Wait, what? May? This year has just flown by, I can’t even understand how. I’m pretty sure it was just the other week that we were huddled under blankets, shivering away the snow days that kept most of us home long enough for the stir craze to set in. But here we finally are, waking up to 60+ degree mornings and leaving the jacket at home (or in the office for the perpetual AC blast), and it’s glorious. Go enjoy some or all of these fine food and drink events coming up around the Columbia metropolitan area this month!
May 1 – First Thursday on Main is perfect this time of year (rain pending, of course!), free, 6-10 p.m.
May 2 – Arts & Draughts is happening once again at the Art Museum, featuring Goose Island beer, tours through the Meiji Magic exhibit, and more. $8 for non-members, 7-11 p.m.
May 3 – The Rosewood Crawfish Festival is the place to put mudbugs in your mouth this weekend and enjoy the 90s sounds of Everclear. Everything will be Wonderful. $9 advance/$12 gate, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
May 4 – The Big Nosh is a great way to learn about the amazing world of Jewish food. Not to be stereotypical, but these folks won’t let you leave hungry. Free admission, $ for food, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
May 5 – Cinco de Mayo! Celebrate this adopted American holiday by getting just drunk enough on margarita mix and tequila to still be able to crawl into the office for Seis de Mayo the next day. Or might I suggest some amazing desserts from Panadera Odalys?
May 6 – Leave the kids at home and hang out with other moms at the Mommy Foodie Fair at the Flying Saucer. Food samples, cocktails, and demonstrations will entertain and inform. $30, 6:30 p.m.
May 7 – How does the beer get to the places that can pour it in a glass? Learn all about the process (and drink a little too, c’mon!) at Budweiser of Columbia with Girls Pint Out. Bonus: Learn who @weirdbeerguysc is! 7 p.m.
May 15 – Down Under Columbia tours by Historic Columbia are sold out but if enough interest is expressed they may open up another tour date. Curious what to expect? Check out the tour I went on the last time it happened! $35, 7 p.m.
May 15 – Or if the tours remain sold out, get some amazing prices on wine at the farm to trunk sale to benefit Girls On the Run of Columbia! $20, 6-9 p.m.
May 16 – 4th Annual Taste of Black Columbia at EdVenture/Coble Plaza in conjunction with the Black Expo. $65, 7 p.m.
May 18 – Boil, stir! Get down on the farm for a lowcountry boil and bartender challenge by the Farm to Table Event Company at City Roots. $35, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
May 21 – TRIVIAAA with Girls Pint Out! Let’s get together and either rock or suck at World of Beer. Be there with your brains on, 7 p.m.
May 31 – Learn to chop de chop and hone your essential knife skills with Charleston Cooks! $50, 10 a.m.