Late April – Early May 2017

Food Lover Events

Thursday, April 27 | 7pm | $120 per person (plus tax and gratuity) | at Ruth’s Chris Steak House (924-A Senate St.)

Terra: Cruse Wine Co. Wine Dinner

Wednesday May 3rd | Dinner starts at 6:30pm | at Terra (100 State St., West Columbia) | $120 per person

Terra is excited to welcome owner/winemaker Michael Cruse to Terra on Wednesday, May 3rd for a wine dinner that will begin at 6:30pm with a reception course and one of Michael’s sparkling wines made from Valdigue. Then they will pour a Chardonnay, a Tannat and finally, a Syrah. All the wines are from 2015 vintage except for the Valdigue which is a 2016. Five courses in all, with dessert. Reserve your seats by calling Terra at 803.791.3443.


SC Strawberry Festival

May 5th – May 6th | at 345 N. White Street, Fort Mill

The SC Strawberry Festival is an exciting time that celebrates spring and the sweetest strawberries in the south! This delicious Strawberry festival is held in Fort Mill, SC which is only a little over one hour away from Columbia. Events include a pageant, golf tournament, Pick ‘N Flick, Pick-Your-Own Strawberries, live entertainment, children’s activities, games and contests, food vendors, movie at sundown, Strawberry Jam free outdoor concerts, butterfly exhibit, pig races, arts and crafts vendors, amusements and much more! This festival boasts a total of 32 food vendors from Deep South Roasted Corn, Fort Mill BBQ Company, Island Noodles, to Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, and all food vendors will supply at least one strawberry food item. Can you say delicious? More here.

12th Annual Rosewood Crawfish Festival

Saturday, May 6th | 11am – 8pm | $15 per person day of event (kids 12 and under are free)

For Foodies and lovers of all things Creole, Cajun & Crawfish – this festival is for YOU. Once again this year, the Creole Chef is back and will be rolling into town with 10,000 pounds of fresh Louisiana grown crawfish. Also on hand will be all your Cajun favorites including boudin, crawfish etouffe, jambalaya and much more.

Cody Guillory / Quality Crawfish
OVER 10,000 lbs. of Fresh Farm Raised Louisiana Crawfish*
Purged, Seasoned and Boiled to Perfection. Ample servings including corn and potatoes.

Other Cajun Delights Include:

  • Fried alligator tails
  • Crawfish Etouffee over rice
  • Chicken and andouille sausage gumbo
  • Chicken sausage jambalaya
  • Assorted Po’ Boys
  • Boudin sausage

Crawfish Aren’t Your Thing?  No reason to fret.  More than a dozen food vendors will be on hand selling everything from hamburgers to gator, and fair food to southern treats.


*A few things to keep in mind: Admission fee does not cover the cost of crawfish. Since their crawfish are brought in live directly from Louisiana, it is necessary to base the quantity on previous years’ sales. Please plan to come early as they have been known to run out before the day is over.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. Purchase here.

Swamp Cabbage: Pups and Pintsswamp-cabbage-summer2017

Sunday, May 7th | 2pm – 5pm | at Swamp Cabbage Brewery (921 Brookwood Drive)

Swamp Cabbage Brewing wil be collecting donations for the Humane Society and also pet adoption!

Enoree River Winery: Pack the Porch

Series begins Sunday, May 7th | at Enoree River Winery (1650 Dusty Rd., Newberry)

Featuring local wine and live music, Enoree River Winery’s second annual Pack the Porch spring series will begin Sunday, May 7, at the winery and vineyard in Newberry, South Carolina and will continue every Sunday afternoon in May from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm. This free, wine event welcomes both local and out-of-town guests at South Carolina’s very own local vineyard, conveniently located just 30 minutes northwest of Columbia. Guests can relax on the covered, wraparound porch overlooking the luscious vineyard or bring blankets and chairs to enjoy music and wine from the vineyard grounds. A variety of refreshing, seasonal wines by Enoree River Winery will be available for purchase by the glass and bottle at the event. New, local talent will take the stage each Sunday. Check out the musical lineup & get more information here.

Guests are invited to bring snacks and friends while sharing in a day full of delicious wine, live music, dancing, laughter and memories. Dogs are also welcome at the event, but must remain on leashes and be well socialized with other dogs and people.

For more information call them at 803-276-2855.

The Big Nosh

Sunday, May 7th | The Tree of Life Congregation (6719 N Trenholm Rd.) | 11am – 3pm

The Tree of Life Congregation is pleased to invite the entire community to the eighth annual Big Nosh Jewish Food & Cultural Festival and the 121st anniversary of their congregation. The Big Nosh celebrates “everything Jewish” and there will be an astonishing variety of mouth-watering Jewish delicacies to eat in or take out! Enjoy delicious Jewish favorites ranging from:

  • Latkes: Potato Pancakes
  • Beef Brisket: tender meat from the finest beef, simmered in onion and tomato sauce, sublimely rich in flavors like your Bubbe (grandmother) used to make
  • Stuffed Cabbage: chopped beef lovingly rolled in cabbage and cooked bubbling hot in a sweet tomato sauce
  • Potato Knish: pillows of fluffy potatoes cloaked in flakey pastry
  • Tzimmes: sweet vegetable salad
  • Pastrami: a smoked brined brisket, peppered to perfection, sliced think, served on Rye bread
  • Cabbage soup: Rabbi Marcus’ famous recipe made with beef, cabbage, tomatoes and love
  • Kugel: a sweet noodle casserole
  • Kasha: fluffy buckwheat kernels cling to pasta bows.

& more! Don’t worry Foodies there will be plenty of food for everyone to ‘Nosh on’. Enjoy! Visit their website here.

31st SC Poultry Festival

Thursday, May 11th – Saturday, May 13th | Thurs: 6-10pm; Friday: 6-11:30pm; Saturday: 8am-11:30pm | 101 Main St, Leesville, South Carolina 29070 | Free admission

Over 30 years ago the town of Batesburg-Leesville recognized that the agricultural business was huge part of South Carolina, but that the Poultry business was a large part of this. The SC Poultry Festival was born as the agri-business employs thousands in production, processing, marketing of eggs, broilers, turkeys, pigeons, quail and spring chickens! Lexington County is home to Columbia Farms, Saluda County headquarters of Amick Farms and Gentry’s Poultry Company, and Aiken County are among the state’s top broiler producers, which are all surrounding the town of Batesburg-Leesville. With that said, the SC Poultry Festival is quickly approaching and just keeps getting bigger every year. Don’t miss out on their Antique Car show, a sand artist that is bringing 45 tons of sand in, a tractor show, the fun crafts they’ll have, their 3 stages full of live entertainment (the band that played at the very first SC Poultry Festival will be back!), the amusement rides, pig races (2 Friday night and 4 on Saturday!), Saturday night fireworks provided by Pyrotecnico, but get excited especially for the variety of quality classic carnival fares including, but not limited to:

  • Fried Dough
  • Corn dogs
  • Pizza
  • Italian Sausages
  • Hamburgers
  • Cotton Candy
  • Candy Apples
  • Funnel Cakes

Delicious, right? Though don’t worry because there will be lots of chicken centered products from chicken sandwiches, chicken on a stick, chicken nachos and more too! Two restaurants, Shealy’s BBQ and Jackie Hite’s BBQ will both be in attendance also. These two restaurants are sure to have lots of bbq, but they will also be serving some delicious chicken products. Alright, light up your taste buds and enjoy this family fun festival! Oh and the worlds #1 Best Chicken Cooking Contest will be going down also. Talk with cooks about what they are marinating their chicken in and view displays. Fasten your seat belts Foodies! It’s going to be a wild ride.

Rosso Trattoria Italia: Mother’s Day Brunch

Sunday, May 14th | at Rosso Trattoria Italia (4840 Forest Drive) | 11:30am – 2:30pm

More details coming soon.rosso-summer2017-1

Columbia Brew Bus

Columbia Brew BusColumbia Brew Bus provides the only all-inclusive guided brewery tasting and tour bus experience in Columbia! Columbia Brew Bus is passionate about the service they provide and want to help see Columbia’s craft beer scene continue to grow.

Columbia Brew Bus offers two types of tours: the Columbia Brew Tour and the Wine & Spirits Tour.

The Columbia Brew Tour allows you to experience Columbia’s craft beer scene! This ride includes a brewery led tasting session and facility tour at Conquest Brewing, River Rat Brewery and Swamp Cabbage Brewing. This is a 21 and over tour. At each stop you get at least 16 oz. of beer samples, a facility tour led by a brewery staff member, a Q&A with brewery staff, and the chance to buy brewery merchandise.columbia-brew-bus-tour-picture

On the Wine and Spirits tour, experience the best way to visit and taste Columbia’s great distilleries and wine selection. The current tour stops include Copper Horse Distilling, Crouch Distilling and The Vino Garage. At each distillery, you get to sample at least three different craft spirits, enjoy a curated tasting of at least four different wine samples at Vino Garage, take a tour of the distilleries led by master distillers, and have a Q&A with the distillery and wine bar owners.columbia-brew-bus-tour-picture-2

The bus will have PLENTY of coolers all iced down and ready to keep your growler and bottle purchases cool until you take them home. Light snacks and water will be given out between brewery stops. Enjoy the sight seeing, trivia, and prizes along the way!

Columbia Brew BusColumbia Brew Bus offers all kind of deals! Whether it’s a birthday party, bachelor(ette) party, office get away, reunion or just a night out with your friends, they offer price breaks for groups of eight people or more. Columbia Brew Bus also offers military discounts, student discounts, and senior discounts. If you are the designated driver of the group, Columbia Brew Bus will gladly take the price of the beer provided out of the overall ticket price.

Book your tour today or see Columbia Brew Bus’s Facebook page.

Hop on with some friends and let the good times and bus roll!

Columbia Brew Tour Start Location: Liberty Taproom {828 Gervais St}; Columbia Wine & Spirits Tour Start Location: Bourbon {1214 Main Street}  |

Tour Times: Fri 5:30 – 9pm; Sat 3 – 6:30pm; Sun 2 – 5:30pm