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Three Essential Preps for This Weekend’s Lowcountry Oyster Festival

Three Essential Preps for This Weekend’s Lowcountry Oyster Festival
Photo by Jason Wallis

This Sunday, the annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival comes once again to Boone Hall Plantation. It’s the world’s largest oyster festival, with a whopping 80,000 pounds of oysters on site. We didn’t want you to seem like amateurs if you decide to get in the fray and hone your shucking skills, so here are three essential tips to help you have a fun festival:

  1. Bring your own oyster knife  /  Oyster knives will be available on site for purchase, but when you are ready to get down to some serious oyster-eating, then you’ll have what you need in hand. Oysters are sold by the bucket, and that includes crackers, cocktail sauce, hot sauce and horseradish.
  2. Bring cash  /  The $25 ($20 in advance) ticket gets you musical entertainment and entrance into the plantation, but if you’re looking to do more than browse and listen, you’ll need to purchase food and beverage tickets.
  3. Use the shuttle service  /  Please, please take our advice and park at one of these off-site locations and enjoy a shuttle ride to the plantation. Oyster Festival traffic jams sometimes reach epic proportions, and the festival is working to make this a thing of the past with the additions of shuttles in 2014. Give it a try!