Sandlapper Society

Tasty Bites - and Sips!

Farm to Fork Dinner

June 17: Experience a truly unique meal in the company of friends, neighbors, and fellow supporters of our local food communities. Presented by SC Festival of Flowers, proceeds from the farm dinner will be contributed directly to local farmers, specialty food producers and organizations like Upstate SC Locally Grown (upstatesc.locallygrown.net) that support small farms and greater accessibility to healthy, local food all year long. The event is being held at Wyatt Farms, 550 Center Street, Greenwood. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served at 5:30 pm, followed by dinner at 7 pm. $50 per person. scfestivalofflowers.org/farm-to-fork-dinner-event/

Blues and BBQ in Greenwood

July 7–9: If blues, brew and BBQ are three of your favorite things, then don’t miss the Festival of Discovery in Greenwood. Enjoy grilled pork, chicken and beef as over 80 teams compete in this national competition. Grab a frosty mug and get down with musical offerings all over uptown. For more information, email uptown@cityofgreenwoodsc.com.

Palette & Palate Stroll

July 15: Enjoy the beauty of historic Charleston during an evening dedicated to fine art and fine food. Stroll the streets of the Holy City and peruse the creations of nationally and internationally renowned artists. Along the way, indulge in the specialties of some of the city’s top chefs and sip a glass of your favorite wine. For more information, visit charlestonfineartdealersassociation.com/events.

Brew at the Zoo

August 6: Make plans now to join Riverbanks Zoo and Garden for what is certain to be the coolest suds sippin' safari in Columbia! Brew at the Zoo provides the perfect remedy to a muggy day in the Midlands-samples of cold, frothy beer. From domestics to imports to specialty micros, guests can choose their brew and meander through the Zoo or hang out in the plaza and listen to live music. Rain or shine. No one under 21 will be admitted. Proceeds support ongoing conservation and education efforts at Riverbanks. 7-9 pm. Ages 21 and up.

It's Certifiably Delicious!

Like eating local? Want to support the farmers in your area and the restaurants serving their produce? Visit www.certifiedscgrown.com and find pages of South Carolina restaurants whose owners appreciate their brethren in the fields. They're backed by the South Carolina Department of Agriculture, which has formed the Certified South Carolina program, a cooperative effort among producers, processors, wholesalers, retailers and the SCDA to brand and promote Palmetto State products. Besides wanting consumers to easily identify and buy South Carolina foods, they want the eating-out public to know about their choices. The Web site lists what's "fresh on the menu."

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