Charleston is known for many things – its grace, beauty and charm, its historical significance, its well-mannered residents. The Holy City’s restaurant scene is constantly being favorably compared to dining culture in cities such as New York City and San Francisco, but foodies living in the Charleston area venture beyond restaurants to experience the land and culture. One of local’s favorite pastimes is inviting family, friends and neighbors over to enjoy an authentic Lowcountry Oyster Roast.

It was in the 1820s when David Truesdell – known as the “Oyster King”– brought his shucking ways to Charleston from NYC, opening The New York Oyster House. It was thought oysters were only safe to eat in months with the letter “R” in their name, and of course, in the days before refrigerated storage, such a belief had some merit.

Here are just a few local oyster roasts if you want to shuck the night away!

7th Annual HALOS Oyster Roast – Sunday, Oct 14, 4:00pm, Harborside East, Mount Pleasant, SC

Charleston Home Builder – Association Oyster Roast, Tuesday, October 23, 4:00pm, Oyster Point, Mount Pleasant, SC

Oyster Roast – Thursday, Oct 25, 6:00pm, The Watch Rooftop Kitchen and Spirits, Charleston, SC

Oyster Roast at Sand Creek Farm – Sunday, Nov 11, 2:00pm, Sand Creek Farm, Edisto Island, SC

2018 Chili Cook-off & Oyster Roast! – Charleston Animal Society, Saturday, Nov 17, 12pm, Riverfront Park, North Charleston, SC

The website shares a few simple ways to Impress the shell out of your friendswith these oyster facts:

• Max shell size: 8 inches.

• Oysters filter between 30-50 gallons of water daily.

• Oyster reefs act as a natural barrier to storm waves and sea level rise by absorbing 76-93% of wave energy. Additionally, they provide other sea creatures a habitat– resulting in 1.5 extra tons of seafood a year.

Oysters can live up to 20 years in captivity.