Ten thousand oyster lovers can’t be wrong 

Bivalves Up

Thousands of oyster aficionados braved the mud, crowds, and horrendous traffic on Sunday for the Lowcountry Oyster Festival at Boone Hall Plantation. By midday, the festival grounds were a mob scene — organizers predicted 10,000 guests would attend this year, and they estimated even more showed up.

All around the plantation, people munched on treats like elephant ears, bacon-wrapped scallops, and gyros from food court restaurants like A.W. Shucks, Grindz Burgers & Brew, and Red’s Ice House. But the stars of the show, of course, were the oysters, and 10 bucks bought you a beer bucket full of them. Lines were long, and it seemed like as soon as cooks heaped a new, piping-hot pile on the table, it was gone. Servers worked hard to feed the crowd, and supply was stretched to meet the demand — reps say an extra five tons of oysters had to be hauled in by 1:30 p.m. Delicious.

DJs from stations like 95SX and 94.3 WSC made sure the masses were entertained on the main stage. At 12:30 p.m., there were oyster-eating and shucking contests, with separate competitions for women and men. Musician Dave Landeo finished the festivities with a final set. Those who weren’t basking on picnic blankets danced to his renditions of songs by the Violent Femmes and the Offspring before the chaotic rat race home commenced.


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