January 26, 2014 - Thousands of oyster fans descended upon Boone Hall Plantation on Sunday for the 31st annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival. Shipping in 80,000 pounds of Texas single selects, the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association event billed as “the world’s largest oyster festival” and named one of the “top 20 events in the southeast” by the Southeastern Tourism Society was once again a major draw for locals and tourists alike. With buckets of oysters going for market price and crackers, cocktail sauce, hot sauce and horseradish included while supplies last, oyster fans got their fill. For those not fond of the mighty mollusk, food trucks Rollin South, Dukes BBQ, BlackJack BBQ and Hubee D’s and restaurants AW Shucks, Gilligan’s, Hyman’s Seafood Co., Jim ‘N Nicks BBQ, Red’s Ice House, The Windjammer and Wild Wing Cafe kept them satiated. Entertainment included the always popular oyster shucking and eating contests, live music by the Dead 27’s, an expanded children’s area and more. A portion of the proceeds benefitted 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.