Charleston’s first Oyster Week cut short; Will return in 2023

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Lowcountry Weekend) - The inaugural Oyster Week in the Lowcountry has been cut short because of unforeseen circumstances, a spokesperson said.

Kevin Joseph, Owner of downtown’s Raw Lab, founded Oyster Week in partnership with Toadfish Outfitters.

“An Oyster Week is a manifestation of our collective human history with the oyster, going back 150,000 years,” Joseph said. “It is a celebration of the oyster’s role in our history, culture, cuisine, economy and ecology: past, present and future.”

The official launch party, Shellabration, took place from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Bowen’s Island Restaurant with general admission of $100 and VIP admission at $150 for those 21 and older. The event featured live music by the Old Soul Band, a live and silent auction and featuring oyster farms from across the Carolinas.

The Shallabration was meant to kick off Oyster Week, originally created as a series of events over the course of the week, culminating at a special celebration on Nov. 18, which is International Oyster Day.

However, because of a family emergency, Joseph was forced to cancel three other events previously scheduled, Oyster Week spokesperson Eve Boggs said.

She thanked the Charleston community for their support and said they look forward to 2023′s Oyster Week.

The Shellabration raised money to benefit the Toadfish Conservation Coalition, a non-profit foundation of Toadfish Outfitters, that specializes in nationwide oyster restoration and conservation.

“We’re excited to be partnering with Kevin in creating Charleston’s first Oyster Week together,” Toadfish Outfitters founder Casey Davidson said. “Charleston Oyster Week gives us an opportunity to orchestrate an impactful community experience that directly benefits the Lowcountry’s long-held shellfish industry and precious marine ecosystems.”

Patrick Phillips

Patrick joined the Live 5 News team in October 2006.