THE PRISONER WINE COMPANY TASTEMAKER DINNER
Thursday May 2
Known for its bold wine blends and thought-provoking wine label designs, Prisoner Wine Company has developed a cult following. Join Ruth’s Chris Steak House for an exclusive five-course dinner featuring signature cuisine paired with favorites from the Prisoner portfolio. Blending traditions and challenging expectations, this dinner is designed to be defiantly different. More here.
Back to Our Roots: Celebrating African American Food Culture
At the Columbia Museum of Art: the Friends of African American Art & Culture present and opportunity to explore food culture across the African Diaspora and the benefits of plant-based eating in a unique twist on their annual meeting. The evening kicks off with a brief year-in-review followed by a conversation with local chefs, a food tasting, and music by Beyond the Deep. Featuring Chef Folami Geter of A Peace of Soul; Chef Saa of Rawtopian Bliss; Health Educator Bonita Clemons of Dianne’s Call; and KJ Kearney, founder of Charleston’s Red Rice Day (moderator). Tickets and info here.
Pickin’ and Piggin’ :: Saluda Shoals Park
Saturday May 4
Join in the fun – a world class barbecue cook-off and music celebration at Saluda Shoals Park! – 11:00am to 2:30pm Savor the flavor of award winning “Q” from more than 20 of South Carolina’s best barbecue cookers while enjoying great live music from the Randy Lucas Trio! Barbecue tasting is from 11:00 a.m. til it runs out! More here.
Sheep Shearing Day :: Old McCaskill’s Farm
From Sheep to Shawl, see how wool is produced on a working farm, as well as visit farm animals and get an understanding of what goes into growing our food. Located in Rembert, Old McCaskill’s Farm is a beautiful place to visit. Farm fresh foods available throughout the day. More here.
Rosewood Crawfish Festival
Saturday May 4
The Rosewood Crawfish Festival brings 10,000 pounds of fresh Louisiana crawfish, favorite 90s and local bands, and neighbors from all over Columbia to the Rosewood area to celebrate the mudbug in all of its edible glory. This year the festival is happening at the State Fairgrounds, just a few miles down the road but still on Rosewood Drive. More here.
The Big Nosh
Sunday May 5
May Harvest Dinner
Tuesday May 7
A harvest feast at City Roots farm. Be prepared for a family style, four-course farm to table dinner featuring seasonal ingredients from local farmers and artisans. Enjoy a welcome cocktail by Bourbon and wine pairings by Benzinger Winery . Tickets are $75. More here.
May Farm Day
Saturday May 11
Come to Thames Farm for multiple Artisans, and Animals to see. Cibi Cibi Food Truck will be there. Stop by and grab some lunch!!! Fort Lawn Fire Department is going to try and bring a truck for the kids to see…of course emergencies come first. They’ll have games for the kiddos—corn hole–connect four and more. More here.
Lexington Wine Walk
Saturday May 11
Exhibitors, Main Street merchants and restaurants will serve wine and hors d’oeuvres. Ticket price includes a complimentary wine glass, hors d’oeuvres, wine tastings, and live music. More here.
Veterans Harvest Fest
Tuesday May 14
A special dinner cooked by Veteran chefs to benefit the Veteran Farmers Coalition and the Saratoga WarHorse Foundation. Chefs Kristian Niemi (Army – Bourbon and Farm to Table Event Company), Brandon Velie (Marines – Juniper) and many more veteran chefs will prepare a special four-course menu made from ingredients sourced from veteran-owned farms. Beer and wine is included. More here.
9th Annual Taste of Black Columbia
Friday May 17
Held at the SC State Museum, The Taste of Black Columbia presents a diverse sampling of food and beverage by a variety of restaurants and vendors from our community. Whether you’re new to the food scene or you call Columbia home, the Taste is guaranteed to be a vibrant evening, all while supporting a worthy cause. Good Friends, Great Food, and a Grand Time! More here.
Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre :: Seven Oaks Park
Join the special needs actors for a performance of the original mystery Honky Tonk Takedown! The show is an hour of scripted mystery, improvisation and audience participation that includes dinner, dessert, and soft drink. Ages 10–Adult $15/Dinner Guest Seven Oaks Park Register by May 10. More on Facebook.
Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival
Thursday May 18
Come out for over 60 Beers, Bourbon & BBQ Festival at the Historic Columbia Raceway. Enjoy beer and bourbon samples and bbq and live entertainment, plus you’ll take home a souvenir tasting glass. More here.
Drink Pink Rosé Festival
Sunday May 19
Enjoy the Southeast’s largest Rosé Festival in it’s fourth year. Drink Pink Rosé is dedicated to great wine, delicious food and music from one of the greatest in Columbia’s jazz scene, Mark Rapp Jazz band. All of this fun takes place at the historic Robert Mills House & Gardens. More here.
Midlands Food and Craft Swap
Saturday May 25
Summer is right around the corner! Time to get crafty! Come swap goodies for the new season! Start preparing now and maybe working on 1 goody a week and you’ll be ready for a swap full of amazing things to trade! A food swap is part silent auction/part village marketplace/part fun-loving open house where your homemade, homegrown, and foraged creations become your own personal currency for use in swapping with other participants. More here.
Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company- Brunch at the Brewery
Sunday May 26
It’s back!!! If you haven’t been to one of Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company – Brunch at the Brewery events, now is your chance. Enjoy a delicious 5 course meal prepared by Chef Jean-Louis with the Belgium Waffle Truck sure to satisfy your pallet! Must reserve by May 24. More here!
Sunday May 26
Join brewer Brandon Evans from Cottontown Brew Lab and Chef Sturgis Coleman from Old Mill Brewpub for an afternoon of food and craft beer. We will be serving a reception beer followed by a 4 course brunch. Each course will be paired with a Brew Lab creation. More here.
Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company – 2nd Annual Luau
Saturday June 1
It’s time to dust off those Hawaiian shirts and grass skirts and Hula for a great cause! Join Swamp Cabbage at their 2nd Annual Get Lei’d For Cystic Fibrosis. Raising funds and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis and partying at the same time…what more can we ask for?!! More here.