There’s nothing quite like an oyster roast. They usually involve some sort of open fire, friends, beer, and some poundage of bi-valves. Understand that it’s like camping – there will be dirt, mud, smoke, and danger from the elements. This is a great opportunity to put all those outdoor-esque clothing choices to use.
I love a good oyster roast. It’s rare that I come home dry, clean, hungry, or sober. I’m not talking about the festivals put on by party planners, I’m talking about a pit fire in some random field/farm where 4WD is required. That’s where stories are made… Here’s how I do it:
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1. Pesca Muerta Camo Hat: While I’m not a huge fan of the casual camo movement, I always approve of a camo hat. An oyster roast may be the perfect place for a badass hat like this. Careful – she may steal it before the end of the night.
2. Ball and Buck Upland Jacket 2.0: Given the season, you never know when the skies will open up. Be prepared with a waxed cotton field coat, with deep pockets.
3. Louisiana Hot Sauce: There’s always room for hot sauce, especially when oysters are around. Come with some high-test sauce to keep it spicy.
4. Oyster Glove: Hopefully you know how to open oysters without putting your hand in too much danger, but after a few beers, it’s a good idea to have protection. You’ll want to leave with all your digits.
5. Williams Knife Co. Edisto Oyster Knife: For anybody that frequents oyster festivals, or likes to get into the briney goodness at home, a good oyster knife will never be a bad investment. Charleston’s own Williams Knife Co. has cornered the market. These knives are as good as it gets.
6. Orvis Luxury Flannel Shirt: Flannel done right is a thing of beauty. The days of the old ‘woodsman’, thick flannel are over. Get a soft, light flannel and treat it like an OCBD (wash, hang dry, light iron – NO starch) and it’ll become your favorite shirt for any day under 60 degrees.
7. Ray Ban Outdoorsman II Sunglasses: Cooler than Maverick.
8. Mountain Khakis Teton Twill Pants: Good, tough outdoor khakis that work with boots. The mud flaps in the back are just right for trudging around the field. Get some stains? Zout ’em out.
9. Colonel Littleton #5 Cinch Belt in American Alligator: That high end belt you got for your birthday needs to be let out to run. How about a cinch belt in alligator leather from the fine folks at Col. Littleton? They’ll tell stories about that belt…
10. 8″ Bean Boots: There isn’t a better time to bring out the heavy artillery. These 8″ are just right for hammering through puddles or losing a dare to jump over a creek. Extra points for the darker leather ‘heritage’ look.
11. Cotton Bandana: Something will need wiping. Guaranteed.
12. Ridiculous Koozie: While the choice old school koozies are found at Goodwill, Bass Pro, Orvis, and a few other spots are doing the Lord’s work.
13. A CASE OF DELICIOUS BEER: Think fraternity party-style here. The more the merrier. There will be plenty of people that’ll show up with humongous Yetis. There will be room for your stash.