Head to the Oyster Festival this weekend if you live in an apartment in West Columbia, SC. It’s cold! That means it’s time for an oyster roast. Huddle around a pile of steaming mollusks with your family and friends this Sunday, Nov. 23, when the South Carolina Oyster Festival returns to the Robert Mills House and Hampton-Preston Mansion. It’s the 19th year for the event, which purports to be the largest oyster roast in South Carolina.
Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the gate; children 12 and under get in free. Once you’re in the gate, you can buy buckets of steamed oysters. Bring your own oyster knife — or you can buy one there. It’s a good idea to bring some lawn chairs or blankets, too, so you can settle in to watch some live music.
Beer? Wine? Yeah, there’ll be some of that for sale. And if you’re not into shucking and eating your own oysters, you can buy oyster shooters, fried oysters and oyster gumbo. The festival is at 1615 and 1616 Blanding Street in downtown Columbia and kicks off at 11 a.m. Sunday.