The red cups are out, the Rockefeller Christmas tree has been officially delivered, I already have two presents checked off my list, and When Harry Met Sally is playing on the iPad on my desk. Yes, folks, I’m under the weather, but have a hopeless case of holiday cheer!
The ever-growing list of 2015 holiday happenings.
TOMORROW NIGHT is the 11th Annual Table 301 Sparkling Wine Tasting 6:30-8:30pm at The Lazy Goat. Call 864-679-5299 for ticket information. Tickets are almost gone!
Candy Canes and Cocktails Thursday, Nov. 12, 5pm-8pm at Augusta Commons. Sip and shop your way around The Elephant’s Trunk, Muse, Sassy, Chico’s, Twill, Gages, 4 Rooms, and Alisa Marie Fine Lingerie.
Patton Pottery Open Studio Sale, Saturday, November 14. Local potter, Greg Patton, only opens his studio a couple of times a year (unless by appointment) and this is a fantastic opportunity to load up on presents for everyone on your list. Did you know he’s the artist behind the facemugs at Blue Ridge Brewing Company? www.pattonhandmade.com
4th Annual Stone’s Point Block Party, Nov. 14, 5-8pm there will be food trucks, Circa Doughnut, the Wunder Bus traveling photo booth, store specials and tons of holiday cheer from Stone’s Point shops including Urban Digs, Dapper Ink, Community Tap and Billiam Jeans.
The Upstate’s premier craft beer fest returns for a third year featuring 35 local, regional and national breweries. Greenville Craft Beer Festival is slated for Saturday, Nov. 14, 12pm-5pm at Fluor Field. For ticket info, go here.
Bovinoche Ridgeway hosted by Bourbon Columbia is coming to the Midlands Sunday, Nov. 22nd, 1pm-6pm. This popular performance meat fest guarantees big meat, lots of fire, music, and more. Chow on beef, pork, goat, chicken, quail, oysters, paella and more. Enjoy beer from River Rat, cocktails from Bourbon, wine and more. LIVE MUSIC by The Mustache Brothers, Punctual Troubador and Stefanie Santana. Tickets are $75 and include 2 drink tickets. A portion of each ticket goes to The Barclay School at Magnolia Farm. Get your tickets here.
Moonlight Movies featuring How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Home Alone, December 2 at 6:00pm at Falls Park. JB Tingles food truck, Poppington’s Popcorn and Coffee Underground will be there to keep your belly full and your hands warm! . For more info, go here.
Start a new Christmas tradition at Dickens in the Village at Biltmore Village in Asheville, Dec. 4-5. Friday night at 6:00 they light the 25′ frazier fir. Walk around the village streets lit by 1000 luminaries, join in carol singing, sip on chocolate and cider, and experience freshly roasted chestnuts and catch a ride on the horse drawn carriage. On Saturday beginning at 11:00, carolers, musicians and dancers fill the village with holiday cheer. With more than 40 shops and 10 cafes and restaurants, you could spend the entire weekend in Biltmore Village!
Be good and buy handmade this Christmas! More than 35 artists will have their handmade goods for sale at the Indie Craft Parade Holiday Fair at The Kroc Center Greenville on Dec. 5, 10am-5pm. $1 admission.
Asheville’s award winning restaurant, The Corner Kitchen, and Highland Brewing Company are pairing up for a beer dinner on Thursday, December 10 at 6:30pm. Reservations required. For more info, call (828) 274-2439.
Downtown Greenville Holiday Happening presented by greenville.fm returns Thursday-Sunday, December 10-13. The multi–day event transforms Downtown Greenville’s Main Street into a festive, family-friendly destination promoting tourism, retail, art, dining, and holiday entertainment. For a list of participating businesses and the entertainment schedule, go to the event site on iongreenville here.
Crafty Feast is coming Dec. 13 to Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. My friend, Griet, and I went last year and had a blast! 100+ handmade indie craft vendors. 12pm-6pm. Tickets are $3. Kids under 10 are free.
Mark your calendars and book your room now for restaurant weeks coming up this January!
South Carolina Restaurant Week is January 7-17. Check out participating restaurants in our favorite South Carolina cities: Columbia, Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head, and my fave, Restaurant Week Greenville! Coming to town? Don’t forget to make your reservations and reserve your comfy room at the Hyatt Greenville. Who wants to drive home on a full stomach, anyway?!
Asheville Restaurant Week is coming January 19-28. More info at www.ashevillerestaurantweek.com
Looking for a place to stay during restaurant week in Asheville? Try one of these amazing places: Double Tree- Biltmore, Biltmore Village Inn, Crooked Oak Mountain Inn (my personal fave), Grand Bohemian, The Loft.
This holiday’s must see movies.
Yes, I know Star Wars is coming out. These are the other must-see films of the season!
Barista. From the people behind Supersize Me and Somm comes a documentary about baristas, where the guys and gals behind the coffee counter become superheros. Seriously.
Miss you Already. The BFF movie that will either make you miss your best friend like hell, or wish you had a best friend… either way, it’s both joyful and heart wrenching. Take your Kleenex!
Grow up in a step-parent situation? (And even if you didn’t.) Will Ferrell will have you laughing until you cry in his upcoming comedy, Daddy’s Home, which hits theaters on Christmas day. And Mark Wahlberg takes his shirt off. Done and done.
Must see TV.
Don’t forget to set the DVR for ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas! I think I might have to covertly delete some unwatched shows to make room.
Has anyone else seen Odd Mom Out? Who turned me on to this? BIG HUGS! I binge watched Season 1 on the plane ride to Portland and I am obsessed! Something you don’t know about me? I’ll watch pretty much anything on Bravo because I love the announcer. You know the guy: “Next on BRAVO…” Anyway, here’s a short you might enjoy. In light of the fact that we are always struggling with screen time at our house… I feel much better about our choices now. Lol.
It’s totally binge watch Christmas movies season, but when January comes, I’m totally catching up on The Affair and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. #bingewatchingisbest
Gift ideas for everyone on your list.
I spend hours researching Christmas gifts and this year, I’m saving you some time. Follow my Pinterest Gifts Board! There is something on there for every foodie on your list! Pinterest.com/gapcreekgourmet/gifts/
Hear of an event or cool new product I should know about? Let me know on the Gap Creek Gourmet Facebook page!
Y’all have a good night!