Food Lover Events: August

Celebrate National Sandwich Month at East Bay Deli!

1426 Main Street, 803.814.2277 | 108 Sunset Ct., West Columbia, 803.791.1150

National Sandwich MonthAugust is National Sandwich Month, and the best place to celebrate is at East Bay Deli! East Bay has all of your deli favorites, and offers delicious sandwiches like the Dixie Darling – a triple decker stacked with roast beef, turkey and Swiss cheese, with coleslaw, pepper relish, lettuce and tomato on toasted rye. The Citadel (above) features oven roasted turkey, ham, honey mustard dressing, bacon, lettuce, tomato, Swiss and cheddar on toasted wheat. The popular Chief Reuben’s got hot corned beef, Swiss, sauerkraut and Russian dressing on grilled rye, and the NY Yankee is a triple decker filled with hot corned beef AND pastrami with Swiss, lettuce and tomato on toasted rye. Try one of these, or any of their other “deli-cious” sandwiches at EBD, located on Main Street in downtown Columbia and in West Columbia on Hwy 378 near Lexington Medical Center. More here.

First Thursday on Main Street

Thursday, August 2

Indulge in great deals during this downtown monthly celebration! It’s Bell’s Night at The Whig, and they’ll be serving up your favorite Bell’s Brewery beers; Bourbon will feature $5 Seasonal Moscow Mules; Cantina 76 will have 1/2 off their Original House Margaritas; and you can enjoy craft beer and wine on the patio at Drake’s Duck-In. Plus, Mast Store is hosting a Let’s Taco ’bout Chacos with Cantina 76! More First Thursday specials here.

National Watermelon Day

Friday, August 3


What says “summer” better than a sweet, juicy delicious slice of nature’s biggest fruit? Head to the SC State Farmers Market for the best-tasting! And here’s a link to Watermelon 101!

Brew at the Zoo

Friday, August 3

Brew at the Zoo is Columbia’s coolest suds sippin’ safari, held annually at Riverbanks Zoo! Sample from over 100 varieties of imported, domestic and micro-brews as you stroll through the zoo, enjoy live entertainment, and watch one-of-a-kind animal encounters! More here.

Shop ‘Til You Feast at Rioz During Tax Free Weekend!

Friday, August 3 & Saturday, August 4 | 410 Columbiana Drive

(TB400)Rioz Cola Tax Free WeekendWhile you’re shopping your little heart out this weekend, saving money like crazy on Tax-Free Weekend, you’re gonna need to eat! And you very well may find yourself at Columbiana Centre or stores along Harbison Boulevard, and you may very well be thinking “man, if I could save money on our dinner like I did at Dillard’s…” well, lucky you! You can treat yourself and fellow shoppers to the magnifico feast at Rioz… for a mere $24.95!  Includes their legendary meat service (all you can eat) and their amazing salad bar (jaw-dropping intensity)!  Check it out here.


Farm Day Market

Saturday August 5 | 9am – 3pm

Join The Alpaca Experience in Ridgeway for summer fun at their August On-Farm Market and Farm Tour! Friendly vendors will have a wide variety of unique arts and crafts as well as fresh produce. Their farm store will be full of fresh eggs, butter and cheese. They have farm raised chicken and rabbit in the freezer.  The self-guided farm tours help you explore sustainable farming practices. Information Stations and age appropriate scavenger hunts will help you and your family learn more about our animals and farming practices. Their vendors keep getting better and better! You never know what you’ll find!  More here.

Attention FredHeads: National Frozen Custard Day is August 8th! Treats for $1!

Wednesday, August 8 | 457 Killian Rd | 10611 Broad River Rd | 2879 Sunset Blvd


In honor of National Frozen Custard Day, Freddy’s guests can purchase a single cone or dish or custard cookie for $1 on August 8! Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers will support the Kids in Need Foundation by donating 50¢ for every frozen custard single cone, single dish or custard cookie sold on this day. Stop by your closest Freddy’s for frozen custard sundaes, cones, and Oreo® or Nutter Butter® Custard Sandwiches, and help provide needy kids with school supplies! More here.

Melodies for Martins™ Purple Martin Sunset Dinner Cruise

Friday, August 10 | Spirit of Lake Murray

ssssssssssssssssssssssCome sail on the Spirit of Lake Murray this Purple Martin Season! On board the Spirit you’ll enjoy a full dinner on your way out to Bomb Island to hopefully witness one of Mother Nature’s unique phenomenons. On this cruise you’ll enjoy delicious dinner fare like Pecan Encrusted Chicken with Raspberry Glaze, Peppered Steak with white rice, Classic Squash Casserole and more, as you listen to the sounds of The BoJack Dawson Duo, playing all of your easy listening favorites. More here.

9th Annual Tasty Tomato Festival

Saturday, August 11 | City Roots Urban Farm, 1005 Airport Blvd 

fresh red tomatoThe Midlands community is invited to come together to celebrate local food and the champion of the garden: the heirloom tomato, during Sustainable Midlands’ 9th Annual Tasty Tomato Festival! The festival is a celebration of locally grown food, the people who grow it, the restaurants who serve it, the markets that sell it, and the people who eat it. More here.

Jamil Food Truck Jamboree

Saturday, August 11 | Jamil Shrine Temple | 206 Jamil Rd

Enjoy local food trucks, live music, free rides for kids and a beer tent (ID required)! Free parking. $5 Admission, Kids FREE and Active Duty military FREE w/ ID. Admission Free with Repti-Con admission.More information here.

Kegs & Eggs Beer Brunch

Sunday, August 12 | Liberty Tap Room Vista | 828 Gervais St.


Liberty Tap Room and Cottontown Brew Lab present this event, where you’ll enjoy a delicious, five course brunch menu, with beer pairings you’ll love! Selections include innovative brunch items like Pork Belly Biscuits and Red Eye Gravy, a Potato, Poblano and Duck Hash, Mango & Pepper Jelly Monte Cristo and more, with exceptional brews like Carolina Crush Session IPA, Indah Coffee Stout, Bull Street Wheat and more. See the menu and get tickets here.

Sunday Brunch Cruise on Lake Murray

Sunday, August 12 | Spirit of Lake Murray

ppppppppppppppppppppAll aboard the Spirit of Lake Murray, for the Sightseeing Sundays Summer Series: Lunch & Brunch cruises, every other Sunday this Summer. Enjoy a menu full of delicious brunch favorites, like Southern Shrimp & Grits, Breakfast Sausage Frittata, Fresh Berry Delight and more, as you glide along the sparkling waters of the Lake. Book your cruise today! More here.

Purple Martin Sunset Dinner Cruises

Tuesday, August 14 and Friday August 17| Spirit of Lake Murray

jan-niclas-aberle-415878-unsplash (1)Come sail on the Spirit of Lake Murray this Purple Martin Season! On board the Spirit you’ll enjoy a full dinner on your way out to Bomb Island to hopefully witness one of Mother Nature’s unique phenomenons. Enjoy delicious dinner fare. Nobody leaves hungry!  Full bar. Book your cruise today! More here.

Summerville’s Third Thursday

Thursday, August 16
On the Third Thursday of every month, Downtown Summerville shops, restaurants, art galleries and more extend their hours and run specials from 5:30-8:30pm. It’s a perfect chance to get acquainted with the historic downtown area of Summerville! More here.

Happy Fourth Birthday, Swamp Cabbage!

Sunday, August 19 | 921 Brookwood Drive

swamp fourSwamp Cabbage Brewery will celebrate their four year anniversary with a party at the brewery, beginning at 1pm! Join them on Aug. 19 for fantastic beer, food and music, and get yourself a commemorative Swamp Cabbage Anniversary glass as a keepsake! Festivities will take place both inside the brewery, and outside under their dog-friendly, shaded pergola. Swamp Cabbage, Columbia’s best microbrewery, always has something fun happening, like Brunch At The Brewery with the Belgian Waffle Truck, Firkin Fridays, Paint and Pint, and Trivia Nights! Check out their events here, and learn more about the upcoming anniversary fete here.



Veuve Clicquot Champagne Dinner | Ruth’s Chris

Tuesday, August 21 | 924-A Senate Street | 803-212-6666

This special dinner at Ruth’s Chris Steak House will provide guests with a fun opportunity to explore the versatility of champagnes, from the world class champagne house of Veuve Clicquot! Learn the history of Madame Clicquot, the Grande Dame of bubbly, and enjoy a perfectly paired champagne tasting experience alongside a five course culinary journey. Dishes include a variety of exceptional dishes, like Fried Oyster Po’Boy, Sea Bass & Shrimp Stew, Tenderloin Tartar, Petite Filet with Herbed Truffle Crust, and Lemon Curd Napoleon. Make your reservation now and celebrate the best of Veuve Clicquot. More here.

Crepes for a Crowd!

Crepes and Croissants | 1465 Sumter Street | 803.462.4779

The next time you need to feed a crowd, just rent The Crepe Guy, and let him do all the work! Your guests will thank you for these scrumptious, warm, sweet and savory crepes that are made right before their eyes! More information here.


Main Street Latin Festival

Saturday, August 25

The Main Street Latin Festival serves to showcase the culture and vitality of Columbia’s Latin community through the foods, arts, dances and music of the Latin culture! Come celebrate in this fun, family-oriented environment, and enjoy the sounds of salsa, merengue, reggaeton and grupero music, see folkloric dancers and indulge in delicious Latin foods. More here.

Taco Crawl

Saturday, August 25


Taco about a party! This unique event is perfect for anyone who loves fun, and loves tacos! Enjoy delicious fare and drink specials from several participating restaurants in the Vista, including Tin Lizzy’s, Hickory Tavern, Vista Union, Carolina Ale House, Liberty Tap Room, Wild Wing Cafe, Social Bar and Lounge, and 929 Kitchen & Bar, who will be featuring a Shrimp Kimchi Slaw Taco! Your admission ticket gets you a Taco Crawl Koozie, Hornitos Tequila Taco Shuttle, Hornitos Tequila Ice Luge, map, photo props, DJs and entertainment and more. Get a chance to vote for the Best Tasting Taco and the Best Margarita! More here.


August Harvest Dinner

Monday, August 27 | 1005 Airport Blvd

Join F2T Productions for a harvest feast at City Roots Farm! Executive Chef Frank Bradley from Bourbon and F2T Productions’ Chef Liaison will prepare a family style, four-course farm to table dinner featuring seasonal ingredients from local farmers and artisans. Enjoy a welcome cocktail by Bourbon on Main Street and wine pairings by Advintage. Tickets here.


Fireflies Tasting Event | Hops and Hot Wings

Wednesday, August 29
The Columbia Fireflies baseball organization is hosting a series of Tasting Events this season. August 29 is Hops and Hot Wings! More information here.

Latin Night at Rioz!

Friday, August 31 | 410 Columbiana Drive

Latin Night returns to Rioz Brazilian Steak House! Enjoy free Salsa lessons from 10 – 10:45pm, and Latin DJ Party from 10:45pm – 2am! More here.

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