Winter in Charleston is really something else. While the rest of the country is bundled up in layers, fingers crossed that Punxsutawney Phil doesn’t see his shadow, Charlestonians are spending the weekends in short sleeves, enjoying the city and, more than likely, a cold beer and some fresh seafood.
A January weekend was the perfect occasion for Team Red Clay to take on two Holy City oyster roasts. So many Red Clay fans have fallen for our sauce because of its perfect pairing with oysters, so these were amazing opportunities to spice up the day and mingle with the locals.
The festivities began on January 25 with the Second Annual Shucked and Sauced event to benefit the Charleston Parks Conservancy. We rolled up to the Rose Pavilion at Hampton Park, ready to get appropriately shuckin’ and sauced. We were in good company with over 350 attendees, seven participating restaurants, local oysters, and live music provided by Dallas Baker and Friends. There’s not much that can beat a fresh oyster doused in Red Clay, but knowing it’s for a good cause is always an added bonus.
On Sunday, we sponsored Explore Charleston’s Lowcountry Oyster Festival, the world’s largest oyster festival (not kidding). Team Red Clay and ten thousand people from every corner of the country (plus some stray Canadians) took on Boone Hall Plantation for a full day of oysters, music, and shucking contests.
Chef Geoff set up the Bloody Mary Bar of the century in the VIP tent, complete with Hot Honey candied bacon, every pickled veggie known to man, Manchego cheese, and any other accoutrement you could possibly want in your A.M. cocktail. Our sales team was posted up at our tent, selling sauce and doing demos for attendees. Of course, we all had to join in on the festivities, and we got to explore the grounds and shuck some local oysters.
Getting to be a part of such fun events with all of the great people who make it happen and who show up makes us so grateful to be on Team Red Clay. It’s weekends like these that remind us why we do what we do, where we do it: Charleston is truly a city like no other, and we are so lucky to call it our home base.