Food Lover Events: May

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Gamecocks Curing Kids Cancer Dinner

Thursday, May 3, 2018
Join Curing Kids Cancer and the University of South Carolina Athletics Department for a one-of-a-kind event at Williams-Brice Stadium! Would you like to have dinner with Marcus Lattimore and coaches from the University of South Carolina? If so, join Curing Kids Cancer in a night of giving at The Zone at Williams-Brice Stadium. The evening will include a cocktail hour, a delicious plated dinner, silent auction and programming from former Gamecock Running Back and current Director of Player Development, Marcus Lattimore and Curing Kids Cancer founders Grainne and Clay Owen. Hosted by the SEC Network’s Tony Barnhart. Mix and mingle with coaches from all different sports at USC! More here.

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Freemark Abbey Wine Dinner | Ruth’s Chris

Thursday, May 3, 2018 | 6:30PM
A night filled with fine wine, food and fun! Sip your way through history as Ruth’s celebrates the 130th anniversary of one of California’s oldest wineries, Freemark Abbey, over an incredible five course dinner. From having the first female-owned winery in Napa to their landmark recognition leading up to “The Judgment of Paris” and beyond, Freemark Abbey is known as a legacy and trailblazer in the world of Napa Valley winemaking. Join Ruth’s for an exploration of the Freemark Abbey collection, which includes an unprecedented double wine pairing, and delicious dishes like Crispy Coconut Shrimp, Beet-Cured King Salmon, Petite Filet and more! Call 803.212.6666 for reservations. More here.

Cinco de Mayo Pre-Party Cruise

Friday, May 4

Start your Cinco de Mayo Weekend off right aboard the Spirit of Lake Murray! Eat, Drink, Dance & Be Merry as David Rodriguez and the Palmetto Latin 4 play all your Latin favorites! With a loaded Mexican menu and full Latin band, this 3-hour cruise is sure to sell out quickly, so hurry and get your tickets now!

Cinco de Mayo Dinner Menu:

Carnitas Shredded Pork

Classic Bean & Beef Enchiladas

Mexican Rice*

Black Beans with onions*

Pan Roasted Corn with peppers*

Chips & Salsa*

*denotes a vegetarian item

More here.

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The South Carolina Strawberry Festival

Friday, May 4 – Saturday, May 5
Celebrate the Sweetest Strawberries in the South! The SC Strawberry Festival is Fort Mill’s welcome to spring, where you will spend the week enjoying the sweet taste of our homegrown sun-kissed strawberries. Events include festival pageant, golf tournament, pig races, rides, movies, pancake breakfast, car show, butterfly exhibit, ice cream, hot wing and strawberry Shortcake eating contests, and much more family fun. More here.


Pickin & Piggin’

Saturday, May 5 | Saluda Shoals ParkPickin and Piggin logo
A world class barbecue cook-off & music celebration at Saluda Shoals Park! Savor the flavor of award winning “Q” from South Carolina’s best barbecue cookers while enjoying great live music from from Pickled Holler and the Kenny George Band! Barbecue tasting is from 11am until it runs out, music from 11:30am–2pm. Tickets here.

The Literary Vine Returns

Saturday, May 5
Join the Richland Library Friends and Foundation for an exploration of the beautifully renovated Richland Library Main, while sampling select wine and beer and enjoying delicious food! Tickets here.

Shrimp, Shaggin’ & Suds

Saturday, May 5
Hosted by Lexington County Recreation & Aging Commission, this annual event raises funds for the Meals on Wheels Program in Lexington County. Set in the beautiful Leonard Price Garden, the evening includes a low country shrimp boil, music, beer and wine. Proceeds raised help provide meals for senior individuals needing adequate and proper nutrition. Tickets here.

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Cinco de Derby Party! | Liberty on the Lake

Saturday, May 5
Join Liberty Tap Room & Grill on the Lake in Irmo for a Cinco de Mayo Festival + Kentucky Derby Party! Enjoy Fiesta Food, like Nacho Pizza, Fiesta Drink deals on Tecate Buckets and Dos Equis, and for Derby Drinks, Mint Juleps and Woodford Mules. Wear your best sombrero, Derby hat or tie and come join in the festivities on the lake! Call 803-667-9715 or go here for more info.

Cinco de Mayo

Saturday, May 5 | 1900 Block of Henderson Street

The Language Buzz hosts this 3rd Annual Cinco De Mayo Street Fest, which takes place in the 1900 block of Henderson Street in the Robert Mills Historic District. The event will feature live music, Mariachi band, authentic street food, salsa dancing, face painting, games, activities, and fun for all ages! More here.

The Big Nosh | Tree of Life Congregation

Sunday, May 6 | 6719 N. Trenholm Road

The Big Nosh is back! This annual Jewish food and cultural festival will feature delicious foods, entertainment and music. Come out and try some of the popular Jewish noshes they will be offering like Beef Brisket, Kasha, Chicken Soup with Matzo Balls, Potato Latkes, Kugel, Tzimmes, Chopped Liver and more! More here.

Chefs’ Feast 2018 | Tallulah

Sunday, May 6
Local chefs Sarah Simmons and Russell Jones have joined forces to co-host this event which benefits Transitions Homeless Center. This limited-seating fixed-menu dinner will be hosted by Chef Jones at his restaurant, Tallulah. Guests will enjoy a five-course dinner served by Chef Simmons and a star-studded line-up of nationally acclaimed chefs. More here.

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Graduation Weekend | Rosso Trattoria Italia 

Thursday, May 10 – Saturday, May 12

Rosso’s “elegantly casual” handcrafted Italian cuisine features local, seasonal ingredients. Join them a special dinner menu curated by Rosso for you and your graduation guests that features authentic Italian dishes like House-Made Meatballs, Tuscan Shrimp and Grits, Scallop Risotto, Smoked Pastrami-Style Brisket, Sweet Tea-Brined Pork Chop and more! More here.


Celebrate Graduation at Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Friday, May 11 | 5 – 9pm
Celebrate USC graduation day with perfection at Ruth’s Chris! Join them for an Exclusive Graduation Gala in the Palmetto State Ballroom at the Hilton Columbia Center featuring your Grad and Ruth’s Chris. Enjoy a complimentary champagne toast, personalized menus and even the Chef’s custom Garnet & Black Dessert! Reservations here.

Rosewood Crawfish Festival

Saturday, May 12

The Rosewood Crawfish Festival is a good time for the entire family! Enjoy the Li’l Crawdaddy Carnival, face painting, crawfish races, rides, inflatables, the Artists’ Village, and watch the Crawdaddy Dash 5K! Don’t forget the food! Featured will be 10,000 pounds of fresh Louisiana grown crawfish! Also cajun favorites like boudin, crawfish etouffe, jambalaya, gumbo, Po’ Boys, and food vendors with fair food, southern treats and everything in between! More here.

Lexington Wine Walk

Saturday, May 12
This annual event will feature exhibitors, Main Street Merchants, and restaurants serving wine and hors d’oeuvres. Also enjoy live music and wine tastings. Tickets includes a complimentary wine glass. More here. 

The Melvin Derby — Mother Daughter Tea

Saturday, May 12 | Melvin Park
Grandmothers, Mothers, and Daughters will be able to enjoy a girl’s day at the Melvin Park races. Lunch includes sandwiches, tea, and scones. All the ladies will be able to participate in fun race-themed activities. Space is limited! Reservations must be made in advance. This event will be held outdoors. More here.

Mother’s Day | Gift Ideas

bjomomStill trying to figure out what to get Mom for Mother’s Day? Show her how much you love her with a Beef Box Bouquet from Beef Jerky Outlet! She’ll love this unique, unforgettable and edible gift made up of the finest jerkies available! Plus, you’ll love shopping at Beef Jerky Outlet, with their wide assortment of jerkies, sauces, spices, snacks and pickled products – many of which are available to sample in store! Beef Jerky Outlet is located at 1260 Bower Parkway between the Regal Cinemas and Bonefish Grill. Don’t miss this deal while you’re there: Buy 3 Get One Free Snack Packs!


Here’s another great idea for Mother’s Day, or “Fête Des Mères” – treat her to some sweet, delicious macarons from Crepes and Croissants! A macaron is a delicious, meringue-based cookie-type confection and Columbia’s favorite French bistro, located on Sumter Street, offers them in 8 flavors: Red Velvet, Chocolate/Orange, Salted Caramel, Pistachio, Raspberry, Coffee, Vanilla and Lemon. More here. 

Mother’s Day | Sunday, May 13

Mother’s day Brunch at the Brewery | Swamp Cabbage Brewing Co.

Swamp Cabbage’s Mother’s Day Brunch will feature such delicacies as Fondu Parmesan and Poached Shrimp in a Lobster Cream sauce, all brought to you by Chef Jean-Louis of the Belgian Waffle Truck! Reservations required by May 11th. More here.

Additional Mother’s Day Events:

Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse for Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 13

Take Mom someplace special this year and give her a meal to remember! Dining at Rioz is like taking your tastebuds on a trip to Brazil! Rioz’ Gauchos will bring an unending (until you leave!) assortment of mouth-watering meats to your table as you help yourself to the BEST salad bar in town! Special Mother’s Day hours are 12 – 10pm. More here.

Hops N’ Hogs

Friday, May 18 | Downtown Aiken

Come join the festivities on the corner of Hayne Ave. Ext and Pendleton St. in Downtown Aiken! There will be beer from 20+ regional craft breweries, various BBQ vendors, and live music from 3rd Time Charmers! More here.

Murder in Margaritaville Murder Mystery Dinner

Friday, May 18 | Seven Oaks Park
Seven Oaks Sleuths adults with disabilities theatre group will perform this original mystery, Murder in Margaritaville. The show is an hour of scripted mystery, improvisation and audience participation and includes dinner, dessert and a beverage. Register by May 11th! More here.

The Red Rose Festival

Friday, May 18 & Saturday, May 19 | Downtown Lancaster

Lancaster’s Signature Event is back! The ninth annual Red Rose Festival will feature a weekend of free family fun in the Cultural Arts District of the Red Rose City. There is no admission fee for the popular two-day music festival, which also features children’s rides and activities, arts and crafts, food vendors, Red Rose Photography Contest, and much more. More here.

South Carolina Taco Festival

Saturday, May 19

The 1st ever South Carolina Taco Festival is taking place at the Historic Columbia Speedway! This amazing event will feature over 25 of the areas best restaurant & food trucks along with giant shaded & seated tents, kids fun zone, carnival games, life size beer pong, baggo, multiple stages of live music and entertainment, including authentic Mexican Mariachi bands, margarita bar, tequila sampling tent, Chili Pepper Eating Contest, and more fun for the entire family! All tacos and beverages are pay as you go. Tickets here.

Hop To Trot Festival | Columbia Craft Brewing Company

Saturday, May 19

Columbia Craft invites you to the First Annual Hop to Trot Festival! Come and celebrate the release of the new Hop to Trot IPA with live music from Chris Compton (opener) and The Black Iron Gathering (band), Contests – Best Dressed, Best Hat, and more, free swag and beer giveaways, photo booth, food from Fat Bellies and The Wolf Pizza Co. food trucks, and a cash bar beer station outside. Come dressed to the nines in your derby-style best! More here.

Food Truck Picnic

Sunday, May 20 | Shandon UMC

Come out to Dreher Field to enjoy food, fun and fellowship! Bring cash, chairs, blankets, and comfortable clothes! The BBQ Bus, Cha Cha’s, and Kona Ice will be in the Dreher parking lot. More here.

Drink Pink Rose Festival

Sunday, May 20 | City Roots 
Join City Roots farm for a festival featuring everyone’s favorite summer pink wine. They will be featuring close to 100 Rosé Wines, Kristian Niemi and friends will be serving up tasty food that pairs with them while a live Jazz band plays in the background! Local cheese makers will sell their fresh local artisan products and there will be a wine store onsite. More here.

Farm to Fork in the Garden

Thursday, May 24 | Riverbanks Botanical Garden
Gather around the table at the beautiful and inspiring Riverbanks Botanical Garden for an exceptional culinary experience featuring gourmet, organic fare, handcrafted cocktails and al fresco, family-style dining. Learn about some breathtaking blooms and fascinating foliage. More here.

2018 Red White & Blues Wine Walk

Thursday, May 24| 6 – 9pm | Irmo Town Park

Enjoy a beautiful evening of wine, food and live music in the park! Featured will be vendors, restaurants and live entertainment in the gazebo! Register here.


Coming in June:

Caymus Vineyards Wine Dinner | Ruth’s Chris

Thursday, June 21

Savor the date! Ruth’s Chris Steak House invites you to a celebration of the American fine dining tradition, featuring the renowned Caymus Vineyards. This is a unique opportunity to enjoy wines made by three different members of the Wagner Family (patriarch Chuck Wagner, son Charlie and daughter Jenny). The dinner will be a voyage through the Caymus portfolio, capped off by a rare sampling of their flagship Cabernet Sauvignon. No online reservations available for this event. Call 803.212.6666 for reservations. More information here.

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