Oyster Roast - Know Before You Go!
Good afternoon and thank you for supporting the Georgia Conservancy’s 2019 Oyster Roast!
We look forward to seeing you this Saturday at the fabulous Grove Point Plantation - generously donated by Great Dane Trailers. Thank you to Tim and Heather Filgate from Grove Point for their tireless work supporting this event and working with the Georgia Conservancy to host the best Oyster Roast ever! Thank you to Charlie Phillips from Sapelo Sea Farms, SweetWater Brewing Company and Dwight and Erica Davis from Erica Russo Davis Catering - they make the Oyster Roast happen! A huge thank you to our Natural Partners, Oyster Roast Sponsors and Host Committee (listed below), as well as our many dedicated event volunteers -- without your support there would be no Oyster Roast!
The Oyster Roast 411
Address: Grove Point Plantation, 2298 Grove Point Rd., Savannah, GA 31419
Time: 3 PM - 6 PM (VIP early access registration begins at 2:15 PM)
Attire: Casual, comfortable, coastal attire
Parking: Please consider using a ride share or carpooling to The Oyster Roast. Parking is very limited and we do not encourage driving after drinking. After turning onto Grove Point Road, you will drive approximately 2.5 miles to a white gate at which point the paved road will turn to gravel. Be on the look out for volunteers and staff assisting with parking. With over 400 guests, you may have to walk a short distance before you get to registration. If you have someone in your party who needs assistance, please let us know when you arrive, and we will accommodate them.
What to expect: The best way to know what to expect at the Oyster Roast? Check out our photos from our 2018 Oyster Roast!
Getting in: VIP/Sponsor registration starts at 2:15 PM. After 3 PM, we will have two lines for VIS and General Admission guests. There will be a Georgia Conservancy members-only registration line for faster entry. Please bring your ticket on your smart phone, tablet or printed out on paper. Can’t find your ticket? Don’t worry, we will be able to look up your purchase using your last name. Volunteers, please skip the registration line to sign-in at the volunteer table.
We will be checking IDs at the door. Guests ages 21 and up will get a wristband for beer when they check-in, along with a Georgia Conservancy cup. Each guest receives one cup. Please resuse!Only patrons with a wristband will be able to get a beer. Only patrons with a VIP wrist band will be able to access the VIP tent. We will give each guest a ticket for a pulled pork BBQ sandwich or veggie burger.
VIP/Sponsor Guests: The VIP/Sponsor tent opens at 2:30 p.m., there you find Emerald Hare wine, an American Spirit Whiskey signature Oyster Roast cocktail, SweetWater Brewing Company canned beer, a Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese cheese table, honey from Savannah Bee, a delicious low-country boil from Erica Russo Davis Low Country Catering, and more! Remember, limited quantities!
What to bring: Be sure to bring sunscreen, camping or beach chairs, quilts, yard games (lawn darts prohibited), a cooler (outside food or beverages permitted, we’re cool like that), oyster knife (we’re providing them, but it’s always nice to have your own), an identification card (if you’re drinking), a rain jacket, and anything else you might enjoy on a low-country (almost) spring afternoon!
Food: When you arrive at the event, you will see long tables set up with gloves, oyster knives and hot sauce from our friends at Midland Ghost. Over the course of the event our oyster steaming volunteers, supporting the great work of Erica Russo Davis Low Country Catering, will be shuttling oysters from the steamer to the table and helping to keep the tables clean. The oysters being served are some of the best in the world - delivered straight to Grove Point by Charlie Phillips from Sapelo Sea Farms Seafood. Please note that each “oyster” is usually a clump of three or four oysters - so look twice after you shuck once. Why do our oysters clump? Georgia’s tide fluctuation is one of the largest on the east coast and our oysters cling together to keep from being washed away … so you can eat them. Mixed-in with the Oysters will be a selection of Charlie Philips’s famous clams grown on the back side of Sapelo Island. Watch this video of Charlie’s incredible clam operation.
Non-oyster food: In addition to oysters, Erica Russo Davis Low Country Catering will be serving their delicious BBQ and veggie burgers. Remember, one ticket will get you either option.
Beer: SweetWater Brewing Company will be serving up their 420 Extra Pale Ale, G13 IPA, Peach Love & Happiness, Goin' Coastal IPA, and SweetWater Blue. SweetWater beer is all you can enjoy … however, intoxicated guests will not be served. We’ll not be serving wine or hard drinks for general admission guests. Beer can only be poured into our official Georgia Conservancy cups - and each guest only gets one cup, please reuse!
Non-alcoholic beverages: We’ll have coolers of Coca-Cola brand soft drinks and will also have coolers of water at the SweetWater trailer for you to enjoy.
Marsh Life: Saturday’s weather report is a high of 76 with a chance of rain … the favorite weather for no-see-ums. We will have all-natural insect repellant from All-Terrain on hand.
Merchandise: We will have Georgia Conservancy t-shirts, Oyster Roast shirts, water bottles, Cumberland Island Trail Maps and more for sale!
Music: We’re fortunate to be treated to an afternoon of music from Savannah's Velvet Caravan!
Just A Little Extra: Author Andre Gallant will discuss his book "A High Low Tide" at The Book Lady Bookstore Table, where it will also be for sale. John “Crawfish” Crawford, lead naturalist at UGA Marine Extension & Georgia Sea Grant, will have live specimens and educational displays that highlight the incredible biodiversity of the Georgia coast. A dance floor (for dancing!) has been generously provided by The Studio Savannah.
Kids and Dogs: The Oyster Roast is a kid friendly event. Kids under 14 are welcome at the Oyster Roast for free. Dogs are welcome if they are nice pups, on a leash, with good owners who clean up after them. We reserve the right to ask dog owners with aggressive dogs (or who can’t keep their dog on a leash) to leave the Oyster Roast.
Run of show:
2:15 p.m. - VIP Check-In Begins
3:00 p.m. - General Admission Check-In begins
4:15 p.m. - Oyster service and beer pouring stops and we will host a brief program
5:30 p.m. - Last call
6:00 p.m. - Oyster Roast is over!
6:30 p.m. - Grove Point is closed and all non-authorized guests will be asked to head home.
THANK YOU GEORGIA CONSERVANCY NATURAL PARTNERS
THANK YOU OYSTER ROAST SPONSORS
OYSTER ROAST CHAIRS AND HOST COMMITTEE
Leslie Mattingly, Dr. Mark Berry, Amanda Brown Olmstead, Steve Green, Holden Hayes, Randal Morris, Robert Morris, Russ Pennington, and Anita Timmons