Hope you’re ready for a non-stop parade of eating, drinking, and being incredibly merry amongst your fellow Columbians this month because there are Things To Do here in town nearly if not every single weekend day or night, and you’re going to want to do them ALL.
April 4-7 Tartan Day South which celebrates the Celtic heritage in the Midlands will be held at the Cayce Speedway. Part of my lineage is Celtic and I did some tracing back and investigating late last year to find out that my paternal side is legit Celtic and our last name means “crooked river.” Pretty cool stuff. Take your plaid and show it off proudly!
April 6 Runaway Runway is back for it’s 11th year of turning crap to couture for an energetic runway show that’s always inspiring and entertaining, making our little city feel a little more fashionable than you may have thought. This isn’t eating related per se, but food packaging is a popular refashioning material.
April 6-7 hails the very first Midlands Farm Tour where you “load up a vehicle with friends and family, locate some farms on the maps, and get out in the countryside!” It costs $30 for a carful, so take a minivan rather than a SmartCar and tour as many of the 11 farms in any order you like between 1 and 5 p.m. one or both days.
April 13-14 the International Festival returns to grace Columbia with a lot of cultures, something we are oddly accused of lacking by some misguided individuals. I’ve never been myself but it looks like a great time at the fairgrounds for only five dollars. This year’s spotlight region is South Asia, the land of many exotic and sumptuous cuisines. If you’re looking for something a little more low key on Saturday, there will be a guided nature tour of the Riverwalk with the master of everything living and green, the legendary Rudy Mancke. He might even tell you about a few edibles out there in the semi-wild if you ask.
April 13 the Herb Bunch of Lexington County will have their Second
Annual Herb Festival at the Lexington County Museum, located right across the highway from the Village Square Theatre. Admission is free but three seminars held throughout the day are $5 apiece. This is my pick of the day and will most likely end up at Culinary Fun with Herbs at 11:30 a.m.
April 14 getcha tickets before they sell out for the much heralded Slow Food at Indie Grits Sustainable Chefs Showcase! Tickets are $20 or $10 depending on the level you buy, and the event will be held at the market space at 711 Whaley from 4-7 p.m. This is one you won’t want to miss.
April 18-21 is the Midlands Plant and Flower Festival a the SC State Farmer’s Market. This includes food plants and herbal flowers, things you’ll want to be planting and eating all summer long.
April 21 you’ll want to enjoy the Big Nosh at the Tree of Life Congregation from 11 a.m. through 4 p.m. and nosh big on the challah, matzah balls, latkes, and more. Ironically, the website doesn’t list many of the food items there, but if it’s anything like the other Jewish food festival I went to, it’ll be the best you’ll have eaten since last time you had your bubbie’s homecooking.
April 24 is the book launch party for Columbia Food: A History of Cuisine in the Famously Hot City by none other than the Hungry Lady at City Roots from 4-6 p.m.
April 27 brings us Wine On the River benefiting the West Columbia Riverwalk. Like that fancy landscaping greeting you as you enter West Columbia from the Gervais Street Bridge? Thank the folks on the West Columbia Beautification Foundation who work hard to beautify the area through fundraising efforts while sampling fine fermented grape juice at one of the most scenic areas in the metro.
Are you ready to lay down yet? The month just started and I surely am! Whew. Got a food or drink event that belongs on this calender? Send me an email and let me know about it!