Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The Greater Charleston Restaurant Association (GCRA) will host the 30th Annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival on Sunday, Jan. 27 from 10:30a.m. – 5p.m. at Historic Boone Hall Plantation. 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 more than 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 Feb. 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, Jan. 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 2p.m. 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 and 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. Sponsors include JetBlue, Budweiser, US Foods, Town of Mount Pleasant, Pepsi, The Chart Group, Frank’s Red Hot and Restaurant Solutions.
For more information on the GCRA or other events orchestrated by the GCRA please go to www.CharlestonRestaurantAssociation.com or find the group on Facebook at Charleston Food Festivals and Events.