The Oyster Festival brings seafood to Shelter Cove

oyster fest photo 2Oyster season is here and Hilton Head is ready to celebrate with the best from beds right off the island at the annual Oyster Festival in Shelter Cove Community Park.

This Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Island Recreation Association is bringing another festival to town with live music, marshmallow roasting, a silent auction and loads of steamed, fried and stewed oysters to the park, with a little help from Roy’s Place Café & Catering.

oyster fest photo 3“We’re providing the oysters, the cooking and the steaming for the Rec Center,” said Roy Prescott, owner of Roy’s Place. “We’ll have singles select, gulf coast oysters, as well as some nice doubles and triples of our local oysters.”

It’s Prescott’s first year to get involved with the Oyster Festival, to help provide local oyster and cook them. He’s bringing a team of about eight people, five large cookers and three smaller steamers, to cook the oysters and steam the shrimp.

“We’ll be back behind the tables cooking and shoveling them out,” said Prescott.

But it’s not their first time doing a cookout like this.

“We’ve done quite a few oyster roasts through the catering company,” he said.

Roy’s Place took over the job that Hudson’s has done in the past. But even though they were unable to work the festival this year and provide the oysters, they’re still helping out.

“We’re providing the shrimp,” said Andrew Carmines, the general manager at Hudson’s. “We’re going to have all local shrimp for the event.”

oyster fest photo 1But it’s not just about the food. All the proceeds of the silent auction, which takes place on both days during the festival, will go to the Island Recreation Association’s scholarship fund, to help provide opportunities to children and families that don’t have the funds to participate in their activities.

In the past year, they gave out over $85,000 in scholarships so children and their families could participate in the Island Recreation Center’s 2014 Summer Camps. And they also throw about 15 events throughout the year to bring the community together, including the Oyster Festival.

“It’s just a great event and oysters are such a big part of the history of Hilton Head and such a fun way to get everybody together,” said Carmines. “Oyster roasts are a very Lowcountry kind of thing.”


Photos provided by the Island Recreation Association. Admission to the festival is $6; children 10 and under are free. For more information, go to their website.