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23 Jan 2015
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oyster roast with cocktail sauce

As I blogged about recently, it’s oyster time in the Lowcountry.  Oyster roasts are a time-honored local tradition that brings all manner of folk together around a steaming heap of delicious mollusks.  It’s particularly nice that it falls during the cooler time of the year… and when I say cooler, the term is relative.  Unlike most other parts of the country, it’s still warm enough for an outdoor party but cool enough to wear those oyster gloves and enjoy the steam coming off the oyster pit.

Of course the biggie is coming up this Sunday  -- the annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival, the largest one in the world (see previous blogs for more info).  But there are many other options coming up to help feed and entertain everyone in your Charleston beach house.

Tomorrow afternoon/evening (Saturday, January 24th) is the annual Follywood Oyster Roast, which will be taking place at Brick House Kitchen at 1575 Folly Road.  It’s convenient to all our SC vacation rentals, and especially handy if you’re staying in a Folly Beach house Charleston.  There will be tons of live music on two stages, with performances by The Travelin’ Kine, BYOG, The Piedmont Boys, The Daryl Hance Trio, and Sunflowers & Sin, as well as art vendors, corn hole and beer pong.  Also on hand will be plenty of all-you-can-eat oysters as well as other food and food trucks.  Doors open at 3:30 p.m. with the music cranking up at 4:00.

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Speaking of Folly, this weekend is also the annual Taste of Folly, where you can sample some of the best that Folly Beach has to offer.   These “Taste of…” festivals have become a reliably fun way to experience local cuisine in towns and cities across America.  The fun kicks off tonight with the Taste of Folly Bartender Mix-Off, which will include the 3rd annual Signature Cocktail Series and live music by Red Cedar Review.  It’ll happen from 7:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. at the Grand Ballroom of the Tides Hotel.  Tasting tickets are $20 for those 21 and over.

Then tomorrow (Saturday, January 24th) is the big Taste of Folly street festival on Center Street.  They’ll close it off to vehicular traffic, so restaurants and bars can take over and strut their stuff.  The road will be closed from 10:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m. and the event will take place from 11:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m.  In addition to local culinary & beverage offerings there will also be a hot dog eating contest, a chili cook-off, the Server-lympics, a date auction, silent auction, local vendors, and live music by One Kool Blow and Bottom Feeder.  There’s no charge to attend, and proceeds during the festival go toward Surfers Healing.   This’ll be especially fun for anyone staying in Folly Beach house rentals Charleston SC.

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If you’re going to be staying in one of our Isle of Palms luxury rentals in the next couple of weeks, there are a couple more oyster roasts you should know about.   Next Saturday, January 31st, is the annual Shuckin’ and Shaggin’ at Sunset, an oyster roast on the island sponsored by the IOP Exchange Club.  It will take place on the banks of Hamlin Creek at 201 Palm Boulevard, an easy stroll or quick ride from all our Isle of Palms vacation rentals.  There will be a silent auction and raffle from local businesses, lots of single select oysters, southern style chili, slow roasted barbecue, hot dogs and shagging.  It’ll go on from 4:30 p.m. till 7:30, and proceeds will help fund student scholarships.  Tickets ($30 advance, $35 at the door) are limited to 400 and may be purchased by calling (843) 886-9887.

Then the following Saturday, February 7th, is “The Big One… under the Big Tin,” the umpteenth annual Sullivan’s Island Fire and Rescue Oyster Roast.  From your luxury house on Isle of Palms, just cross over the Breach Inlet Bridge and head over to Hennessy Street, then look for the big tin shed/fish fry shack.  It'll go on from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.  There will be all-you-can-eat oysters, lots of music and general fun, and proceeds go toward the worthy sponsors.   Tickets ($30 advance, $35 at the door) are available at the Harris-Teeter at Sea Island Shopping Center, Simmons Seafood, and the Sullivan’s Island Fire Station and Town Hall.  This is a lively event that draws lots of locals, so it’d be an insider’s oyster roast for those staying in our luxury beach house rentals SC.

So happy oyster roasting/shucking/eating.  And when you are looking for rental homes South Carolina  -   namely, beach rentals Charleston  -  call EP for the very best selection.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger