Gwen Fowler



Grab your oyster knife! The roasts are coming!

Posted 12/27/2012 12:26:00 PM

The weather outside may not feel like oyster weather, but the season is here. If oysters are one of your favorite parts of winter, plan to try one of these festivals:

Dec. 28: Lowcountry Blues Oyster Festival at The Stables Restaurant at Rose Hill Estate in Aiken. Live music by Shrimp City Slim.

Jan. 12: 8th annual Music & Oysters for Wildlife, 2-6 p.m. at the Sewee Outpost in Awendaw for a day of Bulls Bay oysters and music. Tickets are on sale through Etix or at the Sewee Outpost after Jan. 1. In addition to oysters, there will be barbecue, burgers and hotdogs, as well as wine and Palmetto Brewery beer. Tickets for the day are $35 in advance and $40 at the gate and cover all the oysters and music. Children younger than 12 are free with adults.

Jan 18: Historic Beaufort Foundation's Annual Oyster Roast, 5 p.m. or 7 p.m., The Oaks Plantation on Saint Helena Island. Music by the Side Street Walkers. Along with oysters, your ticket offers you pulled pork, barbecue chicken, red rice, salad, dessert and two drinks. Tickets are $45 for members, $55 for others.

Jan. 27: The Lowcountry Oyster Festival at Boone Hall Plantation, just north of Mount Pleasant, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event sponsored by the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association claims to be the world’s largest oyster festival and brings in up to 80,000 pounds of oysters. An oyster shucking and eating contest and live entertainment are part of the festival. For those who prefer other foods, a number of restaurants and vendors will be on hand

March 23: Beaufort Twilight Run and Oyster Roast. Enjoy a run or fun walk before an evening Lowcountry oyster roast in the village of Habersham. A ticket is good for unlimited oysters and a plate of grilled chicken with sides. Tickets are $22 before March 1; $25 between March 2-22; and $28 the day of the event.