There are lots of food events (my personal favorite) coming up over the next few weeks, as well as some pre-Valentine’s Day activities. Here’s what’s happening that’s free or cheap in and around Myrtle Beach:
Saturday and Sunday• Michaels at 504 Seaboard St. is holding a “Make a Valentine” family event from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Bring the family and create a handmade valentine for free.
• You can sample food from more than 20 area restaurants at the inaugural “Taste of the Inlet” on Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Inlet Square mall next to Books-a-Million. Tickets are $5 in advance; $8 at the door. Samples are $2 to $4 each. You can buy advance tickets online at http://www.murrellsinletsc.com/upcoming-events.php or by phone 357-2007.
• Williams-Sonoma at The Market Common is hosting a free cooking technique class at 2 p.m. on Sunday. This week’s class is “Flavors of Morocco.” You’ll learn how to make couscous and other Moroccan favorites.
• On Sunday, Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse is offering all customers a 50 discount on their dinner buffet. No coupon required. The doors open at noon.
Tuesday• Gordon Biersch at The Market Common is hosting a Snowbird Social beginning at noon. Tickets are $15. Reservations are required; call 839-0249. This event includes lunch at Gordon Biersch, dessert and Bingo.
• Castano’s Italian Steakhouse at Barefoot Landing is hosting a “Barefoot Ladies Night” from 4 to 8 p.m. Admission is free. For a $5 donation to the Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach, you’ll get a free glass of wine. Barefoot Landing merchants will be set up in the restaurant selling Valentine’s Day gifts. There will also be food and drink specials and prize giveaways.
Feb. 2• From 9 a.m. to noon, all Home Depot locations will be holding a free workshop for kids ages 5-12. The kids will be building a valentine card holder.