Columbia, SC (PressExposure) October 30, 2012 -- Cool fall weather means oyster season in South Carolina, and the capital city's largest outdoor oyster roast is back. On Sunday, November 18, 2012, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Liquid Assets will present the 17th Annual South Carolina Oyster Festival on the grounds of the Robert Mills House and Hampton-Preston Mansion.
The event is family-friendly, with the feeling of an afternoon picnic in the heart of downtown Columbia, SC's historic district. Guests are encouraged to bring camp chairs and picnic blankets and can enjoy live music all day, a variety of food and drink vendors, inflatables for the kids, arts and craft vendors, and a Celebrity Oyster Shucking Contest.
The South Carolina Oyster Festival brings in over 10,000 pounds of fresh oysters, sold steamed in buckets or fried in baskets. Long shucking tables make for a fun, communal atmosphere. A portion of the proceeds from the festival will benefit the local non-profit, Pawmetto Lifeline.
The festival features two stages for live entertainment, featuring the bands Tokyo Joe, Black Iron Gathering, Reggie Sullivan Band, Rival Brothers and Tom Hall & the Plowboys. The lighthearted, annual Celebrity Oyster Shucking Contest will take place at 12:45 p.m. behind the Hampton-Preston Mansion.
Oysters will be sold by the serving. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own gloves and knives to shuck oysters, or they can be purchased at the festival. Other food for sale will range from sandwiches to snacks to full plates from vendors and food trucks. Beverages such as beer, wine and soft drinks will be sold.
Pre-sale tickets will be sold November 1-16 for $5 at the Robert Mills House Gift Shop, at Pearlz Oyster Bar, Hampton Hill Athletic Club, and at http://www.etix.com. Tickets will be $10 after November 16 and at the door. Children 12 and under receive free admission. No coolers or pets, please.
For more information visit [http://www.scoyster.com].
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