It's gonna be ... May. Which means spring is in full swing here in the Lowcountry and with it a buttload of food and drink related events (many taking place in the great outdoors). With the Derby, Cinco de Drinko, and the special dress-like-a-Star Wars-character day all happening this weekend, there's plenty of fun to be had. Stay tuned for our picks for those special fetes — for now, check out all the farmers markets, barbecues, wine tastings, and beer releases you can fathom:
The St. Philip's Tea Room starts service
today through May 3. Stop by between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. for okra soup, chicken salad sandwiches, ham biscuits, homemade dessert, and more.
Nico hosts their weekly oyster education class
starting at 6 p.m.; for $55 learn about the history of the oyster, farming techniques, and get a how-to on shucking. You'll get to try a dozen oysters, a glass of Oysterman wine, and you'll even score your own take-home oyster knife.
It's the Folly Farmers Market
starting at 4 p.m.; shop local vendors while enjoying the spring breeze.
Get your egg roll on at Charles Towne Fermentory starting at 5:30 p.m. with Sap-Lai Charleston.
Today starts Kwei Fei's Cinco de Mayo Micho takeover
, running through this Sunday. Chef David Schuttenberg whips up Mexican street fare and some more elaborate dishes inspired by the Mexican food he ate growing up in Arizona.
Head to Doar Bros. from 5 to 7 p.m. for mint julep happy hour
with Angel's Envy juleps. USBG members get a complimentary cocktail, too.
Starting at 6 p.m. Red Drum hosts a "celebration of summer"
featuring a wide variety of rose pours, plus white and red sips perfect for the hot weather. Julius and Jessica Henson of Winebow will be onsite with the vino, and your $25 ticket gets you samples, snacks, and some fun blind tastings.
Try some Curated Selection Wine at Wine & Co.'s Tuesday tasting
starting at 5:30 p.m.
some Spanish vino at Accent on Wine from 6 to 8 p.m.
pops up at Tradesman starting at 5 p.m. with juicy/cheesy/squishy burgers galore.
Edmund's Oast holds a sour and rare beer event
with Allagash starting at 5 p.m. Choose from five 8 oz beers on tap — Coolship Resurgam, FV13, Copian, Little Sal, and Wannigan.
Every Wednesday head to The Parlour, the cocktail lounge above Parcel 32, for Bubbles and Pearls
starting at 5 p.m. Enjoy $1.50 oysters shucked to order and half-price select bottles of bubbly.
Every Wednesday until May 29 visit Middleton Place for a happy hour garden stroll
and wine tasting.
We're all familiar with brews and down dog, but did you know you can sip on spirits post savasana, too? Striped Pig hosts yoga in the distillery
from 5 to 6 p.m.
Wine & Tapas Bar in Summerville hosts a German wine tasting
— stop by any time after 6 p.m. to taste five wines including three styles of Riesling, a pinot grigio, and a gewurztraminer.
The Gibbes Museum of Art hosts its 10th annual street party
from 7:30 to 10 p.m.
Leave the kids at home — Night at the Brewseum
at the Children's Museum of the Lowcountry kicks off at 6 p.m. with food, beer, wine, and games.
Sip on earthy and "supremely drinkable" pours of Beaujolais at this $5-only tasting at Edmund's Oast Exchange starting at 5:30 p.m.
Starting at 6:30 p.m., Ruth's Chris Steak House hosts a Prisoner Wine Company tastemaker dinner
featuring five courses like espresso barbecue-topped filet and chilled king salmon paired with Prisoner wine.
From 3 to 7 p.m. every Thursday you can snag fresh produce at the Moncks Corner Farmers Market
It's Party at the Point
season y'all. From 5:30-9:30 p.m. jam on the water in Mt. Pleasant — this Friday enjoy the tunes of the Ol' 55s and Natty Grass.
Every year Verde celebrates Cinco de Mayo with Cinco de Mesa
, selling $5 Mesa Verde salads all day — available for dine in or take-out, no delivery.
Dorchester Habitat for Humanity's largest fundraising event
, Lowcountry Blast & Boil, takes place from 2-11 p.m. at the Summerville Country Club. Enjoy a shrimp boil and an open beer and wine bar.
In honor of their two year anniversary Rusty Bull is celebrating
with two full days of fun starting Friday at 5 p.m. with eats from The Immortal Lobster, music from Whiskey Diablo, and the release of a new beer. Pints are just $5 all day. Sat. May 4 there will be special beer releases, food from Root Note, music from Meshell Wolf and Keys & Company, and the Derby on TV.
celebrates Cinco de Drinko all weekend, Fri.-Sun. with discounted food and drink.
Smoky Oak Taproom
pops up at Freehouse Brewery from 4 to 8 p.m. with plenty of 'cue to pair with your brews.
is at Proof every weekend with noods and, this weekend, hand-pressed masa tacos.
The 43rd Annual Lowcountry Shrimp Festival and Blessing of the Fleet
takes places from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in historic McClellanville with live music, craft vendors, and plenty of shrimp (and other food) to chow down on.
Hey nerds! The Galactic Pub Crawl
kicks off at 4 p.m. at Ink N Ivy. Other participants include Carolina Ale House, Mynt, Charleston Beer Works, Uptown Social, Big Gun Burger, and Burns Alley.
Go beyond the gin and tonic at Stems & Skins
starting at 4 p.m. North Charleston distillery Nippitaty Gin will be in the restaurant with classic cocktails from a martini to Corpse Reviver No. 2.
From 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Riverfront Park check out the North Charleston World Arts Expo cooking demo
at stage C. Chef Jennifer Williams will be preparing a crawfish etouffee.
Visit the Mt. Pleasant Sports Pub starting at 1 p.m. for an AYCE pig pickin'
and block party.
The Sea Islands Hunger Awareness Foundation hosts their 5th annual Gullah Celebration
at Freshfields. There will be live music, vendors, plus Gullah cuisine and alcohol available for purchase.
The area's newest farmers market
at the Tanger Outlets runs every Sat. from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Every Saturday the Grand Bohemian throws a straight out of Wonderland Mad Hatter brunch
starting at 11 a.m.
From 1 to 3 p.m. Zero Restaurant hosts a wine tasting class
with Jake Smith from Grassroots pouring rose. There will also be a snack prepared by chef Vinson Petrillo.
Fresh Future Farm partners with Geechee Experience and Dejuan Murphy for Trap N' Plant, an event
featuring food demos, gardening tips, and Geechee culture. Fun starts at 3 p.m.
Burger food truck Jonny Poppers
celebrates their one year anniversary at Low Tide starting at 1 p.m. They'll have a doggie Derby hat contest (!), human hat contest, plus burger specials.
Get your GOT on during Bay Street Biergarten's watch party series
starting at 9 p.m.
St. Stephens Episcopal holds the 11th annual Emma Watson barbecue
starting at 12:30 p.m. Enjoy pulled pork 'cue from Swig & Swine, vegan dishes, live music, a bake sale, silent auction, and more.
Elevate your brunch experience at Tabulli's drag brunch
every Sunday starting at noon. They have bottomless mimosas, an AYCE brunch buffet, plus queens on queens on queens.