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Wine and Food and Chocolate, Oh My!

May 3, 2013

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Since its first year, the Inside Columbia Wine and Food Festival has been gaining fans and followers from across the country. This week-long festival celebrates everything wine and food related both here in Columbia and all over the world. This year, the festival begins on May 10th with the final event on the 14th. Tasty meals and decadent wines await festival attendees and some new events will make your festival experience even better.

The Farm to Table Shop & Chop is a new event this year that celebrates the way local produce is used by chefs to create the spectacular meals served in their restaurants each day.  Participants will meet the chefs at the Columbia Farmer’s Market to learn how they pick the freshest and best produce.  After a short walk to the Activity and Recreation Center (ARC), the chefs will demonstrate how they turn those fresh ingredients into a memorable meal.

For the Love of Chocolate will tempt your taste buds with perfect pairings of wine and chocolate. The sampling stations will allow attendees to sample local chocolates paired with incredible wines from all over. Don’t miss this new festival event…it’s sure to become one of your favorites!

As always, the Wine and Food Festival will feature the Grand Tasting and meals with Columbia’s best chefs. Tickets are on sale for each event now and many Columbia hotels are offering special rates for festival attendees. Don’t miss out on this festival that continues to get better year after year. We’ll be here to clink glasses with you!

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The Inside Columbia Wine and Food Festival

May 4, 2012

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Columbia really is a festive place. Nearly every month is home to a few days of extra food, fun and festivities. And in May, we have…

The Inside Columbia Wine & Food Festival is perfect for the Columbia visitor. The events are presented a la carte, so you can purchase your tickets to create your own custom festival experience! It’s a week of food, art and, of course, wine.

Direct from the Wine & Food Festival, here’s just a few of the events you can choose from…

-Wine Dinners:

It’s an unforgettable dining experience when Columbia’s best local chefs break free from their traditional menus and prepare extraordinary, imaginative meals created specifically for the Wine & Food Festival’s Wine Dinners. Check out the special menus here and here.

Our mouth is watering just looking at these. Let us know in the comments which one you would pick!

-The Grand Tasting:

This is the night Columbia’s wine lovers look forward to all year long. This year’s Grand Tasting showcases more than 400 wines. Stroll through the Holiday Inn Expo Center and sample the wines that intrigue you most. Previous festival participants have asked for more opportunities to visit one-on-one with winery representatives, and we’re delivering with a more intimate event that will enhance the knowledge of both the beginning wine drinker and the experienced oenophile.

-Sip and Stroll:

This year’s Sip & Stroll invites you to 20 local shops and restaurants. Each of the 15 participating shops and five participating restaurants will offer exclusive discounts — some as high as 50 percent off one item — for Sip & Stroll passport holders. You’ll also have a chance to sample a red and a white wine at each location. Many locations will feature a festival chef who will present tapas and small plates.

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Sounds pretty incredible, right? Now all you have to do is pick your events, buy your tickets, and get ready for an unforgettable week in Columbia.

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