Fun Facts about Oysters and the 16th Murrells Inlet Oyster Roast

The South Carolina coast is known for its delicious oysters, so it’s apropos that Murrells Inlet serves as the setting for an annual community event filled with bushels of sweet, succulent, local oysters.


Make your plans to slurp down some of these delicacies during the 16th Murrells Inlet Oyster Roast, from 11:30 to 3 p.m. on Nov. 9, 2019, at The Wicked Tuna on U.S. 17 Business. For $35, enjoy all-you-can-eat steamed oysters, an official MI2020 Oyster Roast koozie, live music, and access to a variety of foods and libations.


About 1,000 people turned out last year for the event, and more are expected for the 2019 version. No worries about missing South Carolina vs. App State or Clemson vs. NC State football games. There’ll be plenty of TVs broadcasting all the action. 


To get prepped for the event, enjoy these little “pearls” about oysters:


•Oysters are rich in vitamins A, C, D and B-12.

•Oyster farms improve the health of waterways as oysters eat algae, filtering out excess nutrients. In fact, oysters can filter 30 to 50 gallons of water a day.

•Oysters take on the shape of their beds, the surface on which they attach. 

•Oysters can change their gender. Typically, oysters begin as males, but change based on environmental, nutritional and physical stresses, or to procreate.

•Oyster reefs act as a natural barrier to storm waves and rising sea levels. 

•Oysters can live up to 20 years in captivity.

•Oyster shells can help your garden flourish. That’s right. Those empty oyster shells are chock-full of calcium, which can improve soil’s Ph balance.


Whether or not you love oysters, the Murrells Inlet Oyster Roast is a great event that benefits a good cause. Murrells Inlet 2020 promotes the conservation of our natural environment while fostering local community and commerce.


Book your stay at one of our North Litchfield Beach vacation rentals for a short (10 minute or so) drive to Murrells Inlet. Then get out the shucking knife and prepare to chow down.