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Taste of Lake Murray Becomes Strategic Gateway to World Food Championships

Lake Murray, SC 04/28/2021 - One of South Carolina’s most anticipated food events, the Taste of Lake Murray, has been named as a Super Regional Qualifier for the world’s largest Food Sport event, World Food Championships (WFC).

Through this regional gateway program, the event will qualify six local South Carolina chefs as the first-ever Team Lake Murray Country, which will then compete at WFC’s 9th Annual Main Event, November 5-7, in Dallas, Texas, where more than $300,000 in prize money is up for grabs.


“We really look forward to learning more about the cuisine and talent from Lake Murray Country,” said Mike McCloud, WFC President and CEO. “These strategic qualifiers not only highlight the great local cuisine from America’s diverse regions, but they end up giving new groups of chefs and cooks a chance to develop life-long friends at WFC that share the same passion and purpose of food through competition.”


The May 6th Taste of Lake Murray event, presented by Lexington Medical Center, is an intense culinary battle that will challenge local restaurants to create their best dish. The chefs are expected to create samples for the event’s 800 patrons, all of whom will become the actual judges for the event through a ‘people’s choice’ voting scenario.

The event will be held from 6:00pm - 11:00pm EST and is hosted at DoubleTree by Hilton in Columbia, SC. Starting at 8pm EST, guests will be asked to participate in a “Golden Hour” of voting –– where they will be choosing the six finalists by voting for their favorite dish of the night.


The current list of Taste of Lake Murray participating restaurants include:


8th Wonder Cuisine Alodia’s Cucina Italiana Bistro on the Boulevard Blue Marlin Steaks & Seafood Columbo’s Restaurant Figaro the Dining Room Griffin Chophouse Juniper Lick Ice Cream Moe’s Southwest Grill Nothing Bundt Cakes Perfectly Plated RF’s Corner Grill Steelhorse Smokehouse Wings & Ale at The Dam


Due to COVID, this event will have limited/reserved mixed seating and masks will be required. Attendees will also be asked to sign a COVID waiver before entering.


Tickets are available at https://www.lakemurraycountry.com/product/taste-of-lake-murray-tickets/. Profits will be used for the Annual July 4th fireworks on Lake Murray.


More information on Taste of Lake Murray can be found at tasteoflakemurray.com.


In the meantime, stay up-to-date on all things Food Sport, follow the World Food Championships on Twitter (@WorldFoodChamp), Facebook and Instagram (@WorldFoodChampionships).


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