The annual Oyster Festival, which started in 2001, has folks from all over shucking, slurping and smiling at the Shelter Cove Community Park, where visitors get sweeping views of Broad Creek, a field perfect for picnics, easy access to the Shelter Cove Towne Centre and Shelter Cove Harbour for shopping and more oysters than they could ever hope for.
A bucket of oysters goes for about $12 at the festival and it’s just one of the ways sumptuous shellfish are served. Guests can also get plates of steamed, skewered, fried, roasted or raw oysters. In addition to seafood snacking, hot dogs, chili and gumbo is also available, as well as popcorn, donuts and marshmallows for roasting.
Dozens of arts and crafts vendors also show up for the silent auction, where guests will find everything from restaurants gift certificates and locally-make artwork to passes for free rounds of golf.
Snacking and shopping aren’t the only activities at Hilton Head Island’s Oyster Festival. Every year, performers take the stage and entertain audiences with live music while football fans gather at the “Sports Lounge” set up at the park with the best games up on flat screens around a bar.