A food festival for a mollusk? Seems like a far-fetched idea to some. But if you’ve ever eaten a freshly steamed oyster, you completely understand why this mighty mollusk is so celebrated. Oyster festival veterans from far and wide will flock to Boone Hall Plantation for the 29th annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival. Eighty-thousand pounds of fresh, hot, steaming oysters will await you, eager to be shucked. If you can tear yourself from the oyster-eating and oyster-shucking contests, you can also enjoy live music from the main stage, a wide selection of wine and domestic and imported beers, and a showcase of tasty bites from local restaurants. So even if oysters aren’t for you, you’re guaranteed to find something to pique your interest. The festival is kid-friendly too, complete with pony rides, jump castles, and free entry for munchkins under 10. Guests are encouraged to bring their own knives and gloves, but will also be able to purchase those items there. Proceeds will benefit a variety of local charities, including the Ronald McDonald House, Hospitality Heroes, and Hollings Cancer Center. Bring your appetite.