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Back to the Roots Festival

Join us in celebrating City Roots 10th Growing Season at the Back to the Roots Festival! This will be the first event of its kind in Columbia, with fun hands-on farm learning experiences combined with great music, food and drinks that will be fun for EVERYONE!


Farm Tours
Hands-On Gardening Classes and Demonstrations
Wine and Beer Gardens
LIVE Music
Cooking and Canning Classes by top local chefs
Live-Fire Cooking Demonstrations
and much more (see below)

Wine Garden featuring wines by Grass Roots, Advintage and Aleph

Beer Gardens

Sour Beer Station - TropicMost Gose, Wicked Weed La Bonte Pear, Rotating Wicked Weed Sours, Columbia Craft Sour

Cider Beer Station - Bold Rock IPA, Bold Rock Rose, Bold Rock Dry, Wicked Weed Cider

Craft Beer Station - Columbia Craft Lager, Wicked Weed Pernicious IPA, Wicked Weed Astronomical IPA, Wicked Weed Lunatic Belgium Blonde

Domestic Station - Wicked Weed Lt Dank IPA, Bud, Mic Ultra

Local Beer Station - sponsored by Hunter Gatherer

Live Music!

12 - 1 - Mark Taylor Jr Band
1:30 - 2:30 - The Buck Dancers
3:00 - 4:00 - Pharaohs in Space
4:30 - 6pm - Cletus Baltimore

Heroes Changing Our Plate - Join us under the pavilion for bookselling and signing by USC Distinguished Professor and Ark of Taste for the South Food Historian David Shields, Nat Bradford from Bradford Watermelons tasting and education table, Slow Food Columbia Ark of Taste Table. Historic Columbia Foundation will be selling cuttings of Ark of Taste and heritage ingredients for you to grow at home.

Kitchen Demos by Frank Bradley and Lou Hutto - Butcher Demo, Quick Pickle Demo, Make Your Own Mustards Demo and a Sausage Making Demo,

Live-Fire Cooking Demos on KUDU and Sea Island Forge Grills with Chef Kristian Niemi

Yoga Classes - Adult Yoga in the backfield by Theresa Hurt. Every hour, starting at 1:00 p.m., 20 minute duration, limited mats so bring your own if you would like.

Tours of City Roots Farm and Southern Vistas by City Roots Owner

Kids Zone!

Kids Yoga by Fit Columbia

Planting a Seed Station--> Kids will plant a seed to take home (and also help Flower Farmer Brinton start sunflowers for the farm! ) Kids will learn what makes good potting mix for their plants to grow, then help sift it all together, and plant their seeds, learning which varieties grow best in Spring gardens.

Plant Prints Station--> Kids will use veggies, mushrooms and flowers to make their very own "In Season" art prints.

Veggie Cookies--> Using naturally colored icing, kids will get to decorate (and eat!) tasty cookies shaped like veggies. (icings are pink, orange, green and yellow and made with beet juice, carrot juice, spinach and turmeric) wand an edible flowers cookie "toppings" bar.

Bike Valet and Bike Tent - ride your bike and receive a discounted ticket!  Brought to you by Summit Cycles and Cola Town Bike Collective


The Chestnut Elephant, CHI Indigo Designs, EZE Farms, Gardeners Outpost, Two Brothers Jerky, Mercer Winery, Midlands Food Alliance, Slow Food Columbia, Historic Columbia, Bradford Farms, LuLaRoeNALA, Old Mckaskills Farm, Carolina Bay Farms, LunaLola, Initial Outfitters with Sandi Owen, Maximized Living, Crave Artisan Market, B Functional Pottery, Deerwood Clay and City Roots.

Food and Beverage Vendors - F2T Catering, Wurst Wagon, Crepes and Croissants, Bourbon, Alex's Lemonade Stand, Sonnie’s Refreshments, and Cantina 76.

Sponsored By Dick Dyer Volvo Cars, Wicked Weed Brewery and Hunter Gatherer

$15 a ticket!


Proudly Sponsored By

Earlier Event: April 22
Main Street Harvest Dinner
Later Event: May 5
Cinco de Mayo Harvest Dinner