Hot, steamy oyster roasts are one of the things that get us through the winter in the Lowcountry, and the granddaddy of them all is undoubtedly the Lowcountry Oyster Festival at Boone Hall Plantation. Hosted by the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association, the festival brings over 10,000 mollusk lovers to the spacious historic plantation, where two tractor trailers full of oysters guarantee that no one goes hungry — around 65,000 pounds of oysters will be available for your shucking pleasure.
Buckets are $8 each and come with cocktail sauce and crackers, though guests are encouraged to bring their own knives and gloves (though they can also buy them on-site). Besides all that slurping, the crowd will have a nice selection of beer to choose from, as well as music from Dave Landeo and special guests.
Other attractions include the Oyster Shucking and Eating Contest and a Kids’ Corner. This year, as part of an oyster shell recycling initiative, the Department of Natural Resources, Fisher Recycling, and the Nature Conservancy are partnering up to ensure that shells from the festival are recycled back into the local public oyster beds following the Fest. This is a rain or shine event. —Erica Jackson