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Lowcountry Oyster Festival off the charts

  • Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Staff Photos by Becki Tomlinson

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The Greater Charleston Restaurant Association, Inc. (GCRA) hosted the 31st Annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival on Jan. 26 at Historic Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant.

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.

Each year, the GCRA adds new elements to improve the festival.

This year marked a few firsts with gates opening at 10 a.m. (earlier than years past), an expanded children's area, VIP Ticket upgrade option online and complimentary off-site parking shuttles.

The event is one of the largest in the Lowcountry and brings in thousands of event goers who consume over 80,000 pounds of oysters year after year.

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.

For more information on the GCRA or other events orchestrated by the GCRA please go to CharlestonRestaurantAssociation.com or find us on Facebook at Charleston Food Festivals and Events.

The Greater Charleston Restaurant Association, INC (GCRA) represents the largest private sector employer in the tri-county area. The association serves as the voice of the Charleston-area food service industry on government and public relations issues. Annual fund-raising events like Taste of Charleston and Lowcountry Oyster Festival, both sponsored by the GCRA, enable them to give back to the community.

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