Towering heaps of still warm, steamed, fresh salt oysters, along with piles of really tasty, tender roast beef sandwiches, plump, golden fried oyster fritters and pans of crispy fried chicken vied for ‘star’ billing at the Annual Bishopville Fire Department Bull and Oyster Roast last evening. First one, then another, more of this and then some of that, seemed to be on everyone’s agenda. While we’ve been to ‘Roasts’ elsewhere nothing in our experience has matched the good spirit of last night’s event. Strangers became friends, whether sharing a shucking knife or a trip to the sandwich line or offering napkins when an oyster shell went astray or butter dip dripped! Of course there was the ubiquitous beverage (aka beer) line – very near the ‘raw oyster’ bar – can’t have one without the other! The condiment table offered assorted dressings and sauces, including some excellent, fresh ground horseradish. The folks who manned this event kept the tables clear of empty shells and filled with another heap of steaming oysters are to be commended (I say ‘manned’ because toting the heavy baskets and boxes of these sea critters is not for the weak!) Outside, busy Fire Department fellows in jackets (the evening was cool) watched over the huge steam pots. It was all sooo good. Upon readying to leave, our new BFF’s (best friends forever) at the table lamented our departure and made us promise to meet again next year – table three, nearest the brown pole – will you join us!
For updated information on activities and events visit the Bishopville Volunteer Fire Department website.
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