Come to the Congaree Vista this Saturday (September 25) in downtown Columbia to enjoy the third annual VIVA LA VISTA – Columbia’s largest block party – from 2:00 – 7:00 p.m.
The epicurean event will feature an afternoon of tastings from Columbia’s best restaurants. There will be live music – in fact, there will be two stages set up with several bands playing. In addition to all this, the Free Times Music Crawl will gear up at 7:00 P.M. with bands playing around the vista. KEEP READING FOR MORE INFORMATION AND FOR A LINEUP OF THE FOOD……..
According Deirdre Mardon, Director of the Vista Guild, this is the “perfect opportunity to sample special dishes from some of Columbia’s finest dining establishments at a low price. “Viva la Vista is a great afternoon and evening filled with delicious food. When else can you try Ristorante Divino’s Rosemary Roasted Lamb Chop for $5 or Tortellacci Florentine-Large Ravioli stuffed with Italian Cheeses and Spinach served with Pomodoro Sauce and Parmesan for $4? It’s a great time to get a bite from a restaurant you’ve always wanted to try or visit one of your favorites.”
Each restaurant will offer menu items ranging from one to five tokens. Tokens cost $1 each and will be available for purchase at several locations along Lincoln Street and online at www.vivalavistasc.com <http://www.vivalavistasc.com> . Additionally, tokens are available for purchase in advance at www.vivalavistasc.com.
Here is the run-down of restaurants with a partial list of dishes:
* A generous helping of Chef Brian Dukes’ famous Shrimp & Grits or Pan Seared Scallops/succotosh or Raws Farm Collard Green Dip by Blue Marlin
* Cheesecake with Raspberry, Lemon & Caramel topping for by Nonnah’s
*Kid-friendly cotton candy or boiled peanuts for by Cromer’s
* Vegetable Stuffed Foccacia, Stromboli and Sweet and Savory Zapmia Zeppolli by Blue Martini
* Classic S.C. Pig Pickin’, Old-timey Pickled Beaufort Shrimp Salad, Cowboy Cookies by Motor Supply Company
*Scotch Eggs, Grilled Wings, Pulled Pork Sliders by The Sly Fox
*Variety of sushi, Ika Salad, 3 piece Fried Shumai and more by Camon
*Sunny Quesadillas, Chicken & Avocado Sandwich and more by Tin Roof
* Fried Catfish Bites, Fried Green Tomatoes, Hummus & Pita, Paella and more by Blue Tapa
*Chicken Salad in Honey Wheat Wrap, Garden Club in Tomato Wrap, Asian Slaw and more by Garden Bistro
*Jillian’s Dippin’ Nachos and Cuban Sandwich, Kahlua Pork Slider and more by Jillian’s
*Blue Cheese Potato Chips, Prime Rib Sandwich and Bananas Foster Cheesecake by Liberty Tap Room
*Grilled Sirloin, Sierra Chicken, Chocolate Stampede and more at LongHorn Steakhouse
*Seared Jumbo Sea Scallops w/ white balsamic reduction & rosemary olive oil and Grilled Greek Loukaniko Sausage w/ pita, onions, tomatoes & tzaziki sauce and more at Gervais & Vine
Baby Back Ribs, Asian Yellowfin Tuna and Classic Fried Chicken Wings at Carolina Ale House
*Ice cream varieties from Marble Slab Creamery
*Pizzas, Bruschetta & Toast and Hummus & Pita at Mellow Mushroom
*Burgers and fries from Five Guys
*Steak Sliders and Sweet Potato Casserole from Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
*Beef Tataki or Seared Tuna with wonton chips and sauces by SakiTumi
*Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich, Ugly Wings and Black Bean Wrap by Vista Grille
*Wings from Wild Wing Cafe
*Watermelon Italian Ice, Crab bruschetta and Corn Fritters from Pearlz Oyster Bar
*Cheesecake, Chocolate Temptation Cake and Chichen Salad Croissant by Nonnah’s
Blackened Beef Tenderloin, Ahi Tuna, Green Pizza and more from Sheraton Columbia Downtown
*Italian ices by Rita’s
*Pizzas and Chocolate Chip Cookies by Z Pizza
*Fried Green Tomato BLT w/Remoulade, Pimento Cheese-Stuffed Smoked Sausage, Wahoo Chicken Salad w/Pita Chips by 300 Senate
*Bratwurst on Hoagie w/ spicy mustard & sauerkraut, Reuben on Marble Rye w/ corned beef, Swiss cheese, 1000 Island dressing & sauerkraut and Big Pretzels by Flying Saucer
*Red velvet, Chocolate and Lemon $1 mini-cupcakes by Cupcake
The Lincoln Street Canopy on both sides of Gervais Street will be lined with chefs preparing food and lots of tasty, affordable bites; family-friendly activities for visitors of all ages; live music; and strolling through one of Columbia’s most famous districts.
Bring your children, bring your ID and bring your appetites! Plan for an afternoon of fun and great food at excellent prices and a full lineup of music.
Check back for after-photos of the event.