On January 28, 2018, the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association (GCRA) hosts the 35th Annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival - the world’s largest oyster festival - at Boone Hall Plantation from 10 am to 5 pm.
The event will feature over 80,000 pounds of oysters, in addition to a variety of food options from local restaurants and food trucks. Event highlights include the “Oyster Shucking” and “Oyster Eating” contests, live music on the main stage, local wine and beer, and the Pluff-a-Pallooza Children’s Area.
The children's area includes pluff mudd arts and crafts, cookie decorating with “pluff mudd frosting,” live theatre performances of “Pearlie the Amazing Oyster,” bubble therapy, face painting, sweetgrass basket weaving, bounce houses, an electronic bull, giant ridable dinosaurs, air dancers, and jugglers. Organizations such as The Bee Cause Project, Charleston Water Keeper, the Turtle Survival Alliance, and the Surfrider Foundation will also be on site to share interesting environmental education with kids.
General admission is $17.50 if purchased in advance online, at Boone Hall Farms, or at any official Visitors Center. Children ten and under are free with paying adult. Tickets are $25 on the day of the event and can be purchased at the gate. VIP admission is $100 and includes access to the VIP lane at the entry gate and VIP tent with food, beverages, and oysters. All food and beverage tickets are sold separately. Local and domestic oysters will be available steamed and by the bucket at market price.
The festival is a rain or shine event. No pets, coolers or outside food and beverages will be allowed. Oyster knives and gloves will be available for purchase. Boone Hall Plantation is located at 1235 Long Point Road in Mount Pleasant. There are two entrances into the event - the main Boone Hall entrance off Long Point Road and the entrance off Highway 17.
Tickets can be purchased here.