ICYMI, the third annual Columbia Food and Wine Festival – originally scheduled for late April – wasrescheduled to Aug. 20-23, 2020 due to COVID-19. Now, the festival’s organizers have reimagined the event for it to safely take place in a new, exciting format.
Here’s everything you need to know about #CFWF2020: How plans have changed, what safety measures are in place, and how festival-goers canfeel like they’re on an episode of Top Chef – right here in Cola.
Columbia Food and Wine Festival 2019 | Photo by Forrest Clonts
What it looked like before: ○ 7 small, intimate “satellite events” across the region across 3 days (originally Aug. 20-22) ○ Main outdoor tasting event at Historic Columbia’s Hampton Preston Mansion on Aug. 23 ○ Festival organizers determined that holding these events would not allow for adequate social distancing. So they did what #SodaCitizens do best: Got creative + made a plan.
What it looks like now: ○ 2 outdoor, seated dining experiences:Dinner on Sat., August 22 at 7:30 p.m. + brunch on Sunday, August 23 at 11:00 a.m. ○ The outdoor meals will be held at the Hampton-Preston Mansion and its sister property the Robert Mills House, both managed by Historic Columbia. ○ Each outdoor meal will have four zoned seating areas, with two zones on each historic property. ○ Each zone will allow for up to 100 attendees, with total attendance per experience capped at 400. ○ At each event, attendees will enjoy a four-course meal prepared by a team of 3-4 chefs, with a different team preparing the menu for each respective zone. Kind of like an episode of Top Chef. 😍 ○ Chefs include Kristian Niemi of Black Rooster + Bourbon, Nelson De Hoyos of Hall’s Chophouse, Jessica Shillato of Spotted Salamander Cafe & Catering + more.
Safety measures in place: ○ Expanded registration/check-in process with physical space to allow for social distancing + crowd control ○ Utilizing digital thermometers to document all attendees’ temps prior to check-in ○ Disposable masks + individual hand sanitizer bottles available to all attendees, with masks required at any point a guest is not sitting at their table ○ Tables of no more than six seats, with each table 6+ feet apart ○ Established directions for each zone’s attendees to enter/exit ○ All courses will be individually plated and served. Ⓟ
○On Sunday, DHEC announced1,170 new cases of coronavirus – the lowest number of daily reported cases since July 6 – and 25 additional deaths in SC. That brings the total number of cases in SC of COVID-19 to 80,856, and the total deaths to 1,436.
○ Lexington-Richland 5 School District announced last week that it will be offering parents the choice between virtual instruction + a hybrid plan that will rotate students between on-campus learning and virtual learning. The district school board voted on Thursday to delay offering any in-person classes until at least October 8.(The State)
○ Richland School District Onehas extended its free summer meal program to August 31. Meals can be picked up on Mondays at a variety of locations from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (WIS)
○ School districts across the Midlands are creating plans for contact tracing + quarantine procedures for the upcoming school year. These will include guidelines on what symptoms will require students to go home + in what situations students and faculty members will have to quarantine for a minimum of 10 days. (WIS)
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Civic ○ Applications for absentee ballots for the upcoming November election are now being accepted by Richland County. Absentee voting will open 30 days before Election Day + voters must be registered 30 days prior to voting. Find an absentee ballot application here. (WIS)
SodaCitizen ○ South Carolina State Museum curator David Cicimurri,and a team of scientists that he led, announced the discovery of two new fossil shark species from the Southeastern US last week. Both new species are very similar to sandtiger sharks + date back to 65 and 35 million years ago. (Cola Daily)
Development ○ A new, multi-use developmentis coming to Forest Acres at the corner of Forest and Brentwood drives. The space will include 11 townhomes + retail and office space. Construction on the project will begin later this year. (Metro Columbia CEO)
Arts ○ Check out last week’s 1 or 2 episode featuring Clyde Frazier and Garrick Rivers from Partly Cloudy. The duo performed a second line arrangement of “Hello” – a popular song to be played by HBCU marching bands – in front of the new Blue Sky mural in Five Points. (Free Times)
ComingSoon ○ August 12 has been set as the reopening date for the Earth Fare on Devine Street. The grocery store chain received over 400 emails asking for the Columbia location to reopen after it announced its closing earlier this year. (Post and Courier)
Cause ○ Palmetto Pride has organized a new campaign, #GrabABucketSC, to encourage South Carolinians to help clean up the Palmetto State. Participants can get a free bucket from Keep the Midlands Beautiful, or use one of their own, and fill the bucket with litter they collect. The organization is asking participants to sign and date the buckets when they’re full + post a picture on social media with the hashtag. (Cola Daily) ○ Pawmetto Lifeline received a $7,500 grant from the Grey Muzzle Organization to help save + improve the life of senior dogs. The nonprofit is one of 64 groups that was chosen from 288 applicants to receive the grant.
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