Fall in Columbia means — well, let’s be frank: For most people, it means college football. The city is awash in garnet and black, and Williams-Brice Stadium and the surrounding areas fill with some 120,000 fans for each home game. And college football, fortunately, means tailgating food. Many local restaurants offer tailgating packages — for starters, check out Compton’s Kitchen, Doc’s Barbeque, Fancy That Bistro and Catering, Seawells and Thirsty Fellow.
Fall also brings a slew of events, many of them centered around eating and drinking. A great recent addition to the fall lineup is Incarnation Lutheran Church’s Oktoberfest, which runs Oct. 11-13 on the church’s 3005 Devine St. grounds. It offers lots of beers on tap, including German classics like goses and hefeweizens from breweries near and distant; and there’s no finer place to tuck in to a jaeger schnitzel and some rotkraut. Also, there’s usually someone dressed like Martin Luther wielding a big hammer.
The popular Five Points Chili Cookoff, now in its 27th year, is Nov. 9 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; scores of teams compete to cook the best batch of chili, and you get to gorge yourself on the results. (And drink beer on the street, which might as well be Columbia’s official pastime.) Also on Nov. 9 is the Korean Festival, where you can stock up on homemade kimchi.
If you’re into local food and farmers dining, Motor Supply Co. bistro hosts a twice-yearly weeklong celebration
known as Harvest Week. During the week of Oct. 15-20, stop by the Vista restaurant to meet the people who grow
and raise the foods served there, and try out some wonderful drink specials and foods.
Tax-Free Weekend at Best Mattress
With big savings from July 31st-August 2nd, you can afford handcrafted quality. Free bed frame and pillows on any Full, Queen, or King set $599 and above! Click for locations and hours.
New Downtown Dessert and Coffee Bar!
Tony’s Italian Eatery has teamed up with Southern Charm Sweets to bring you the highest quality dessert selection in the downtown area. 1120 Washington St., Suite 2. Find us on Facebook!
Columbia’s Largest Sidewalk Sale
Shop local this tax free weekend! Devine Street and Five Points are teaming up for a massive sidewalk sale featuring great in-store specials from all your favorite retailers and a Saturday art stroll. Read more hereand here!
A Healthy Happy Hour
4-7 p.m at Good Life Cafe on Main St. Try our $4 local draft beers, $4 organic wine, 1/2 off select bottles of house wine and $5 handcrafted house cocktails with juices cold pressed and made daily. Click here for more info.
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage is offering 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
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Real Estate Spotlight
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