March 2017 Food Lover Events

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Babysitter Night at Solstice!

Monday March 6th, 2017 | at Solstice Kitchen {841 Sparkleberry Ln #4} | Reservations required. | 803.788.6966 solstice-kitchen
Enjoy an “Adults Only” dinner while their experienced babysitters take care of your little ones in their private dining room! Kiddos will get fed, watch movies, and do arts & crafts while you sit back, relax, and let their wonderful staff take care of you! You must call them at 803.788.6966 prior to 7pm! NO ON-LINE RESERVATIONS ARE PERMITTED.
The cost is $7 per child and a credit card is required to hold your reservation. While, there is no age limit, children must be potty-trained & space is limited to the first 15 children, so call 803.788.6966 today! It’s time for DATE NIGHT, Foodies!


Saturday March 11th, 2017 | at the South Carolina State Museum (301 Gervais St.) | 7pm – 11pm

You are invited to the 9th annual Party with PAALS – an UN-Gala, Foodies! Enjoy sliders from Grill Marks, an open bar, and more yummy bites. Enjoy this festive paals-ungala-2017evening out on the town immersed in the funky universe of Steampunk! Enjoy the food, entertainment, silent and live auctions, fun games and, of course, plenty of adult beverages! Individual tickets are $85 ($65 in advance through 3/5/17) Each ticket includes event admission for one and all of the food and beverage at the event.

Register as a bidder here. For more information call 803.788.7063 or email

ART(uncorked) at SakiTumi

Thursday, March 16th | at SakiTumi (807 Gervais St.) | 6pm – 9pm  

ART(uncorked) is a monthly celebration of Columbia’sgeorge-herron-photography-artuncorked local art scene. Every third Thursday, SakiTumi hosts a selected local artist to showcase their work for the month. At each opening, there is a wine tasting and light hors d’oeuvres from 6–8pm! Drop in. Meet the artist – Heather Michelle (Jeter). Buy some art! #ARTuncorked

8th Annual Oyster Roast & St. Patrick’s Day Party 2017

Thursday, March 16th | 6pm – 10pm | at Icehouse Amphitheater (107 West Main St., Lexington) | $60 a person day of event ($50 in advance)

Beer. Wine. Food. Oh yeah, oysters too!

The 8th Annual Oyster Roast & St. Patrick’s Day Party is one of the Greater Lexington Chamber and Visitors Center‘s signature spring events you don’t want to miss. While you eat and drink, tokyo joe will be on the Icehouse Amphitheater stage all night. Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 the day of event. Each ticket includes all the beer, wine, oysters and food from local vendors that is available. Knives, condiments and towels will all be provided at the oyster tables. Current vendors include Travinia Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar, Lexington, Tin Lizzy’s Columbia, The Wolf Pizza Co, Belly’s Southern Pride BBQ & Catering and Topper’s Rhum. Foodies – purchase tickets in advance here!

Inaugural Traditional St. Patrick’s Day on Main at MSPH

March 17, 2017 | 4pm – close | at Main Street Public House (1556 Main St.) 803-834-3409

Main Street Public HouseMain Street Public House is proud to host The Ancient Order of Hibernians, traditionally trained steppers from Connick School of Irish Dance, and Pipers from around the Lowcountry in the late afternoon (from 4pm – 6pm). The kitchen and bar will be serving classic Irish food and drink until 10pm. Late evening (around 8:30pm) listen to tunes from the Kenny George Band (band members from Aiken, SC). Here’s the special menu:

-Shepherd’s Pie
-Corn beef & cabbage
-Bangers & mash
-Fish & chips

There is no cover charge or ticket price for corn beef and cabbage.jpgthe special menu, Foodies! In fact Main Street Public House will still be serving all of their regular menu items. They are just offering the above themed menu specials to order as an option for those of you who love St. Pat’s day…for the food! Drink specials TBD. Stay tuned for more information, but you can visit their FB page here.

35th Annual St. Pat’s in Five Points

March 18, 2017

The Five Points village is home to one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the southeast. Annually, St. Pat’s in Five Points welcomes over 40,000 people living the luck of the Irish and celebrating all things Gaelic. Continually growing and improving, the 2017 festival will feature the Get to the Green 15K, 10K, 5K, and Family Fun 1-Miler, the annual St. Pat’s parade, kid-approved Pot O’ Gold Playland, a silent disco, five stages hosting over 15 live musical acts throughout the day & amazing food/drink!

They will have 4 food courts throughout the festival. Below is a list of beer products they’ll be offering. (Note: not all of the products are located in every food court. Each food court will have 5-6 of the below options, in addition to soda and water):
  • Bud
  • Bud Light
  • Michelob Ultra
  • Goose IPA
  • Narragansett Del Shandy
  • Stella Artois
  • Miller Lite
  • Coors Light
  • Yuengling
  • Reds Apple Ale
  • Mikes Hard Lemonade
  • Guiness
  • Guinness Nitro IPA
  • Guinness American Blonde
  • Smithwicks Irish Red Ale
NEW FOR 2017! Craft Beer Tasting Room
This year’s festival will feature a new tasting room with a variety of regional, distinctive specialty craft brews. Located in the Yesterday’s parking lot, entry to this tasting room includes a souvenir tasting cup and the opportunity to taste each of the offerings. Pricing and selection TBD.
Same as the beverage, each food court will have 3-4 of the below options:
  • Pawley’s Front Porch Food Truck — a Five Points business, serving burgers
  • Brain Freeze Italian Ice — from Columbia, serving kettle corn and Italian ice 
  • White Duck Taco — a business in the Whaley area, serving a variety of tacos along with guacamole and chips and salsa
  • Chirba Chirba Dumplings — from Durham, NC, serving a variety of dumplings
  • Party in a Pita — from Raleigh, NC, serving a variety of pitas and sides
  • Southern Belly BBQ — a Five Points business, serving BBQ sandwiches 
  • Village Idiot Pizza — a Five Points business, serving NY style pizza
  • Real Mexico — a restaurant in Columbia, serving tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and nachos
  • Scott Benny’s — a food truck from Columbia, serving sandwiches
  • Chick-fil-A — a Five Points business, serving chicken nuggets and sandwiches
  • BBQ Bus — a food truck from Columbia, serving BBQ

Get more info & purchase tickets in advance here!

Soda City Suds Week

March 18 – 26, 2017

Soda City Suds Week was created to help celebrate Columbia’s burgeoning craft beer scene and the businesses that work hard to promote the city and state’s beer culture.

With Columbia home to four craft breweries (with more coming) and a growing number of bars, shops and other craft beer-centric businesses in the area, Suds Week wants to highlight what makes these brands and businesses great and show off what they’re doing to help grow the craft beer scene in the Capital City.

Swamp Cabbage Brewery: Paint and Pint

Painting Class Pic.jpgSunday, March 19th | 2pm | at Swamp Cabbage Brewery (921 Brookwood Dr.) | $30 per person

Swamp Cabbage is a local brewery known for their family and dog friendly atmosphere and delicious local beer. On Sunday, March 19th enjoy an instructor led painting class for just $30 (or bring a friend for $55!) that includes a canvas, plus a beer of your choice! Pay online here.

3rd Annual Cream of the Crop Beer Festival

Saturday March 25, 2017 | at City Roots Farm {1005 Airport Blvd.} | 12pm – 5pm 

Join us for the 3rd Annual Cream of the Crop Beer Festival at City Roots farm, featuring a selection of craft breweries found only in the Carolina’s! This festival marks the finale of Soda City Suds Week, a city-wide celebration of craft beer. Tickets include your tasting glass, beer guide and all tastings. Additionally, you can grab a bite to compliment beer tastings from food vendors Bourbon Columbia, The Oak Table,  and The Wurst Wagons. Additional pints are available to purchase during the event. At the end of the festival, if there is any left over beer, attendees can fill their growlers for a fee. Tickets are not sold at the door, so order in advance here.

Rosso Trattoria Italia: Meet the Winemaker Dinner

Thursday, March 23rd | at Rosso (4840 Forest Drive) | Reception: 6:30pm, Dinner at 7pm | $79.00 plus tax and 20% gratuity, No Promo Gift Certificates Accepted for this Event

Enjoy this delicious Franciscan Winery FIVE course dinner, Foodies! Do not wait to order your tickets for this DELICIOUS event because their last three wine dinners have been sell-outs (and our taste buds agree). Call 803-787-3949 to reserve your ticket now! 

Here’s their savory menu:

goat cheese mousse, fig, honey, toasted walnuts
marinated crab, chives, tarragon
Franciscan Sauv Blanc

vanilla poached pear, figs, roasted cashews, aged cheddar, champagne vinaigrette
Franciscan Chardonnay Cuvee Sauvage

shiitake mushrooms, Dijon, mascarpone-marsala sauce, pecorino, chives
Franciscan Merlot

local collard green gratin, smashed & fried sweet potatoes, Blackberry-Aleppo sauce
Franciscan Magnificat

candied amerena cherries, basil
Franciscan Equilibrium

A California native, Marla grew up in the Tehachapi Mountains, which separate the Southern California High Desert and the rich agricultural lands of the Central Valley. Marla received a Biotechnology degree from UC Davis….more here.

Craft and Draft’s Battle of the Breweries: SCSW Edition!

Thursday, March 23rd | 4pm – 9pm | at Craft and Draft (2706 Devine St.)

Join Craft and Draft on Thursday, March 23rd, as they host their Soda Cidy Suds Week edition of Battle of the Breweries! This one will feature six beers from Southbound Brewing Co versus six from our very own River Rat Brewing! They will have TONS of good stuff going up, so you DON’T wanna miss this one! They will also have KC Hotdogs for sale, so bring your appetite!

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Swamp Cabbage Brewery: Beer & Chocolate Pairing

Friday, March 24th | at Swamp Cabbage Brewery (921 Brookwood Dr.) | at 6:30pm | Tickets: $16

Evolution Through Chocolate is bringing the party to Swamp Cabbage Brewing for another fantastic pairing. You’ll get a flight of four different beers with delicious chocolate for each sample…all for just $16! Stay tuned for what’s on tap!

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Commissioner’s Cup BBQ Cook-off & Festival

Saturday, March 25th | 11am – 3pm | at SC State Farmers Market (3483 Charleston Hwy)

Join us for the 6th annual Commissioner’s Cup BBQ Cook-off and Festival. Enjoy BBQ samples, shopping crafts and specialty foods, live music, antique tractors, a kid’s area, and more. BBQ plates will be available for purchase too. Admission is $5 per person. Children 12 and under get in free with a 3 canned good donation to Harvest Hope. Enjoy Foodies!

Spirit of Lake Murray: Sunday History Lunch Cruise

Sunday, March 26th | sailing 1pm – 3pm | $45/person

2017 is the 75th anniversary of when the Doolittle Raiders came together at Lake Murray to train for their historical raid on Japan. The April 18, 1942 Japan raid lifted the morale of the American people following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The Spirit of Lake Murray will be offering several historical cruises to commemorate the Doolittle Raiders and the importance of Bomb Island and the Army camp on Shull Island. Join us as we drink a toast to the Doolittle Raiders and remember their contribution to World War II.

Along with the history, there will be plenty of time on this 2.5 hour cruise for sightseeing & chit chat. Lake Murray has a diverse ecosystem where Osprey, Bald Eagle, and other wildlife can be seen. This relaxing evening includes a full lunch everyone will enjoy. Here’s the menu:

Homemade Pimento Cheese Spread for Two* (+$12)
~ Today’s appetizer can be added at checkout for $12

Lunch Menu: spirit-of-lake-murray-cruise-food

  • Signature Roast Beef
  • Grilled Chicken Breasts
  • Au Gratin Potatoes*
  • Sauteed Squash, Zucchini, & Onions*
  • Chef’s Broccoli Salad*
  • Carrot Cake* for dessert
  • *Denotes Vegetarian Item

Follow this link to select cruise & “book.”

Swamp Cabbage Brewery: Brunch at the Brewery

Sunday, March 26th | at Swamp Cabbage Brewery (921 Brookwood Dr.) | 11:30am – 1pm | $25 a person

This popular brunch (catered by the Belgian Waffle Truck) is back at Swamp Cabbage Brewery! Here’s the mouthwatering menu:

  • First Course: Sweet Chinese Sausage and Sundried Tomato “Torta”, Fresh Cilantro Drizzle (*Vegetarian: Sundried Tomato and Leek Scrambled Egg, Fresh CilantroChicken Breast.jpg Drizzle) 
  • Second Course: New England Clam Chowder, Belgian Waffle Croutons (*Vegetarian: same)
  • Third Course: Fresh Mushrooms stuffed with a Shrimp and Asiago “Mélange”, Carrot Coulis and Brussels Sprout Slaw (*Vegetarian: same)
  • Fourth Course: Baked Chicken Breast, 5 Herb Chablis Cream Sauce, Fresh Vegetable Kebab and Potato Croquettes (*Vegetarian: Fresh Vegetable Kebabs, Potato Croquettes and 5 Herb Chablis Cream sauce)
  • Dessert Course: Caramel Vanilla Flan with a Fresh Seasonal Fruit Salad

Tasting Notes 2017

Monday March 27, 2017 | 6:30-9:30pm | At the SC State Museum (301 Gervais Street) | Business Casual attire | $100 per person
Savor the flavor of the Midlands! Enjoy the SC Philharmonic’s 5th annual wine & food tasting-notescelebration as you sample more than fifty wines (and you’ll taste local beers) and indulge in epicurean delights from the Midlands’ finest restaurants (listed below). Even bid on specialty wines in their silent auction.
Plus, enjoy live musical entertainment from the Reggie Sullivan Quartet and Dreher High steel drum ensemble. There’s also a silent auction featuring art, trips, and more. Step outside to sample cigars from Tinder Box.

2017 Restaurant Line Up:

*New participant for 2017
  • 116 Espresso & Wine Bar
  • Alodia’s Cucina Italiana
  • Blue Marlin Steaks & Seafood
  • Bourbon Columbia
  • Gervais & Vine
  • Grill Marks
  • Kaminsky’s Dessert Cafe
  • Main Street Public House*
  • Miyo’s Gourmet Group
  • Motor Supply Co. Bistro
  • Pearlz Oyster Bar
  • Ristorante Divino
  • Talullah*
  • The Melting Pot
  • The Oak Table
  • The Wired Goat
  • Thirsty Fellow Pizzeria and Pub
  • Travinia Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar NE
  • Twisted Spur*

2017 Wine Line Up:

This year’s lineup includes more than 50 mid- to upper-level wines from top producers, including (but not limited to): 
  • Banfi
  • Cakebread
  • Chalk Hill
  • Franciscan
  • J Lohr
  • King Estate
  • Pineridge
  • The Prisoner

Click here for more information or call the Philharmonic at 803.771.7937.

7th Annual Tartan Day South Highland Games and Celtic Festival

March 29, 2017 – April 2, 2017 | at 2001 Charleston Hwy, Cayce

This fast growing, delicious event is fun for all! Celebrate the contributions of Scottish and Irish Americans by enjoying an array of different events including unique sports, incredible music, great foods, and interactive as well as interesting exhibitions. The event is one of a kind in the midlands. This year we introduce our Thursday Night Gala as well as the Tartan Day 5K run and fun day on Sunday afternoon, and they have added an additional Scottish food vendor, foodies!
The Scottish Cottage will be serving their Scottish BBQ (peat smoked pork served with sweet corn casserole, skillet beans, and slaw), Haggis (Peat Smoked Haggis served with HS Sauce, Skillet Beans and a Soft Roll), Shepherd’s Pie (a hearty beef based pie with a hint of peak smoked flavor and Irish butter served with garlic mashed potatoes and sharp cheddar cheese) and their Sticky Toffee Pudding – a moist, spice pudding cake full of chopped dates and covered with a warm toffee syrup and whipped cream. Also, Highland Glenn Foods’ menu items include Bridie (beef & onions in a flaky pastry), Fish & Chips (beer buttered cod), & Spinach & Feta Pastie (spinach and feta cheese in a pastry). Columbia’s own British Bulldog will be serving “Scotch Eggs” – a hard boiled egg encased in savory ground sausage, breaded and fried until golden brown and more!

Purchase tickets here.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House: Daou Wine Dinnermarch-2017-wine-dinner-pic

Thursday, March 30th |at Ruth’s Chris (924 – A Senate St.) | 7pm | $100 per person 

Two brothers. One dream. Growing up in France, Daniel & Georges Daou are no strangers to great wine.  Together the Daou brothers are now known for expertly crafting world-class wines that combine French elegance with the unmistakable terroir of the Paso Robles Mountains. Join us and experience a handful of Bordeaux-style wines that rival some of the globe’s most revered appellations perfectly paired with five chef-inspired courses. More information & menu details here.

Taste of Lake Murray

Thursday, March 30th | $65 per person | at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel (2100 Bush River Rd.)

A Taste of Lake Murray is the sole fundraiser for the annual 4th of July Fireworks Celebration on Lake Murray. This event was created to help raise the funds to produce this annual celebration, which includes a Boat Parade and several firework shows. With a purchased ticket, you receive food, drinks, and live entertainment from 2 local bands (Tokyo Joe and Going Commando).Call 803.781.5940 ext. 0 to get your Taste tickets ordered/reserved or stop by their office at 2184 North Lake Drive, Columbia 29212. Or click here to purchase your tickets online! For more event information visit FB page.


  • Alodia’s Cucina Italiana 
  • Bistro on the Boulevard
  • Blue Marlin
  • Columbo’s
  • Frayed Knot Bar & Grill
  • Golden Fork Bakery 
  • Lake Murray Resort & Marina 
  • Liberty on the Lake
  • Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse
  • Southern Squeezed
  • Sure Fire Tacos
  • The Root Cellar 
  • Three Olives Vodka
  • Topper’s Rhum

AND MORE!! Plus a few delicious food trucks including Brain Freeze, Carolina Cookin’, Pawley’s, Spanish Bite and Size Matters BBQ!

Save the Date!

Spur Fest! April 22, 2017

An outdoor festival celebrating Twisted Spur’s “one year in business anniversary.” A free entry event with live music, food, beer, shots, etc. for sale, games, raffles, and possibly other vendors as well. It is still a work in progress but they are VERY excited about it! More details will be coming… plan on attending! You’ll love it!

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