Bites & Sights Columbia SC Visitors Guide Summer 2014

By Free Times
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 |

Ah, Famously Hot Columbia. During the summer, you might find yourself wanting to stay inside where it’s cool — and the city offers many nicely air-conditioned bars and fine restaurants. Want to soak in some sun instead? Grab some ice cream or frozen yogurt (see page 18 for Dessert listings) and check out the Three Rivers Greenway, where breezes off the river will cool you off a bit.

To cool off, you might also want to check out one of the city’s two breweries (see page 13) — soon to become three breweries when Swamp Cabbage Brewing opens this summer. Longtime Columbia brewpub Hunter-Gatherer, too, has announced it’s building a full-scale brewery following a recent change to state law that removes some of the barriers for craft brewers.

Summer also brings the Tasty Tomato Festival, held Saturday, July 19, this year at City Roots urban farm; visit for more information.

And of course, the region is dotted with farmers markets offering local produce, meats and cheeses, flowers, crafts and homemade items; check out for market listings.

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