Food Lover Events: November

November means food! A list of 17 food-centered events happening in 2018 in Greater Columbia, SC!


First Thursday on Main

Thursday, November 1

Indulge in great deals during this downtown monthly celebration! Enjoy specials at Main Street businesses The Whig, Bourbon, Cantina 76, Drake’s Duck-In, Mast General Store and many more! More here.

Five Points’ 31st Annual Chili Cook-Off

Saturday, November 3

The Five Points Chili Cook-Off is held each fall, where teams battle it out for Columbia’s best chili! Enjoy over 30 awesome chilis, live music, children’s area, craft beers, cornhole, and more! A Food Truck Rodeo will feature regional trucks with delicious, non-chili offerings. More here.


Korean Fall Festival

Saturday, November 3

The Korean Festival will feature dance and music performances, from centuries past to modern K-Pop.  There will be wonderful cultural exhibits and children’s games and of course, incredible Korean cuisine! Korean favorites like kimchi, kimbap, and bulgogi are available as well as Korean ice cream and desserts! Come learn about the Korean community in Columbia and about Korean culture. More here.

Edmund’s Oast Beer Dinner

Monday, November 5edmunds-oast-beer-dinner

Known for their wide variety of fantastical brews, Edmund’s Oast Brewery is recognized as having one of the most unique and diverse beer programs in the Southeast. Whether you prefer on-trend fruited sours, refreshingly bitter dry-hopped IPAs or smooth and seductive American Porters with hints of chocolate and caramel, this Charleston based brewery has something to please even the most discriminating palate. Join Ruth’s for a special beer lover’s night out and experience five of Edmund Oast’s signature brews perfectly paired with a fall-inspired multi-course dinner menu. Space is limited and advance reservations are required. Menu and more here.


November Wood-Fired Italian Harvest Dinner

Monday, November 5
Join City Roots farm for an Italian harvest feast! Guest Chef Blair Machado from Farmstead in Charleston and our chefs will prepare a family-style, four-course Italian 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. More here.

701 Whaley 10 Year Open House Party

Thursday, November 8

Join 701 in celebrating 10 years of weddings, parties, art events, music concerts, performances, fundraisers, meetings, rehearsals, photo and video shoots and all that comes with being Columbia’s most popular and historic gathering space! It will be a FREE Open House Party with food from some of your favorite local caterers including Southern Way Catering, Scott Hall, Sarah Simmons, Anna Cline Catering, Capital City Catering and a cash bar by Black Tie Bartending and Liquid Assets Inc. Plus, there will be a sneak peak of Kristian Niemi’s upcoming Black Rooster POP-UP restaurant. More here.


Devine Night Out

Thursday, November 8

Devine Night Out is Columbia’s PREMIER holiday event! More than 50 stores and restaurants on Devine Street in Columbia will welcome guests from 5 – 8 p.m. for an evening of shopping, socializing and festive cheer. The celebrations continue from 8 – 10 p.m. with a fabulous FREE After Party at Henry’s, featuring live entertainment and complimentary food and beverages. The Crescent Olive will feature Book Signing with Patricia Moore-Pastides, Live Music with Sofia Lynch, Catering by Spotted Salamander, Cocktails by Sallies Greatest and Gorget Distilling. Craft and Draft will have a fantastic tasting from local breweries along with 10% off all merchandise and growler fills, and at Il Giorgione Pizzeria & Wine Bar, get a free glass of house red or white wine with the purchase of a pizza, pasta or entree anytime after 5pm. More here.

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Growing Home Southeast 9th Annual Oyster Roast

Thursday, November 8

The 9th Annual Oyster Roast will be held at The Oaks, with delicious fresh oysters, chili, and the much sought after Low Country boil brimming with shrimp, sausage, corn and potatoes which you can enjoy with an icy cold beer or a glass of wine. A Wine Pull will be held as well as Corn Hole Tournament. You will be able to browse the Silent Auction tables to bid on that perfect gift for the upcoming holidays. Music will be provided so you can dance the night away. It will be a fun–filled evening to enjoy with your family and friends and to meet 350 new friends. The proceeds of the 9th Annual Oyster Roast will benefit the residents of Leaphart Place. More here.

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Champagne Diet on a Beer Budget

Sunday, November 11 | Palmetto Wine Sellers

Palmetto Wine Sellers is a more personal way to buy wine. They search through the lists of wine distributors nationwide to find wines we know to be of the high quality and have exceptional value to sell directly to you. They will hold a Champagne Tasting on Nov 11, where you’ll enjoy tasting 15 different sparkling wines specially chosen by Rocky, The Wine Guy at Palmetto Wine Sellers! Purchase tickets here.

Bubbie’s Jewish Food Extravaganza

Sunday, November 11 | Beth Shalom Synagogue

Kosher prepared foods will include favorites like Brisket, corned beef sandwiches, tzimmes, matzah ball soup, falafel, stuffed cabbage, sweet & sour meatballs, kugel, knishes, kasha varnishkes, Israeli salad, baba ganoush, hummus and vegetarian chopped liver.  Bubbie said not to forget our homemade pickles, challah, rugelach, and mandel bread.  There will be many other baked goods awaiting you at Beth Shalom and silent auction items to bid on. Many of the desserts and dishes will be great for your guests at Thanksgiving & Chanukah! More here.

Vista Lights

Thursday, Nov. 15

tim-mossholder-168610-unsplashMix and mingle, wine and dine, and holiday shop ’til you drop at the annual Vista Lights, a Columbia tradition. More than 90 galleries, shops, and restaurants open their doors to showcase their holiday treasures and delicious dishes, including Liberty Tap Room, Pearlz, & Kaminsky’s! The Vista Guild also organizes live entertainment and performances to get attendees in the holiday spirit as the Mayor of Columbia lights the Vista’s tree at the corner of Gervais and Lincoln Streets. More here.

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Friday, Nov. 16

Join Liberty Tap Room in the Vista for the Friday Night Lights Parking Lot Party! At 7pm on Fridays before USC home games this fall, you can enjoy live music, BBQ, beverages and team spirit at these tailgating parties in the back parking lot of Liberty. More here. Don’t forget to watch all of the big games with Liberty! Join them every Saturday & Sunday for NFL Network + SEC Network broadcasts, plus Game Day Food & Drink Specials! See their Weekend Game Day Menu here.

Thanksgiving Tea & Chocolate Pairing

Friday, November 16

Hosted by The Market Tea Room and Country Store and Evolution through Chocolate, this pairing will be an homage to traditional flavors of the Thanksgiving holiday. Enjoy
White Pear Tea with a Pear Truffle, Cranberry Black Tea with a Cranberry Truffle, Honeybush Pumpkin Chai with a Pumpkin Pie Truffle and Cinnamon Black Tea with a Cinnamon Truffle! Tickets here.


South Carolina Oyster Festival

Sunday, November 18


The 22nd annual South Carolina Oyster Festival will take place on the grounds of Robert Mills and Hampton-Preston from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Steamed oysters will be for sale by the bucket and brought to you by PEARLZ Oyster Bar. You’ll also be able to enjoy oyster shooters, fried oysters, and oyster gumbo! All of these delicious dishes will be available for purchase once inside the festival. If oysters are not your thing, choose from several other food vendors and ice cold beer for sale. Bring your chairs, your blankets, your oyster knives, and your appetite! More here.

Black Friday Crab Boil & Stout Oyster Shooter Event!

Friday, November 23


Swamp Cabbage Brewery will hold the Crab Boil and Stout Oyster Shooter event the day after Thanksgiving, starting at 3 pm. After all that turkey and shopping, why not change it up a little and join Swamp Cabbage under their  pergola with your friends and family! All you can eat tickets cost $40. It’s also going to be a Stout Out, with five taps featuring different variations of Swamp Cabbage stout, while the other five taps will have your regular favorites. In addition, there will be Stout Oyster Shooters for $3, burgers & brats available for purchase, $1 Off pints (if you are partaking in the all you can eat menu), and boxes (one crab cluster/some shrimp/sausage/potato/corn) for $15 Per box. Stay after for trivia and the Firkin Friday special starting at 7pm! Tickets here.

Time Pirates at O’Hara’s Public House

Friday, November 23 | 131 E. Main Street, Lexington

O’Hara’s Corned Beef Burger

O’Hara’s serves up authentic Irish dishes and American comfort foods! Come into O’Hara’s to warm your spirits, and find out why they were voted “Best New Restaurant” for 2018 by readers of The State Newspaper. Come for dinner, and stay for The Time Pirates! More here.


53rd Annual Chitlin Strut

Saturday, November 24

The Chitlin Strut will take place in Salley, SC, and will feature a Parade, Variety of Food Vendors, Arts and Craft Vendors, Carnival, Entertainment, Souvenir Shop,  Hog Calling Contest, Strut Dance Contest,  Beauty Pageant,  and of course, lots and lots of Chitlins, boiled and fried! More here.

Brunch at Swamp Cabbage Brewery

Sunday, November 25
Every last Sunday of the month, make plans to spend the morning with Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company! This will be the LAST Swamp Cabbage brunch until 2019! You’ll enjoy a savory five course meal prepared by Chef Jean-Louis and Yvette of The Belgian Waffle Truck. The menu includes spectacular dishes, with vegetarian options available. Special beer pairing for $10/person. Reservations required. Tickets here.


Country Christmas Celebration

Sunday, November 25
The 2018 Country Christmas Celebration will take place at the South Carolina State Farmers Market on Sunday, November 25. From 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., enjoy a winter wonderland as you shop for the perfect Christmas tree for the holidays. There will be festive fun for children of all ages, including Christmas crafts, music, holiday treats and an antique tractor exhibit. Don’t forget your camera for photos with Santa! More here.

Sustainable Holiday Celebration and Market

Monday, November 26

The Sustainable Holiday Celebration and Market, from 4:30 to 8:30pm, highlights the works of local artisans and craftspeople and provides an opportunity to make unique, beautiful, and locally made gifts part of your holiday celebration! The event also includes live entertainment, delicious food from local chefs, and wine bar to make for a festive environment appropriate for the season. Vendors and more here.

O’Hara’s Public House

Tuesday, November 27 | 131 E. Main Street, Lexington

O’Hara’s Shepherd’s Pie

Come into O’Hara’s to warm your spirits, and find out why they were voted “Best New Restaurant” for 2018 by readers of The State Newspaper! Come for dinner, and stay for this Traditional Irish Music “Sesh” hosted by Corner House! More here.

Tapp’s % Night Fundraiser at the Whig

Wednesday, November 28 | The Whig | 1200 Main St.
Get wild and raise some money for Tapp’s Arts Center! Tapp’s is emphatically broke but abundantly creative and an important element in Columbia’s social terrain. Your stomachs will already be stretched out from turkey so you’re primed to eat and drink delicious food and yummy beers/wines/fancy drinks! Ten percent of sales will go to help Tapp’s. More here.

Fall Craft Night at East Bay Deli 

Wednesday, November 28 | East Bay Deli West Columbia | 108 Sunset Court

Join East Bay Deli for a fun-filled “Fall Craft Night” monthly kid’s night event! They will have kits ready to go for the kids to make their own Fall inspired necklace! Fun begins at 4PM! (while supplies last). Don’t forget – KIDS EAT FREE (Limit one free kid’s meal, per one adult meal)! More here.

O’Hara’s Public House

Thursday, November 29 | 131 E. Main Street, Lexington
O’Hara’s Pretzel Burger
Come into O’Hara’s to warm your spirits, and find out why they were voted “Best New Restaurant” for 2018 by readers of The State Newspaper! Come for dinner, and stay for Prettier Than Matt! More here.

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