Tents, tables, knives, buckets and more than 10,000 people will line up on 470 acres of land this weekend in Charleston– but, hold on, we’re missing the main ingredient–70,000 pounds of oysters.
When you get in there in beautiful Boone Hall and the oysters are kickin’, and you’re in the big oaks and the music is playing and the families are there and the kids areas. It’s just a great, great social event.
The Annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival was named one of the top 20 events in the Southeast by the Southeastern Tourism Society. The Oyster Festival is in January ever year and run by volunteers. One of those volunteers is Steve Carroll from a nearby restaurant on Shem Creek, Red’s Icehouse.
It’s going to be a great festival, it’s just lined up to be very organized. We really pay attention to detail every year and try to make it more efficient and user friendly.
Carroll says traffic and parking is always an issue, but he says this year he expects things to go a little smoother, especially because of the early rain.
It really does pack the roads down, so it holds the dust down. The fields all look great, they’re on high ground so parking is not going to be an issue, but we’ve opened another 900 spaces in that pumpkin patch. With the conditions, I think the parking is going to be great. But, we’ve also gone out and hired a company, ETI Event Services, which do all the games at Death Valley, they do all the Coliseums, they do the Carolina Center and the LittleJohn.
Proceeds for the Oyster Festival also go toward charity.
It’s amazing! It’s a very powerful feeling to be a part of that group. You have a bunch of restaurant tours who work their tails off, and they’re busy and they come together for the the Taste of Charleston and the Oyster Festival every year. It’s all about raising as much money as they possibly can to do some good stuff in the community. They’re giving away scholarships to the Culinary Institute, awareness in high school programs.
Carroll says if you plan to go to the Oyster Festival, show up early so you don’t have to sit in standstill traffic. Boone Hall Plantation gates open Sunday at 10:30 am for the festival, and weather calls for sunny skies at 59 degrees.