2019 Lowcountry Oyster Roasts
It’s that time of year again!
Oyster Roast season is a much-anticipated time of year in the South Carolina Lowcountry. These saltwater treasures are best eaten on a chilly night while standing by the fire that steamed them to perfection. We tend to enjoy them with cocktail sauce, saltines and a group of friends. The later the hour, the taller the tales. There are several places in our area to find the perfect oyster roast.
The Bluffton Old Town Oyster Run 5/10K is a great way to start the season. Come out and enjoy the race and follow it up with oyster shooters and mimosas on October 19th. Then spend the rest of the day at the Arts and Seafood Festival where more seafood will be served up in abundance.
Head over to Hilton Head on October 26th. The Men’s Fellowship of Queen Chapel AME will be sponsoring an all you can eat Oyster Roast and Crab Boil.
Edisto will be the place on October 27th. The Edisto Island Open Land Trust will hold their annual roast with live music, oysters and a Lowcountry buffet that will please any palate.
November 2 is the date for the Rotary Club of the Lowcountry’s 23rd Annual Family Oyster Roast. The price of admission gets you all you can eat and drink oysters, beer, wine, soda, hot dogs, chili and desserts. There will be door prizes and auction items up for bid as well. Live music will be performed by Mike Kavanaugh. Can’t find your oyster knife? That’s ok, you can purchase one when you get there.
The Hilton Head Oyster Festival will get underway on November 8 & 9th. At this event you’ll find all you can eat steamed local oysters, lowcountry boil, pulled pork, seafood chowder & chili. Entertainment will be provided by live music, a football viewing area, and wine pull.
If you’re looking for something to combine your love of oysters, running and Halloween, head over to Beaufort for the Oyster Ghost Roast & 5K. Work off the calories at a twilight run before you eat your weight in oysters on November 16th. There’s fun for all with a costume contest, college football tent, kid’s tent and Karaoke. Sponsored by the Technical College of the Lowcountry, the proceeds benefit the TCL Student Veterans Association.
If the Clemson/Carolina game is something you look forward to every year, start celebrating early at Ridgeland’s Big Thursday Tailgate Party & Oyster Roast on November 21st. This event is held at the farmers market and the team that purchases the most tickets wins the night!
Join the Bluffton Historical Preservation Society on Saturday, November 23rd on Common Ground at the Heyward House Museum & Welcome Center for a night of family-oriented fun at their Historic Bluffton Oyster Roast!
Live music will be provided by Evan Rose and a 4-piece Bluegrass Band. Also, enjoy a special premier preview of their new documentary feature film, “Bluffton, SC, A May River State of Mind”, which will be shown for the first time during the event.
Celebrate Thanksgiving with an Oyster Roast at Montage Palmetto Bluff. With its five-story treehouse and expansive views of the May River, Oyster Roasts at Moreland Landing are a holiday tradition. Palmetto Bluff invites you to become a part of the tradition. Their chefs will cook up fresh oysters along with a Lowcountry boil and a host of other sides and fixins. Advance reservations required.
Ring in the new year at the Beaufort Area Hospitality Association Beaufort Oyster Festival. This inaugural event will celebrate all aspects of our Lowcountry oystering culture and agri-tourism economy from historical, to architectural, ecological, agricultural, culinary, hand-crafted, and more. The event will be held at the Henry C Chambers Waterfront Park and corresponds with South Carolina Restaurant Week.
Walterboro is the place to go in February for the Colleton County Citadel Club Annual Oyster Roast. Events will take place at the Colleton County Museum and Farmers Market.
In the mood for pork? The Waddell Mariculture Center Pig Pickin’ & Oyster Roast is just what you’re looking for! Join them for the quintessential Lowcountry family-style culinary celebration. The island’s best chefs and pitmasters will prepare local oysters, shrimp, pork, chicken, BBQ, and all the trimmings. Wash it down with brews, wines, signature cocktails and live music!
Want to take a boat ride to a remote island oyster roast? The Page Island Oyster Roast is a fundraiser for the Kids in Kayaks Scholarship Fund. This family friendly event offers attendees a true Lowcountry experience including a round trip boat cruise to Page Island. While there enjoy an oyster roast with other food from The Bluffton Oyster Co., live music, silent and live auctions, drinks and fun & games for the whole family. Only a limited number of spots will be available for this exclusive experience, so please purchase tickets early!
The 15th Annual Beaufort Charities Oyster Roast is always a favorite on Port Royal. To keep up with growing demand, they will be trucking in every local Beaufort oyster they can find! Come enjoy live music from 4-10 p.m. Cold beer, wine and liquor will be available so bring your lawn chair and enjoy the afternoon by the fire eating oysters and listening to the oldies. Don’t forget to bring the little ones so they can enjoy the free kids zone featuring face painting, free Upper Crust pizza, and TUX the Clown. What is better than local oysters, adult beverages, dancing, and 2 live auctions? Don’t miss the one they talk about all year long.
Here’s hoping you find an oyster roast (or two or three) that’s perfect for you and your family. For more entries to our Lowcountry calendar of events visit https://southcarolinalowcountry.com/events-calendar/ .