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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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Real Estate Spotlight
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ST. ANDREWS COMMONS APARTMENTS 1 & 2 BR’s available with many amenities. Close to everywhere YOU WANT TO BE! 1200 St. Andrews Rd., Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
GABLE HILL APARTMENTS 1, 2 & 3 BR’s available with many amenities. Surround yourself with Southern comforts at Gable Hill Apartments! Bring in our ad in Free Times for $50 off your application fee. 310 Ross Rd, Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
WATERFORD APARTMENTS 1 & 2 BR’s available with many amenities. Prime location, and plenty of space. Live large at Waterford Apartments. Bring in our ad in Free Times for $50 off your application fee. 1340 Longcreek Dr., Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
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