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Columbia Food and Wine Festival
Thursday, May 20 - Sunday, May 23
The Columbia Food and Wine Festival was established in 2018 through a collaboration between Free Times and the Five Points Foundation with the goal of showcasing the Midlands’ growing culinary scene.
MAY 20, 2021
7:00 PM – Columbia Food and Wine Festival Kick-off Dinner in Five Points
A Five Points celebration, the official kickoff event of the 2021 festival week will take place in the heart of the Five Points neighborhood featuring some of the best chefs and restaurants in the neighborhood. Menu curated by head chef of Saluda’s Restaurant, Josh Rogerson.
MAY 21, 2021
6:00 PM – Cured, Buzzed and Butchered
Executive Chef Wes Fulmer of Motor Supply Co. Bistro will partner with Charcutier Michael Sullivan (nicknamed the “Reverend of Fat”) of American Butcher in Birmingham, AL, on an interactive charcuterie, coffee and cocktail happy hour. Graze on house-cured meats and accompaniments thoughtfully paired with locally-roasted Indah coffee and bourbon-based cocktails by Motor Supply Head Barman Jake Smith. The event will be held at Indah Coffee in Columbia’s historic Cottontown neighborhood. Guests will have the opportunity to view demonstrations, try curated pairings and talk intimately with the experts.
6:00 PM – WeCo Progressive Dinner
A collaboration between Chefs Kristian Niemi (Black Rooster, Bourbon) and Mike Davis (Terra), participants will travel West Columbia’s eclectic State Street, visiting each restaurant along with newly opened Savage Craft Ale Works for cocktails and appetizer pairings before settling for three-course dinner at the market space. Join us as we‑go to We‑Co!
MAY 22, 2021
11:00 AM – Heavy Metal Brunch
A dark and wild twist on everyone’s favorite meal; Chefs David Grillo of Cantina 76 and Alex Strickland of Black Rooster will craft a brunch menu unlike any other; all while these unique offerings are enjoyed in one of Columbia’s favorite venues, The Senate. Mixologists from Main Street favorite Bourbon will provide fun twists on the classic brunch cocktails to accompany each course.
11:00 AM – Ladies Who Lunch Presented by Discover South Carolina
Calling all ladies! This event is for women by women. Columbia’s most notable female chefs, Jessica Shillato (Spotted Salamander Café & Catering), Maegan Horton (Blue Marlin), Kiki Cyrus (Kiki’s Chicken & Waffles) and Rosalind Graverson (Lula Drake Wine Parlour) will partner to provide for a four-course lunch held at Spotted Salamander. Attendees will hear from female SC-based farmers whose products will be featured in the menu of the day.
2:00 PM – Bar-be-que&A
South Carolina is a hub for quality, diverse styles of BBQ. This beloved preparation of meat has become a religion in the Midlands and, given the skilled pitmasters that call the region home, that should serve as no surprise. Join South Carolina author and historian Robert Moss for an author talk and taste testing adventure with pitmasters Robbie Robinson (City Limits Barbeque) and Jason Rheinwald (HomeTeam BBQ) all while sipping suds at Steel Hands Brewery.
6:00 PM – Dinner on the Runway
Get ready to [flight] over tickets to our 2021 marquee satellite event. Saturday of the Festival concludes with an experience that defies all expectations and gravity. Join the Columbia Food and Wine Festival and the Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) for happy hour in the Eagle Aviation Hangar before proceeding to an outdoor dinner on the edge of the CAE runway. Enjoy a remarkable four-course dinner prepared by chef Nivit Tipvaree of Lexington’s Bodhi Thai Dining and chef Javier Uriarte of Ratio while witnessing commercial and passenger aircraft arrive and depart just yards away.
MAY 23, 2021
12:00-4:00PM (Sneak Peek & VIP);
1:00-4:00PM (General Admission) –
2021 Columbia Food and Wine Festival
Spoil yourself with the sights, sounds, and signature flavors that make Columbia the best kept secret in the South. The Columbia Food and Wine Festival is a one-of-a-kind gastronomical journey through Columbia’s finest plates and pours. Join us at the historic Hampton-Preston mansion and gardens and Robert Mills Estate along with over 40 of your favorite restaurants, breweries, wines, and more!