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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 opens in a new windowFarm 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.

opens in a new windowFor 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 opens in a new windowGrand Tasting and meals with Columbia’s best chefs. opens in a new windowTickets are on sale for each event now and many Columbia hotels are offering opens in a new windowspecial 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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This time last year, we told you why opens in a new windowWe Love Columbia. This year, we’ll tell you a few ways to impress your sweetheart Columbia style.

On the Rails

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Climb aboard the opens in a new windowColumbia Star Dinner Train for a romantic night on the rails. There are two options for you and your sweetheart.

February 14th starting at 6:30 pm – the Valentine’s Day Dinner
Ride on a three hour long train ride while enjoying a romantic five course meal with aphrodisiac inspired ingredients. All meals will come with better poached mussels for an appetizer, a soup, a salad, entrée and the chef’s own house made
flour-less chocolate cake. Women will receive a complementary rose and each adult will receive one glass of champagne. This ride is special in that each couple will receive their own private table! Lighting on the train will be by candlelight
and you will be able to see outside with our 14 giant spotlights to light the scenery. $250 plus tax per couple

February 15th starting at 6:30 pm – The Young Lovers Ride
Ride on a two hour long dinner train ride from Columbia to Hallsvile. You will receive a three course meal with your choice of entrée. Prices are $120 plus tax per couple and does not include a private table.

Wine and Dine

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A couple of local wine-centric restaurants will offer special Valentine’s Day menus.

opens in a new windowWine Cellar and Bistro

By reservation only, $55 per person, Aphrodisiac Valentine’s Menu. Three courses of aphrodisiac-focused dishes and includes a glass of lovely pink prosecco.

opens in a new windowLes Bourgeois Bistro

Features a special pre-fixe menu for $55 per person with five courses – choose one item from each pre-determined course option

Chocolate. Always Chocolate.

Looking for something local, delicious and…chocolate? Columbia has you covered!

opens in a new windowThe Candy Factory

The line often goes around the block for their famous chocolate covered strawberries. You can also skip the line and choose from an array of truffles, old fashioned candy selections and their incredible chocolate pizza.

opens in a new windowPatric Chocolate 

Patric Chocolate’s decadent flavors are gaining national attention, and they’re made right here in Columbia! This year, their limited edition Valentine’s flavor is called “Sweet and Sassy” and features dark milk chocolate with hints of burnt caramel and sea salt. We’ll wait here while you go place your order.

Now that you’re back, we want to wish you and yours a very happy Valentine’s Day. And we hope you’ll celebrate it the Columbia way!

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