Now that our months have the letter “R” in them, we can safely eat oysters again. In Charleston, surrounded by salt water that serves as home to an abundance of these succulent mollusks, that is cause for celebration.
And celebrate Charleston will do, with oyster roasts around town and throughout the calendar until mid-Spring. In the Lowcountry, families own a glove, oyster knife and cocktail sauce just as surely as they own a lawnmower and gardening shears, and our idea of fun is standing around a boiling pot splitting shells and pouring their contents down our gullets.
If you’re coming for a visit, bring your appetite and plan for these popular oyster roasts.
Shucking for Seniors, Sunday October 25 from 2-5 p.m. at Bowen’s Island Restaurant – Eat well for a good cause – 100% of the proceeds support ITN, a locally-based non-profit that offers subsidized, door-through-door transportation to seniors.
Oysters for Autism, (not yet advertised online) late November. Oyster roast raises funds for the Lowcountry Autsim Foundation.
9th Annual Oyster Roast Fundraiser, Sunday, November 22. Family friendly event includes live music, Lowcountry oysters, BBQ, beer, wine and soft drinks. Hosted by Charleston Community Sailing.
Charitable Society Oyster Roast, early in the new year at the Charleston Visitor Center bus shed. Proceeds are distributed among local charities.
Save the Light Oyster Roast, Sunday January 10 from 2-5 p.m. at Bowen’s Island Restaurant. Proceeds maintain the historic Morris Island Lighthouse.
33rd Lowcountry Oyster Festival, Sunday, January 31 at Boone Hall — named one of the “top 20 events in the southeast” by Southeastern Tourism Society. Includes shucking and eating contests, live music, a variety of other foods and a cut of the profits for charity.
Or, just head to Pearlz in West Ashley, which hosts regular Sunday afternoon oyster roasts all season. Fourteen bucks gets you all-you-can-eat oysters from 2-5 p.m.