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.
A two-day outdoor art and crafts show celebrating its 38th year. Being held on September 5 & 6, 2014, Click for details
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.
Back to School Tattoo Specials
Magnum Ink is offering 1/2 off all tattoos for students over 18 as well as 2 for $60 on letters or numbers for state employees. 1405 Rushmore Road, Suite B, right off of Broad River.
Delicious Downtown Breakfast
Tony’s is open for breakfast every day from 7:30-10:30! Conveniently located on Washington St. right off Main. Stop in for something filling and delicious before work! Follow us for updates on specials.
Music Break at Music Farm Columbia
Join COR for an evening of networking for music and business leaders on September 3rd, featuring performances by Josh Roberts and the Hinges, Death of Paris, Fat Rat Da Czar, and Lazy A and the Green Thang. Free admission for musicians and members! Register here.
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.
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