Cora Bett Thomas Realty Beaufort Raises Money and Has Fun at The Port Royal Soft Shell Crab Festival.
For many in the Lowcountry, softshell crab is both a delicacy and a delight. The flavorful crustacean, is especially delicious when it is molting and its shell is, well, soft. But, the time period during which the crabs molt is very short. Fans of this tasty treat have to act quickly to enjoy it while they can. Every year, Port Royal, South Carolina celebrates the joy of soft shell crab with The Port Royal Soft Shell Crab Festival. Port Royal is a small community adjacent to Beaufort.
The Old Village Association of Port Royal closes down Paris Avenue to vehicle traffic for the festival. Port Royal is easily accessible from Beaufort and Hilton Head Island. Parking for the festival is fuss-free and simple. There are side streets with parking available as well as designated lots. There is no fee for the festival itself and you can just walk onto Paris Avenue and enjoy the fun. While there are plenty of tents and shade trees around the festival area, it ended up being a good idea to slather on some sunscreen and stay hydrated.
The Port Royal Soft Shell Crab Festival also featured a car show, hosted by the Beaufort Classic Car and Truck Club. This show was located at the front of the festival. Festival attendees are encouraged to stop, stare, take photographs, and chat with the owners of these magnificent vehicles. Besides the car show, there was also a craft fair and flea market within the festival.
Local businesses from the Port Royal and Beaufort area were also on hand with wares and free items such as hand fans and koozies. Other local vendors were also there selling handmade jewelry, home decor items, and clothing.
Our very own Cora Bett Thomas Realty and Associates Beaufort office team operated a booth located near the bandstand handing out red CBT balloons. The team members were also giving away free bottles of ice cold water. The location at the end of the long, front half of the street fair — where beverage vendors were sparse — could not have been more perfect. After a fairly long, sunny and hot walk the water was welcome gift to many visitors. The team also had a jar set up for donations to benefit the Palmetto Animal League and Maranatha Farms. Both of these organizations are local animal rescues that provide a great service to our local community.
Perhaps most importantly, there was no shortage of delicious food at the Port Royal Soft Shell Crab Festival. Local restaurants, seafood purveyors, and food trucks are all serving up delicious preparations of soft shell crab. Fried softshell crab baskets from restaurants such as the Low Country Connection and fried softshell crab sandwiches were by far the most popular options, especially with an added side of fresh coleslaw. For those who may not be a fan of seafood, there are plenty of other food choices, including fried chicken, kettle corn, funnel cakes and ice cream. Port Royal favorite Carolina Cuppitycakes are selling their fabulous cupcakes, and will even offer suggestions for flavor pairings with the beer and wine. Thanks ladies! Festivalgoers enjoyed a variety of domestic and imported beer selections, as well as wine. Those looking for non-alcoholic beverages had plenty to choose from, including fresh-fruit beverages and “hand-squished” lemonade and sno-cones.
Wandering about Paris Avenue it was a pleasure to take in The Port Royal Soft Shell Crab Festival and explore the heart of Port Royal. It’s easy to see why so many have choose to visit this Lowcountry haven. It’s even easier to see why so many have chosen to call this part of the Lowcountry home.