New Features for the 30th Annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival

JetBlue® Airline Ticket Giveaways, Build A Bar and New Children’s Area highlight the 30th Annual Oyster Festival

 The Greater Charleston Restaurant Association, Inc. (GCRA) will host the 30th Annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival on Sunday, January 27 from 10:30am – 5:00pm at Historic Boone Hall Plantation in Mt. Pleasant. To make this year extra special, the GCRA has added some new features with the help of their sponsors: JetBlue to giveaway tickets, Budweiser is bringing a “Build A Bar” and the Children’s area will be highlighted with jugglers, aerial acrobats and more. The Lowcountry Oyster Festival, coined “The World’s Largest Oyster Roast”, has been named one of the “top 20 events in the Southeast” by the Southeastern Tourism Society for the past 25 years. Each year the event brings in more than 10,000 guests who consume over 80,000 pounds of oysters. Not a fan of the mighty mollusks, no problem, there will be a food court featuring a variety of restaurants, food trucks and sweets. The food court restaurants will feature: Reds Ice House, Zeus Grill & Seafood, Gilligan’s Seafood Restaurant, The Windjammer, Jim ‘N Nicks Bar B Q, Wild Wing Café, AW Shuck’s and Hyman’s Seafood. The featured Food Trucks will be Dukes Barbeque, BlackJack Barbeque and Hubee D’s Tenders & Wings. Sweets will be provided by Dixie Supply Bakery & Café, Charleston Cookie Company and S&D Coffee.

JetBlue will be giving away tickets at the Oyster Festival every hour on the hour. Must be 18 or older and have to be present at festival to win the tickets. Tickets will be good from February 28, 2013 – February 28, 2014. Winners are subject to terms and conditions and must pay for applicable taxes. No early registration, must register at the Lowcountry Oyster Festival on Sunday, January 27.

Budweiser and Southern Eagle Distributing will be bringing out their “Build-A-Bar”. What is a “Build-A-Bar”? It is a trailer that transforms into a bar which features Plasma Screen TVs, Fixed Bar Seats and much more.

To help alleviate some traffic/parking issue in years past the GCRA has opened up an additional entry point to the event. In years past, the only entrance to the event was off Long Point Road. Now event-goers will be able to enter off Highway 17 near Boone Hall Farm’s Pumpkin Patch. This entrance will be open until 2pm and then it will reverse to accommodate outgoing traffic. From the Highway 17 entrance, the GCRA will offer a “Park n Ride” service. This is free will allow attendees to ride a trolley through Boone Hall Plantation to the back gate. This entrance provides easier entrance and exit from the event and helps alleviate traffic on Long Point Road.

This annual event is orchestrated by the GCRA with the help of hundreds of volunteers from the community. A portion of the proceeds will benefit local charities including the Ronald McDonald House, Hollings Cancer Center, Hospitality Heroes, Shriners Hospitals for Children and the Charleston County Schools Science Materials Resource Center. We would also like to thank our sponsors: JetBlue, Budweiser, US Foods, Town of Mt. Pleasant, Pepsi, The Chart Group, Frank’s Red Hot and Restaurant Solutions.


24 Responses to New Features for the 30th Annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival

    • Hi! No the entry fee is just for admission. Once inside you will purchase Oysters by the bucket as well as beer or other food.

  1. When you enter the Oyster Festival, can you leave & re-enter at no additional cost? We have a room reserved & cant check in til 3:00. We wanted to come to Festival early then check in room later, them get cab back to Festival. Thank You!! Cindy Hall

      • Can we keep the bucket or do we give them back? Is it a special Oyster fest bucket or just a plain white bucket? Is parking free? Is the park and ride free? Sorry for so many questions, but I want to make sure we bring the right amount of money with us!!!

        • Hi LaToya – we keep the buckets. Parking is FREE, the Park N Ride is FREE! We do have a special 30th Year Commemorative shirt available for sale today … so you may want to check that out. See ya soon.

    • Children 10 and under are free with adult ticket. Anyone over 10 will have to purchase a ticket to get into the Oyster Festival. Thank you.

    • Gates Open at 10:30am
      Sign up to Win a JetBlue Ticket
      Potter from 98 Rock and Laura from The Bridge take the stage

      11:00am Children’s Area featuring Pluff Mudd Circus Opens, sponsored by Cumulus Media

      11:30am – 12:30pm: Live Music from Not So Serious

      1:00pm: Oyster Shucking Contest hosted by Potter- 98 Rock and Laura- 105.5 The Bridge
      Oyster Eating Contest hosted by Summer McQueen and Chris O’Kelley from Kickin Country 92.5

      1:30pm – 5:00pm: Live Music from Not So Serious

      3:00pm – 5:00pm: Slammin’ Sammy from Mix 95.9 will be on the Main Stage

  2. Our family of 5 will be coming. We have 2 adults and 3 children (twin girls – 5 and an 8 yr old). I am seeing from comments that 10 and under are free. Is 2 kids per adult acceptable?

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