One of my favorite things about the winter season in Charleston is that there are tons of oyster festivals. With so many going on last weekend, I decided to attend the Lowcountry Oyster Festival hosted by the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association, which is one of the most popular. This was my first time going. The event was held at Boone Hall Plantation, which is a beautiful venue. Boone Hall is host to various fun events, I usually always pick my pumpkins there for Halloween. Incase you’ve never heard of Boone Hall, it’s located in Mount Pleasant and is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Due to the extremely high volume of people at the festival, we had a lengthy walk from where we parked the car. This gave me a chance to really see the plantation, which is a gorgeous area. It includes a large Colonial Revival plantation house that replaced the lost original house, slave cabins, numerous flower gardens, and my favorite part, the “Avenue of Oaks.” This is almost 1 mile of oaks on a dirt road leading up to the house.
Next we got to finding some oysters. Believe it or not, I was so busy shucking that I completely forgot to take pictures of our oyster buckets! We did find one little gem in one of the oysters after prying it open.
I couldn’t believe it when we saw a little crab. Anyway, the event featured not only oysters but food from various restaurants such as Red’s Icehouse, The Windjammer, and A.W. Shucks, all great seafood joints. There were 80,000 pounds of oysters (which I hear actually ran out before the event ended), Oyster Shucking and Eating Contests, live music, and wine and beer selections. Aside from the venue being over crowded, it was a wonderful time.