Tastings, Dinners, and Other Foodie Fun 

From the City Paper's cuisine calendar

FARMING | Field of watermelons
Watermelon and Vegetable Field Day
Thurs. July 12
9 a.m. Edisto Research and Education Center
64 Research Rd.
Blackville, SC 29817
284-3343 ext.273

What do you think of when it comes to summer? Swimming pools? Cook-outs? Watermelon? How about 50 different kinds of watermelon? Edisto Research and Education Center is offering a Watermelon and Vegetable Field Day. The day starts with an indoor educational session focused on water and nutrition management, followed by a field tour wherein you get to look at watermelon trials, involving over 75 seedless and mini watermelon varieties. Bet you didn't know the world of watermelontology was so diverse. As an added bonus, all involved will get an opportunity to witness the new high tech sensors used to monitor field conditions. It actually involves a sensor that calls someone's cell phone. THURSDAY

Charleston Tea Plantation Tours
America's only tea plantation, owned by R.C. Bigelow, is open to visitors. Take a narrated bus tour of the fields and see how tea is made, talk to tea experts, and sample American Classic Tea. Each Sun. 12-4 p.m. and Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Charleston Tea Plantation, 6617 Maybank Hwy. 559-0383. www.bigelowtea.com/act

Thoroughbred Club Afternoon Tea
Afternoon tea with all the trimmings; reservations strongly suggested. Each Mon.-Sat. 1-4 p.m. $22/Classic Charleston, $27/South of Broad. Thoroughbred Club, 205 Meeting St. Charleston Place Hotel. 722-4900 x7689.

Beer Tasting
This weekly tasting samples at least four higher gravity beers along with specials on cheese plates. Each Thurs. 5-7:30 p.m. $5. O'Hara & Flynn, 1640 Palmetto Grande Dr. 216-1916.

Charleston Farmers Market
Every Saturday, the market features the finest local produce, plants, flowers, and herbs along with food, fine art and crafts, and live entertainment. Each Sat. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Through Dec. 16. Marion Square, Calhoun and King. 724-3746.

Wines of the World
The Tour de France features a one-hour wine tasting reception followed by a four-course pairing dinner, highlighting a diverse selection of French wines. Tue., July 17, 6:30 p.m. $79. Woodlands Dining Room, 125 Parsons Road. 308-2115.

Firemen's Fund Wine Tasting
A pairing of wine and hors d'oeuvres. All money supports the Firemen's Fund. Reservations are required. Wed. July 11, 5-7 p.m. $35. O'Hara & Flynn, 1640 Palmetto Grande Dr. 810-0088. WINEDINEWINE @comcast.net

Wine Lover's Happy Hour
Wine flights of five different wines of varying themes. Each Tues.-Sat. 5-7 p.m. $5 for 5 (2 oz. pours). Amuse, 1720 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. 573-8778.

Summer Wine Strolls
Stroll America's oldest landscaped gardens and sample a variety of summer wines. Stay for dinner and get a complimentary dessert. Wed. 5:30-7 p.m. $5. Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Road. 556-6020. www.middletonplace.org

Wine Wednesdays
Enjoy live music by local performer Eddie Stonaker and half off any bottle from the new wine list. Each Wed. 5:30-8 p.m. Fish, 442 King St. 722-FISH. www.fishrestaurant.net

Arlaana Wine Tastings
Tasting of wines from around the world accompanied by hors d'oeuvres. Each Wed. 6-8 p.m. $20. Arlaana Restaurant, 259 Seven Farms Dr. 471-2400. www.arlaana.com

Wine Tasting
Sample wines with local distributors twice a week. Call for details. Each Mon. Thurs. 5-7 p.m. $5. Avondale Wine and Cheese, 813B Savannah Highway. (843) 769-5444.

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Around the World Wine Tasting
Sample wines from around the world. Fri. $5. O'Hara & Flynn, 1640 Palmetto Grande Dr. 216-1916.

In Good Tastings
Informal weekly wine event. Each Fri. 5-7 p.m. $1. In Good Taste, 1901 Ashley River Road. 763-5597.

Flight Night
Sample varying flights of wine, focusing on Spanish flavors. Tues. $12-$25. Raval, 453 King St. 853-8466.

Monday Night Chefs Series
Cypress Chef Craig Deihl demonstrates Lowcountry cuisine with a twist on July 16. Pastry Chef M. Kelly Wilson shares sweets on July 23, and Michael Kramer returns on July 30 for those who can't get enough. Meetings are in Building 920, room 407. Each Mon. 7-9:30 p.m. Through July 30. $49/course. Trident Technical College (Main Campus), 7000 Rivers Ave. 574-6805. www.tridenttech.edu/ce.htm

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Demonstration by Noisy Oyster Chef
Matthew Paul, executive chef of the Noisy Oyster downtown, will demonstrate the preparation of Cast-Iron Blackened Salmon topped with a Cucumber Dill, Midori, and Sour Cream over Lowcountry Risotto. Registration required. Wed. July 18, 6 p.m. Whole Foods Market, 923 Houston Northcutt Blvd. 971-7240.

E-mail cuisine calendar items to editor@charlestoncitypaper.com or fax to 576-0380 by the Wed. before the week of the event.

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