Around Town: Lowcountry Oyster Festival
The Lowcountry Oyster Festival is one of the biggest events in Charleston every year. For the past 25 years, locals have been gathering at Boone Hall Plantation on a cold January mornings to consume 80,000 pounds of oysters. This is the biggest oyster festival in the world that goes on in rain or shine. Last year, over 11,000 people came to be a part of this awesome event. For the past 20 years, this festival has been named one of the “Top 20 Events in the Southeast” by the Southeastern Tourism Society. There are many things to do and see at this festival. The main event is the legendary oyster shucking and eating contest. There is also live music and other entertainment that guarantees a good time. The local radio stations come out to make sure everyone has fun and is kept entertained. The live band is always great.
If oysters aren’t for you, there are many local restaurants that come out and bring amazing food. These restaurants include: Hyman’s Seafood Company, Red’s Ice House, Zeus Grill and Seafood, Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-BQ, North Towne Greek Restaurant, Grindz Burgers and Brew, A.W. Shucks Seafood Restaurant, Wild Wing Café, Gilligan’s Steamer and Raw Bar. Domestic and imported beers are offered as well as wine selections. There are also amazing sweets available from Dixie Supply Bakery and Café, Charleston Cookie Company, and S&D Coffee. Kids are welcome to come and enjoy the jump castle and pony rides. Local dance companies bring their dancers to perform in the kid area to add great entertainment for the parents and kids. It is a real treat to watch these talented children. There is something for everyone at this Low-country festival. It is a charity fundraiser benefitting The Ronald McDonald House, Hospitality Heroes, Hollings Cancer Center, Charleston County Schools Science Materials Resource Center and Shriners Hospitals for Children. They have added alternate parking locations this year including the park and ride option. This allows people to park near the strawberry patch directly off Highway 17 and ride tractors to the festival. This cuts down on traffic time a great deal. This year is the 30th Annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival was on January 27 and it was a great time!