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Three Essentials for Southern Oyster Roasts

Three Essentials for Southern Oyster Roasts
Photo by Jason Wallis

This Sunday, the annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival returns to Boone Hall Plantation. It’s the world’s largest oyster festival, with a whopping 80,000 pounds of bivalves on site. Lest you seem like an amateur if you jump in the fray and hone your shucking skills, here are three essential tips for attending any Southern oyster roast.

  1. Bring your own oyster knife: Sure they’ll be available on site for purchase, but when you’re ready to get down to some serious oyster-eating, you’ll want to 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 (or $20 in advance) ticket grants you entrance and musical entertainment, 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: Take our advice and park at one of these off-site locations and hop on a shuttle ride to the plantation. Oyster festival traffic jams can reach epic proportions, and the festival is working to make this a thing of the past with the additions of shuttles in 2014.

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