FoodShare Columbia connects families and communities with affordable fresh fruits and vegetables from local and regional farmers. The partnership of City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department, Richland Library, USC School of Medicine, EdVenture Children’s Museum and the Columbia Housing Authority provides the boxed food that can be ordered twice a month, between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Bellfield Cultural Arts Center at 2611 Grant St., (803) 255-8161. Cost is $20; $10 for SNAP participants. Cash and EBT accepted.
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City Roots is expanding,
leasing a five-acre parcel near Heathwood Hall. With the expansion comes the need for new equipment so there is a crowdfunding site set up to help buy a new tractor. If you want to be a part of the new Roots or want more information, check outwww.barnraiser.us
Ashley’s Catering at Old McCaskill’s Farm, 377 Cantey Lane, Rembert, is serving fresh farm-to-table lunch beginning at noon every Friday in July on a first-come, first-served basis (you can reserve a spot by calling (803) 669-1628).www.oldmccaskillfarm.com
Historic Columbia Happy Hour: History through Photography,
5:30 p.m. Friday, July 17, at Seibel’s House. Discover the history of photography and see what you look like through a stereoscope or daguerrotype. Tickets $15 for Historic Columbia members, $20 for non-members, includes drinks and light hors d’oeuvres and available athistoriccolumbia.org
or call(803) 252-1770, ext. 23
The Sustainable Midlands Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival
is 4-9 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at City Roots. This celebration of local food features heirloom tomato tasting, tomato bobbing, live music (from Bryson Jenings, Emily Hearn, Liz Brennen, Palmetto BLue and Willie Wells & The Blue Ridge Mountain Grass), local food and drink and the popular Tasty Tomato Contest. Enter your actual homegrown tomatoes or, new this year, take a photo of your bounty in the Show Us Your Tomatoes Photo Contest. Rules and information attastytomatofestival.com
Pageland Watermelon Festival,
July 17-18 in downtown Pageland. Try your hand at the seed spitting and/or watermelon eating contests, enjoy some great food and watch the nightly rodeo.pagelandwatermelonfestival.com
Two Gals and a Fork Food Tours,
led by Gloria Freeman and Janet Jordan, and Historic Columbia take you on a 21/2-hour walking tour of the Vista, visiting five of the area’s top restaurants Saturday, July 18. Choose either 11 a.m. Brunch and Munch tour or 4 p.m. Sites and Bites tour focusing on the history of Columbia and the Vista. Tickets range from $30-$38. Information,www.twogalsfoodtours.com
. Ask about customized tours or Vista Crawls for you and your friends.
SouthEast Crab Feast,
4-7 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at Saluda Shoals Park. Tickets are on sale now, $29 per person, includes all-you-can-eat blue crab, 20-ounce bowl of Lowcountry Boil (shrimp, corn, potato and beef sausage), live music and entertainment; $10 for children ages 4-12; free for children under 4.www.SouthEastCrabFeast.com
Yappy Hour Grilling on the Patio at Rosso,
July 21, with chefs Travis Rayle and Kristian Niemi at Rosso Trattoria Italia in Trenholm Plaza. Bring your best canine buddy and hang out on the patio with treats for the pups and icy beverages and grilled local goodness for yourself. A portion of every Yappy Hour night will benefit a local pet shelter. More information,(803) 787-3949
a sampling of the best in local foods, 6-9 p.m. July 23 at 701 Whaley. Participating restaurants include 2Fat2Fly, Aberdeen Catery, Blue Marlin, Bourbon, Juniper, Let’s Cook, Oak Table, Pearlz, Rosso, Saluda’s, Silver Spoon Bakery and Terra. Tickets $50 per person, proceeds to benefit Friends of Farm Bureau Political Action Committee, available ateventbrite.com
, at the door or by calling Beverly Sease at(803) 936-4215
Farm to Gallery Dinner
6:30-9:30 p.m. July 30 at SC State Museum. In conjunction with the Carolina Makers art exhibition, the museum will host a dinner in the middle of the exhibition gallery. Dine on local foods while enjoying the work of local craftspeople. Participating chefs include Kristian Niemi of Bourbon and Rosso, Executive Chef Frank Bradley of Bourbon, Executive Chef Travis Rayle of Rosso, Chef Brandon Vielle of Juniper in Ridge Spring. River Rat Brewery will supply craft beers, live music from the Ruby Brunettes. Tickets $150 per person, general public; $120 for museum members; available atscmuseum.org
or call for information(803) 737-4767
Ratstafest at River Rat Brewery
, begins at noon Aug. 1. A $5 cover gets you into the Rat Cave where you can enjoy live music, River Rat BBQ Jamaican Jerk pulled pork and chicken, M&M Italian Ice, KC Hot Dogs Caribbean Wrap Wagon. Information atriverratbrewery.com
Brew at the Zoo,
rain or shine 7-9:30 p.m. Aug. 7 at Riverbanks Zoo. Enjoy microbrew, domestic and import beers while wandering through the wildlife or hang out in the plaza and listen to live music. Ages 21 and over only, advance tickets on sale: $35 Riverbanks members, $45 general public, $55 day of event.www.riverbanks.org
Catch island fever at the Newberry Opera House Guild’s Luau
7 p.m. Aug. 8 at the West Home, 13074 Highway 34, Newberry. There will be live music, silent auction, a roasted pig, beer, wine, island drinks and a prize for the best Island costume. Sponsored by the Newberry Opera House Guild, tickets are $40 and are available at the Opera House Box Office,(803) 276-6264
, or from any NOH Guild Member. Proceeds to benefit Newberry Opera House.
Chefs, now’s your time to show off during the Columbia Small Plate Crawl
Sept. 22-24. Presented by Six and Twenty Distillery, early registration (and reduced fee) for Columbia-area restaurants is Aug. 9; regular registration ends Sept. 4. During the three-day Crawl Event, restaurants will offer special Small Plate Menus priced from $4 to $10 to showcase their cuisine and restaurants may choose the block of time to participate in the Crawl (breakfast, lunch, dinner or all day). For information, call Nichole Livengood atNichole@CarolinaEpicurianEvents.com
or call(864) 320-3002
. Latest news atfacebook.com/columbiasmallplatecrawl
A three-ring culinary circus: Asheville (NC) Wine & Food Festival
, Aug. 20-22. The event opens with Elixir on Aug. 20, a competition between chefs and mixologists. Then comes Sweet, the largest gathering of pastry chefs on the East Coast. The weekend ends with the Grand Tasting at the U.S. Cellular Center. Information and tickets atashevillewineandfood.com
Really love fish & seafood? Then you’ll enjoy AquaCurean,
a gourmet seafood and spirits celebration Aug. 28-30 at The Westin Savannah Harbor Gold Resort & Spa. Tickets go on sale May 29 for events such as the Coastal Chef’s Table, Insider’s Affair, AquaCurean Challenge & Coastal Pop-up and the Fresh Catch & Cocktails Jazz Brunch.www.aquacurean.com
The Great American Whiskey Fair,
presented by Bourbon, 6-9 p.m. September 10 at 701 Whaley will feature over 300 bourbons, whiskeys and ryes from the US, Scotland, Ireland, Canada and Japan. Limited early tickets, available now for $50 per person through Aug. 1 ateventbrite.com
, includes whiskey and food tastings and access to the Cigar Veranda. Tickets sold only in advance, not available at the door.ExperienceWhiskey.com
Beer in the Garden: Moore Farms Botanical Garden Beer Fest
is 1-5 p.m. Sept. 12, at 100 New Zion Rd., Lake City. Enjoy some of the South’s finest craft beer while wandering around the 50-acre botanical garden. Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at gate, $10 designated driver. Special VIP ticket, $35, includes MFBG Beer Fest t-shirt, pint glass, early tasting (enter at noon rather than 1 p.m.) and your very own hops plant. Proceeds go to Harvest Hope Food Bank – Pee Dee. Tickets available atmoorefarmsbg.org
celebrates 10 years Sept. 17-20. Check out the official lineup (Edwin McCain returns!) and get your tickets now ateuphoriagreenville.com
begins 3 p.m. Sept. 19 at River Rat Brewery. Over 100 taps in 50 tents, food vendors, live music and more. Tickets sold in advance only, no tickets available at the gate, no kids, must be 21 years of age to attend. Tickets: $90 VIP includes commemorative glass, exclusive entry to Tap Room, special beer pouring and all food inclusive with this ticket; $65 regular entry, commemorative glass, access to vendors and beer tents, food not included; $25 designated driver includes food ticket for plate of barbecue and soft drink. River Rat is at 1231 Shop Road. Tickets througheventbrite.com
Dine on the Bridge ... the Gervais Street Bridge Dinner
brings together restaurants from Columbia, West Columbia and Cayce in a celebration of what we all have in common. Scheduled for 4-8 p.m. Oct. 18, tickets for this first-ever event are on sale now atgervaisstreetbridgedinner.com
. Proceeds to benefit Congaree Riverkeeper.
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic
returns Oct. 30 and 31 at Epcot Resort Area Hotel. This outdoor event will feature 40 stations of culinary selections, wine from more than 30 wineries and a beer garden featuring local and seasonal brews from around the world. Event details and ticket packages available atwww.SwanDolphinFoodandWineClassic.com
Carolina Farm Stewards Association Sustainable Agriculture Conference
is scheduled for Nov. 6-8 in Durham, NC. Information atwww.carolinafarmstewards.org
Wine Wednesdays at Craft And Draft.
Each Wednesday will feature select wines at $5 per glass and three to four wines that will be available for sampling and buying. Craft and Draft is at 2706 Devine St.,(803) 764-2575
Columbia Food Tours,
owned by Kristin and Brian Cole, takes you on a walking tour of downtown Columbia to experience the culture and cuisine of the Capital City. Sign up for a tour, gathering at the State House steps, and visit six to eight of Columbia’s finest restaurants and sample items from the menu. Tours last 21/2-hours, rain or shine. More information and ticket reservations atwww.columbiafoodtours.com
Columbia Brew Bus
offers tours of Columbia’s growing beer scene. A standard tour, $45, includes pickup at one of the partner restaurants (Flying Saucer, Liberty Tap Room or World of Beer) and stops at Conquest Brewing, River Rat Brewery and Swamp Cabbage Brewing. At each stop you get at least 16 ounces of beer samples, brewery tour, Q&A with brewery staff and opportunity to buy brewery merchandise. Along the way, enjoy sightseeing, light snacks, trivia and prizes, coolers to keep purchases cold and an all-S.C. music playlist curated by Scene SC. Information and booking atwww.columbiabrewbus.com
Greenville Brew Tours
offers Saturday tours of breweries, an overview of the brewing processes and tastings of craft beers with a final stop at The Greenville Growler Station, a leading craft beer tavern in Greenville. Participating breweries include Thomas Creek, Brewery 85, Quest Brewing and Swamp Rabbit Brewery with occasional excursions to Charlotte, Asheville, N.C., and Athens, Ga. Tickets are $55 per person. Private tours available. Information, schedule and ticket reservations atgreenvillebrewtours.com
Craft food producers: Time to enter the Good Food Awards recognizing the best in taste and sustainability. Entries in beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, coffee, confections, honey, oils, pickles, preserves, spirits and (brand new catagories) cider and pantry items. Winners will be showcased in San Francisco at a special one-day Good Food Awards Marketplace in January. Entries accepted through July 31 at www.goodfoodawards.org
Bertolli Olive Oil Taste of Tradition Recipe Contest.
Bertolli Olive Oil celebrates its 150th anniversary by asking food lovers across America to send in their favorite original family recipe using Bertolli olive oil and/or Bertolli vinegar for a chance to win a culinary trip for two to Tuscany, Italy. Recipes will be accepted in five categories: appetizers, main dishes, soups/salads, side dishes and desserts. Entries, including instructions, ingredients, photo and/or video should be submitted toBertolliOliveOil.Tumblr.com
no later than July 31. More information atwww.villabertolli.com
Here’s your chance to win a professional grill.
Enter the Jarlsberg Cheese Extraordinary Grill Contest simply by filling out the form on theFacebook/JarlsbergUSA
site. One entry per person, per week, now through Aug. 31. Winners will be randomly selected and notified by email.
Calling all chefs – current, retired and experienced. Cooking Matters, a new cooking and nutrition education curriculum, will be hosting cooking and nutrition classes for adults in various locations in Columbia and is looking for volunteers to share their skills. If you are interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn to make sushi at SakiTumi.
Wednesdays by appointment, 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
presents Flavors of the World cooking class series meeting 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month. Classes $15 per person. To register or for more information, all Charlene Lyles(803) 781-2031
Chef Francois Fisera hosts cooking classes atFleur de Lys Home Culinary Institute
. Friday, July 17, beef filet with Martell cognac flambe; July 31, New Zealand and Austrailian wines paired with lamb stew; Aug. 3, Florida tuna verde. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave.(803) 765-9999
Let’s Cook Culinary Studio events:
Wednesday, July 15, couples grill class with Tec Infrared Grills; Friday, July 17, couples blueberries; July 21, WIld Women; July 24, couples paella; July 31, small plate Italian. Detailed listings atletscookculinary.com
. Let’s Cook is at 1305 Assembly St.(803) 348-5874
Cocoa Lab at The Ritz-Carlton Charlotte
hosts small cooking classes focusing on chocolate, cocoa, herbs and fruits. Class fee, $100, includes parking, recipe collection, keepsake apron and dining on what you create. Classes run 8:30 a.m. to noon: Summer fruit classics (plum tarte tatin, almond peach cobbler, blueberry frozen yogurt and vanilla-scented quinoa salad), Saturday, July 18. Call to reserve a spot,(704) 547-2244
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 farmersintheforest.org; follow on Facebook.
Blythewood Farmers Market,
4-7 p.m. Wednesdays, Doko Meadows, 171 Langford Road, Blythewood. Contact Michaela Barno(843) 697-1733
for more information.
302 Artisans at Senate’s End,
2-7 p.m. (No Frills Grill food truck serves lunch noon-6 p.m.) Thursdays through Oct. 29 at 302 Senate St.www.facebook.com/302Artisans
Northeast Farmers Market,
3-7 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 22, Lake Carolina’s Town Center,www.lakecarolina.com
Rosewood Market Farmers Market,
1-7 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays, 2803 Rosewood Drive, (803) 256-6410www.rosewoodmarket.com
1st Market at First Nazareth Baptist Church,
Saturdays 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. through Nov. 21; Wednesdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Millwood parking lot across from church. Senior vouchers, WIC, SNAP/EBT and debit cards accepted. Local farmers and gardeners encouraged to participate, (803) 254-6232
Irmo Farmers Market,
9 a.m.-noon, first and third Saturdays through September, Carlisle Street, Irmo,www.irmofarmersmarket.com
Kershaw County Farmers Market,
8 a.m.-noon Saturdays through Nov. 21, 222 Broad St., Camden,www.kcfarmersmarket.org
Lexington Farmers Market,
9 a.m.-noon Saturdays through Sept. 26 (except July 4), Lexington Square Park, 205 E. Main St.www.lexsc.com
Soda City Market
, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday at the 1500 block of Main Street; Mini-market every Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Marriott on Main.www.sodacitysc.com
Sandhills Farmers Market,
2-7 p.m. Tuesdays through Nov. 24 at Sandhill Research Center, 900 Clemson Road, across from Village at Sandhillwww.clemson.edu
Healthy Carolina’s Farmers Market,
9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Davis Field (Greene Street) July 7, 14, 21 and 28.
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