Oyster Roasts

Lowcountry Oyster Festival

When: Sun., Jan. 25 2009

Aw, shucks, it’s time to tromp around on the bucolic plantation grounds with a cold beer in one gloved hand and a blunt oyster knife in the other. The Charleston Restaurant Association and Boone Hall Plantation present one of the biggest oyster festivals in the country, the 26th Annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival. This event has been named in the “top 20 events in the southeast” by the Southeastern Tourism Society. The massive gathering usually draws nearly 10,000 shuckers and revelers, eager to dig into two tractor-trailer loads’ of freshly harvested, Gulf Coast bivalves. Dave Landeo — a singer/guitarist who recently relocated from Knoxville to the Lowcountry — and his band are scheduled to play several sets throughout the afternoon on the festival stage. Oysters will be sold by the bucket (approximately three to four dozen) for market value, and served with cocktail sauce and crackers. A variety of local food vendors will offer a list of alternatives, including corn dogs, crab cakes, boiled shrimp, and barbecue. Many minutes may be leisurely spent under the oaks stuck in a dirt-road traffic jam. Many beers will be gulped. Many steamed oysters shall be consumed. A portion of the proceeds benefit several Lowcountry charities, including the Ronald McDonald House, the Hollings Cancer Center, the Travel Council, and Charleston County Science Materials Resource Center. —T. Ballard Lesemann

Price: $10/advance, $12/gate

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