Chilly fall and winter weather signal the perfect time for eating oysters, and in coastal South Carolina (aka the Lowcountry), that means it’s time to have an oyster roast. This Sunday, The Lowcountry Oyster Festival–likely the world’s biggest oyster roast–will celebrate its 30th year at Boone Hall Plantation. More than 80,000 pounds of oysters will be steamed and served. That’s a lot of oysters!
There will also be oyster shucking and eating contests, a waiter’s race, live music, and entertainment for children. Don’t like oysters? No problem–local restaurants and food trucks will serve up great dishes at the Food Court area. Get more information and buy tickets here. Online sales end at 6 p.m. today, but you can also buy tickets at the gate.
In case you can’t make it to the oyster fest, get your bivalve fix at one of our favorite Southern seafood shacks.
Shucker’s Oyster Bar in Fernandina Beach, FL
Order: A basket of lightly battered, crispy gold fried oysters fresh from Apalachicola Bay, brightened with a squirt of lemon ($10)
Daily News Oyster Shack in Jessup, GA
Order: Miss Pat’s Charbroiled Oysters with a luscious topping of cheese, bacon, and spices and served bubbling hot ($12 per dozen)
Courtney’s Seafood Restaurant in Ridge, MD
Order: Oyster stew, brimming with plump, freshly shucked Chesapeake Bay oysters in a rich, buttery cream bath ($4). Zap it with hot sauce.
Mac’s Back Door Oyster Bar & Grill in Edenton, NC
Order: Salty-sweet chilled Chincoteague oysters on the half shell, undressed or with Mac’s celebrated cocktail sauce ($6.65 per half dozen)
Bowens Island Restaurant in Charleston, SC
Order: Steamed oysters by the shovelful, pulled fresh from the Folly River and cooked in their shells over a fire pit ($25.50 for all you can eat)