Memories of a Lowcountry Oyster Festival

February 19, 2018 § Leave a comment

CHG VIP $250 Ticket Winner/Guest Carmela Gordon Describes Lowcountry Oyster Festival Fun

On a rainy Sunday, January 28, Carmela Gordon and her boyfriend enjoyed an afternoon of oysters, food, libations and fun at the Charleston Hospitality Group’s VIP tent at the Lowcountry Oyster Festival. The 47 year-old accounting professor at Trident Technical College was “very excited” when she heard she won out of a field of almost 600 social media submissions.

A Lowcountry native, it was her first visit to the Lowcountry Oyster Festival since age 11, and the very first festival shared with her boyfriend. “We both love oysters. The CHG buffet food was awesome. We especially loved the shrimp and grits from TOAST, the shrimp from Cove Oyster Bar & Grille, and the chicken and sweet potato waffles from Eli’s Table,” says Gordon.

Gordon and her family of 3 children and 3 grandchildren returned to Charleston in 2013 because she loves the festivals, food and people here. “I wanted the kids to grow up in Charleston. We plan on returning to the Lowcountry Oyster Festival next year.”


Lowcountry Oyster Season Has Arrived

January 15, 2018 § Leave a comment

Chargrilled Oysters from Cove Oyster Bar & Grille

35th Lowcountry Oyster Festival Scheduled for January 28 at Boone Hall Plantation

The “Lowcountry” is broadly defined as a 70-mile swath of land stretching between Charleston and Beaufort. This area is revered for its beautiful and complex labyrinth of marshes and waterways that provide an idyllic habitat for nurturing the seafood for which the Lowcountry is best known – shrimp and oysters.

Shrimp harvest happens during the spring and summer months, and once the calendar moves into the cooler “r” months (September through Feburary), it’s officially oyster roast season. You don’t even have to look at a calendar to know it’s here. You can smell it in the air. The popular and festive events are held in large open fields and backyards throughout the country. The combination of the briny scent of the oysters as they roast and the smoke used to cook them is heady and unmistakable.

But, the Grandaddy of them all, the one many locals wait for all year long, is the Lowcountry Oyster Festival. It is held at scenic and historic Boone Hall Plantation, a massive cotton and pecan farm dating back to 1681 that is perhaps best known for its majestic entrance of arched live oak trees.

On January 28, mollusk lovers from all around will converge to greedily slurp their way through 80,000 pounds of fresh, local oysters at an event deemed one of the top 20 event in the southeast by the Southeastern Tourism Society.

General admission tickets are $17.50 in advance online, at Boone Hall Farms, or at any official Visitors Center. Tickets the day of the event are $25 and can be purchased at the gate. General admission tickets for children ten and under are free with a paying adult. Advance ticket sales will end January 27th at 11:59pm. Food is not included in the general admission price. You may purchase food tickets once inside for food vendors and oyster buckets. Oyster buckets are Market Price and each food item ranges from $2-$6.

VIP tickets are $125 through Saturday, January 27th, 2018. If still available, VIP tickets will be $150 the day of the event. It is encouraged to buy these in advance to ensure your spot before they sell out. The VIP ticket includes admission to the event and VIP tented area with tables and chairs. The ticket includes unlimited oysters, a catered buffet, and beverages (wine, beer, mimosas, soda) in the VIP area. Parking not included.

Charleston Hospitality Group is proud to be participating for the third time as a sponsor and a host of a VIP tent showcasing foods and libations from every single one of our properties. “Our staff loves this event, and we love supporting our community. The oyster festival also has been a great way for CHG and our sponsors to showcase great products and services,” says CHG Resource Management Director Alexis McDaniel Barnes.

In addition to providing a wonderful afternoon of fun and food under the oaks for thousands of oyster-loving folks, the festival is also a charity fundraiser benefiting The Ronald McDonald House, Hollings Cancer Center, Shriners Hospital for Children and Charleston County Schools Science Materials Resource Center.

When: Sunday, January 28, 2018

Time: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Where: Boone Hall Plantation (1235 Longpoint Road, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464)

Visit this link for more information. We hope to see you at our VIP tent!

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