The Palmetto Palate, an annual fundraiser put on by the South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation, will be held at the South Carolina State Museum on Thursday, July 19, at 6 p.m.

The fruits and vegetables (and meats and cheese) of the state are the star of the evening and are shown off in the form of tapas prepared by participating guest chefs. A silent auction that features items and services from South Carolina producers will be going on for the duration of the event as well.

The event, which was formerly held at 701 Whaley, has grown to the point that the organizers had to find a larger venue.

Proceeds from the event go to the South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation, a nonprofit that provides scholarships to South Carolina college students who study agriculture. Tickets for the event are $60 in advance and $70 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online through Eventbrite.

Columbia Fireflies Field

The Columbia Fireflies, a Class A affiliate of the New York Mets, are set to begin their second season in Spirit Communications Park on April 6. The team drew 261,000 fans in 2016, a record for pro baseball in Columbia, though it was good only for sixth in the 14-team South Atlantic League.

Cheer for Fireflies, Eat Crickets

If there’s one thing we know about South Carolina wildlife, it’s that bugs always end up hanging out together. And we suppose that’s how it came to be that the Columbia Fireflies have teamed up with Terminix to serve up what they are calling the “hottest new baseball snack of the summer” — barbecue-flavored crickets.

Yes, it’s true, you can head to the baseball stadium on July 22 or Aug. 12 to see if you can stomach eating literal bugs.

“We’re delighted to partner with our friends at the Columbia Fireflies and can’t wait to see different reactions to these edible bugs,” says Kevin Hathorne, technical director at Terminix Service, Inc. “Having tried them myself, I think the majority of fans will enjoy the crickets, which are also an excellent source of protein.”

Crickets are being hailed by scientists and food trendologists as the food of the future, and while we don’t buy it yet, this seems like a good way to see if you’re going to survive well in the future or not. This Sunday’s game starts at 2 p.m. at the cricket snacks will be available at the Terminix kiosk in the stadium.

Random Tap Moves to Not-So-Random Location

The popular yet far-flung taphouse on the edge of Columbia near Elgin, Random Tap, is moving from its shopping strip location to a larger location that they say is only 30 more seconds away. The new location, at the corner of Two Notch and Spears Creek Church Road, will feature a kitchen, and more outdoor space.

A date for the move to the new location has not yet been finalized.  

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