Food & Drink

Take a tour or take a cooking class; food festival season is just beginning

Midlands area farmers markets offer locally grown foods and locally produced artisan items. Check out the market schedule in Cook’s Calendar.
Midlands area farmers markets offer locally grown foods and locally produced artisan items. Check out the market schedule in Cook’s Calendar. The State


Enter the Lexington County Peach Festival Annual Peachy Recipe Contest, to be held July 4 at the Gilbert Primary School Cafeteria, 520 Main St., Gilbert. This year the categories are (1) salads and main dishes and (2) desserts. See rules for entry and judging at or call Mary Ellis, (803) 892-5207.

Special events

Today is National Grape Popsicle Day! OK, so it’s not as exciting as Hamburger Day (Thursday, May 28) or Mint Julep Day (Saturday, May 30), but the weather here is perfect for a frozen treat. Enjoy!

Krispy Kreme (limited edition) Southern Classics
Dining with Dogs is back at Solstice Kitchen and Mr Friendly’s! (803) 467-0171 Mr. Friendly’s,
Shrimp, shrimp, shrimp! The Lake Murray Chamber of Commerce Shrimp Boil (803) 356-2151
Shrimp, Shaggin’ and Suds (803) 356-5111
Under the Table Supper Club,
Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
June Harvest Dinner
Friends of James Beard Farm Dinner at Timberock (864) 232-7007 Timberock
Carolina Farm Stewards’ Upstate Farm Tour, (919) 542-2402
Hamptons Southern Chef Series (803) 774-4400
Creek to Table Dinner at City Roots
Artisan Confections
Rotary Club of the Vista’s Garden Party Facebook
Hampton County Watermelon Festival
Ridge Peach Festival,
Love mac-n-cheese? You’ll love Mac Madness
Gaffney Peach Festival,
The Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival
Pageland Watermelon Festival,
SouthEast Crab Feast,
Two Gals and a Fork Food Tours, (803) 360-0578
Brew at the Zoo,
A three-ring culinary circus: Asheville (NC) Wine & Food Festival
Really love fish & seafood? Then you’ll enjoy AquaCurean,
Euphoria Greenville
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic 1-800-227-1500
Carolina Farm Stewards Association Sustainable Agriculture Conference
Wine Wednesdays at Craft And Draft. (803) 764-2575
Columbia Food Tours,
Columbia Brew Bus
Greenville Brew Tours

Cooking classes

Learn to make sushi at SakiTumi. Tuesdays and Thursdays between 5-8 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays between 5-5:30 p.m., couples and small groups can call and arrange classes in the art of making sushi. Pricing options include food and class or choose to include wine or hot sake. Call (803) 931-0700 after 2 p.m. for scheduling or information. SakiTumi is at 807 Gervais St.

Ballentine Community Center (803) 781-2031
Seven Oaks Park (803) 772-3336

Charleston Cooks! at Cross Hill. (803) 509-8111

Fleur de Lys Home Culinary Institute (803) 765-9999

Let’s Cook Culinary Studio events: (803) 348-5874
Cocoa Lab at The Ritz-Carlton Charlotte (704) 547-2244

Market News

Farmers in the Forest, Forest Acres Farmers Market at Richland Mall in the parking lot along Beltline Boulevard. Wednesdays 3-7 p.m. through Oct. 28. Vendor applications can be found at; follow on Facebook.

Blythewood Farmers Market, (843) 697-1733
302 Artisans at Senate’s End,

Northeast Farmers Market,

Rosewood Market Farmers Market,

Irmo Farmers Market,

Kershaw County Farmers Market,

Lexington Farmers Market,

Soda City Market

Sandhills Farmers Market,

Healthy Carolina’s Farmers Market,

Have an upcoming food event? Email details to Deadline is 5 p.m. Friday.

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