Lowcountry Oyster Festival

Calling all oyster fans! How does digging into 80,000 pounds sound? Billed as “the world’s largest oyster festival” and named one of the “top 20 events in the southeast” by the Southeastern Tourism Society, the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association will host the Lowcountry Oyster Festival for the 32nd year. Highlights of the annual event include the oyster eating and oyster shucking contests (scheduled for 12:30-1:30 p.m.), live music, wine, a selection of domestic and imported beers, a children’s area and a food court that will feature a variety of local restaurants. General admission includes entry, entertainment, a viewing of Boone Hall Plantation and access to the Pluff-a-Pallooza Children’s Area; oysters, drinks and other food items will be sold separately at market price. VIP access includes easy entry through the VIP ticket line, a voucher for a bucket of oysters, and entry to the VIP tent where food and beverages, as well as a seating area, will be provided. The Pluff-a-Pallooza kids and family area, which will be presented in conjunction with the festival, will be a celebration of pluff mud, the natural habitat and home of oysters. Entertainment and activities will focus on celebrating the Lowcountry’s nature and the importance of pluff mud. Attendees are permitted to bring chairs and/or blankets; coolers and tents are not allowed. The Lowcountry Oyster Festival is a charity fundraiser benefiting The Ronald McDonald House, Hospitality Heroes, Hollings Cancer Center, Shriners Hospitals for Children and Charleston County Schools Science Materials Resource Center.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Boone Hall Plantation, 1235 Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant

Price: General admission is $17.50 in advance, $25 at the door; VIP is $100

For more info: www.charlestonrestaurantassociation.com/lowcountry-oyster-festival/ or http://boonehallplantation.com/annual_oyster_roast.php