Columbia’s famously hot summer weather means it’s time to seriously cool off: Kick off your flip-flops; feast on seafood and salads; sip refreshing cocktails. The Midlands offers plenty of restaurants just right for the hot weather — and some events that put our region’s food front and center.
Held July 20, the Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival celebrates real, locally grown tomatoes — as opposed to those rubbery orbs one sees in the supermarket during much of the year. With tomato tastings, games that let you toss commercial tomatoes, food trucks, beer and wine and more, the tomato festival is quickly becoming a Columbia institution. Visit facebook.com/TastyTomatoFest for all the details.
If you’re looking for something to do with your Sunday nights this summer, check out The Oak Table’s once-a-month Under the Table series, at which the Oak Table chef and a guest chef will surprise guests with a multi-course meal that’s kept secret until the night of the dinner. It’s BYOB, too, so it’s a good chance to bring out those wines you’ve been saving. You’ll need to sign up ahead of time; visit oaktablesc.com for details.
Looking for the proper porch on which to enjoy a meal? Here’s a brief list; there are plenty more: At Lake Murray, hit up Liberty on the Lake or Rusty Anchor. In Five Points, try Jake’s, Saluda’s, Harper’s or the sidewalk tables at Gourmet Shop. Across the river , both Café Strudel and Terra sport great patios. In the Vista, Carolina Ale House has a heck of a deck. And for the best view in Columbia, the Rooftop Bar at the downtown Sheraton features a 17th-floor panoramic look at the city.
Happy Hour and Sushi Specials All Week
Red Bowl in Lexington now has great early bird and late night sushi specials 7 days a week, as well as 99-cent kids meals on Saturdays! Click here for special information and hours.
Brew Pub Site Available
3520 Augusta Road, West Columbia. Click for more information.
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage offers 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
Accepting Applications for Shakespeare’s Kidz!
Students ages 10-16 are invited to join South Carolina Shakespeare’s new youth company, with classes running September 20th-December 11th followed by a final performance. Contact Katie Mixon with questions about scholarships and applications: PKatieMixon@gmail.com.
Make Your Own Beer and Wine!
Come get started on your “liquid hobby” and help us celebrate our 46th year in the Columbia area. Bet Mar Liquid Hobby Shop: 736 St. Andrews Road.
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