The Host

The Post and Courier, founded in 1803 in Charleston, is an award-winning newspaper including the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. In 2020, The Post and Courier expanded its coverage to Columbia, Greenville and Myrtle Beach.

Since 1987, Free Times has served as Columbia’s alternative weekly newspaper providing local coverage on politics and government, arts and entertainment, food and nightlife. Free Times has long been a staple of the media landscape in our region. In 2016, Free Times was acquired by Evening Post Industries, owner of The Post and Courier. Since that time, the two sister brands, both firmly committed to local journalism have shared content in print and online to reach readers across South Carolina. Together, Free Times and The Post and Courier employ 11 full-time journalists living and working in the city of Columbia. In addition to producing Columbia’s largest and most-read weekly publication, Free Times has grown a reputation for hosting some of the most memorable events in the city.

Today, The Post and Courier and Free Times sustain a reputation for providing honest and trusted coverage of news, food, music, arts, and culture, throwing incredible events and engaging an audience of diverse political views, socioeconomic statuses, ages and genders.

Non-Profit Partners

The Charitable Plate is a registered 501C3 which aims to shepherd talent in the Midlands community by providing scholarships to fund the advancement and growth of future chefs, farmers, heritage foods, and educational pursuits to strengthen our local food system. F2T donates a percentage of ticket sales from every event to The Charitable Plate to assist with funding.

The Charitable Plate

With roots dating back to 1944, the South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association (SCRLA) is the voice of South Carolina's hospitality industry. As a statewide, non-partisan trade organization, our mission is to promote, protect and educate the foodservice and lodging industries of the state, and to ensure positive business growth for our members. The SCRLA strives to represent the best interests of our members on small business issues, hospitality and tourism concerns, while protecting South Carolina's quality of life.

South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association

Advisory Committee

The CFWF Planning Committee has invited the following members of the community to serve on the 2019 Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee was created for the inaugural festival and individuals were chosen to serve because of their unique knowledge, skills and passion for Columbia’s hospitality scene.

  • Abi Snyder, BB&T
  • Ashley Cady, Flock & Rally
  • Charley Scruggs, Terra
  • Chaston McNeely, US Foods
  • Eva Moore, SC Department of Agriculture
  • Heather Curtis, Soda City Market
  • Jared Glover, SC State Museum
  • Jeff Gerber, Hilton Head Wine & Food Festival
  • Jessica Shillato, Spotted Salamander Cafe and Catering
  • Josh Rogerson, Saluda’s Restaurant
  • Josh Streetman, Motor Supply Co. Bistro
  • Kelly Glynn, Village Idiot Pizza
  • Kelsey Carmichael, Experience Columbia
  • Kiki Cyrus, Kiki’s Chicken & Waffles
  • Kim Jamieson, Columbia Metropolitan Airport
  • Lenza Jolley, SC Restaurant and Lodging Association
  • Mattison Heatherly, City Social
  • Marshall Minton, South State Bank
  • Megan Plott, Historic Columbia
  • Mike Tourville, River Rat Brewery
  • Rita Patel, Hotel Trundle
  • Steve Cook, Saluda’s Restaurant & FPA board member
  • Vanessa Driscoll Bialobreski, F2T Productions

Planning Committee

  • Chase Heatherly, Publisher & Ad Director
  • Meg Senn, Events Manager
  • Kelly Glynn, Events Manager
  • Lisa Willis, Production and Operations Manager

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