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The Five Points Association is pleased to be bringing the inaugural Columbia Food and Wine Festival to our city, to take place on Sunday, April 15, on Saluda Avenue in Five Points. In partnership with Free Times, this event will bring the community together with bites from over 40 local restaurants, 48 wine offerings provided by Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits, craft brews from nearly a dozen local breweries, local artisans and farmers, live music by Soda City Brass Band, and more.

The Columbia Food and Wine Festival will be on Sunday, April 15, 2018 from noon to 3 p.m. on Saluda Avenue in Five Points, Columbia South Carolina. Tickets are currently for sale online at ColumbiaFoodandWineFestival.com, with three tiers of admission:

VIP: $100 – Sold Out!
VIP ticket holders can enjoy the full benefits of General Admission and Sneak Peak, but with the added perks of a comfortable, private VIP experience at Saluda’s (751 Saluda Avenue). Throughout the event, VIPs may retreat to Saluda’s to sample additional food and cocktail offerings, as well as enjoy their local art display and the use of their private balcony, overlooking the event’s footprint on Saluda Avenue.

Sneak Peek: $85 (advanced ticket sales only)
Sneak Peek ticket holders get all the perks of general admission, but with an extra private hour at the beginning of the day. These attendees can arrive an hour before general admission (11am) and will have exclusive access to the first bites of the day.

General Admission: $65 (in advance) / $75 (at the gate)
General admission ticket holders can sample over 40 restaurants on Restaurant Row and 15 beverage stations with an array of wine and craft beer. Additionally, general admission ticket holders have access to the Culinary Corner where festival patrons can submerge themselves in Columbia’s culture and learn more about its food scene by attending live chef demonstrations, engaging local farmers, and more.

Official Kick-Off Dinner: $90 (advanced ticket sales only)
Join us at Saluda’s restaurant on Saturday, April 14, for the official kick-off dinner to the inaugural Columbia Food and Wine Festival. A city-wide collaboration, this intimate dinner will feature five courses along with hors d’ourves and cocktails. Limited tickets available.

Note: The Kick-Off Dinner is a separate, ticketed event from Sunday’s Columbia Food and Wine Festival.

Participating Restaurants:
Over 40 local restaurants will be providing small samples to patrons, with each restaurant providing specialty items representative of their menu.

1801 Grille
Ally and Eloise Bakeshop
Alodia’s Cucina Italiana
Blue Cactus Cafe
Blue Marlin
Bodhi Thai Dining
Burger Tavern 77
Cantina 76
Cellar on Greene
Chocolate Nirvana
City Limits Barbeque
COA Agaveria Y Cocina
The Crescent Olive
Cupcake Down South
Delaney’s Music Pub and Eatery
The Devine Cinnamon Roll Deli
Gervais & Vine
Goat’s
The Grand on Main
Hunter-Gatherer Brewery & Ale House
Il Giorgione
Kaminsky’s Dessert Café

Kiki’s Chicken and Waffles
Lamb’s Bread Vegan Café
Main Street Public House
Motor Supply Co. Bistro
Mr. Friendly’s
Pearlz Oyster Bar
Ripper’s

Ristorante Divino
River Rat Brewery
Rosso Trattoria Italia
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Saluda’s Restaurant
Solstice Kitchen
Spotted Salamander Café and Catering
Tallulah
Tazza Kitchen
Thirsty Fellow Pizzeria and Pub
Village Idiot Pizza
The War Mouth
Yesterdays Restaurant & Tavern
Za’s on Devine

Just announced!  Featured Chef Demonstration Details: Culinary Corner
The festival will feature a Culinary Corner in the former Exxon parking lot. This large tented area will feature two platforms, which will have a host of different chef demonstrations throughout the day.

12pm – 12:30pm:

Chef Todd Woods-The Oak Table: How to properly braise a piece of meat

12:45pm – 1:15pm:
Chef Alex Strickland-Hunter-Gatherer: How to make pizza dough with toss techniques

1:30pm – 2pm:
Chef Joshua Rogerson-Saluda’s: How to roll out perfect pasta

2:15pm – 2:45pm:
Chef Alex Suaudom du Monde-Baan Sawan: How to use a mortar and pestle

12:15pm – 12:45pm
Chef Wesley Fulmer-Motor Supply Co. Bistro: Top Secret!

1pm – 1:30pm
Chef Joe Cardinale-Ripper’s: How to make Italian sausage and dry salami

1:45pm – 2:15pm
Chef Charley Scruggs-Talulah: How to have fun cooking with grains

2:30pm – 3pm
Chef Jason Bruner-1801 Grille: Top Secret!

Beverage Offerings:
All admission levels include a complimentary tasting glass upon entry to the festival, which they may fill with samples of wine and/or local craft brews.

Wineries:
Cave de Lugny
Clos de los Siete
Delicato Family Vineyards
Gonzalez Byass Familia de Vino
Fleurs de Prairie
Frescobaldi Toscana
Kenwood Vineyards
Precept Wine
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates
Ty Ku Sake & Spirits

Breweries:
Bierkeller Columbia
Columbia Craft Brewing Company
Cottontown Brew Lab
Hazelwood Brewing
Island Coastal Lager
Hunter-Gatherer Brewery & Ale House
Munkle Brewing Co.
Old Mill Brewpub
Pawleys Island Brewing Company
River Rat Brewery
Swamp Cabbage Brewery
Twisted Spur

Just announced!  Educational Experience
First come, first served with limited spaces available.
Location: 745 Saluda Avenue (Twig by Petal)

11:15am – 11:45am
Meet the Influencers
Meet and Greet with Columbia’s biggest foodies: ColaTownFoodie, MessyKitchGirl, GoCola, COLAtoday, April Blake, Soda City Sites and Bites

12pm – 12:30pm
Wine Seminar: “War of the (Wine) Worlds: Old World vs. New World Wines”
Erlinda Alexandra Doherty, founder of Vinicola and Level 1 Sommelier

12:45pm – 1:15pm Wine Seminar: “Demystifying Old World Wines”
Phillip Kirby, 1801 Grille

1:30pm – 2pm Wine Seminar: “Survivor! The Wines of Argentina and Chile”
Erlinda Alexandra Doherty, founder of Vinicola and Level 1 Sommelier

2:15pm – 2:45pm
Heirloom Panel
Moderated by Amanda McNulty from ETV’s “Making it Grow,” local farmers David Shields, Nat Bradford, and Glenn Roberts discuss the process to grow and cultivate heirloom vegetables in the Midlands Just announced!  Farmer & Artisan Alley
Along with the Culinary Corner in the former Exxon parking lot, there will be an Artisan Alley lined with high end home goods, jewelry, pottery, and retail shops, along with local farmers educating and showcasing their products.

Artisans:
The Collective
Gallery West
The Heart Knot
Petite Fleur: Mobile Flower Boutique
Portfolio Art Gallery
USC Clay Club

Farmers:
Agape Chocolate Company
Bee Trails Farms
Benz Haus Farms
City Roots
Congaree Milling Company
Freshly Grown Farms
Trail Ridge Farm

Just announced!  Five Points Merchant Participation:
Patrons are encouraged to mingle not only throughout Restaurant Row, but also into the Five Points businesses on Saluda Avenue within the event footprint, as several are hosting special events inside their stores.

Bohemian — hosting a beverage tasting with mixologist Josh Streetman of Motor Supply Co. Bistro
Good for the Sole Shoes — hosting a beverage tasting with mixologist Sebastian Griffin of Ristorante Divino
Loose Lucy’s — hosting a vegan sampling with Lamb’s Bread Vegan Café
Revente — hosting The Food Academy for an education piece

Festival Sponsors:
The inaugural Columbia Food and Wine Festival would not be possible without generous support from: Free Times, Five Points Foundation, Publix, Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits, The Crescent Olive, Columbia Craft Brewing Company, Breakthru Beverage, Discover South Carolina, Bottles Beverage Superstore, State Farm – Kali Render, Something Borrowed, River Rat Brewery, US Foods, Grace Outdoor, BB&T, Iris & Marie Letterpress, Office Depot, the City of Columbia, and Experience Columbia SC.

For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, please visit ColumbiaFoodandWineFestival.com.

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