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Charleston meals are a deal this week

Charleston - one of America's hottest culinary destinations - is hosting a weeklong celebration of its signature cuisine at special prices. Through Saturday, you can partake of $20 and $30 three-course menus at more than 70 area restaurants. Options range from locavore cuisine and sustainable seafood, to places that offer heirloom recipes and more.

Menus vary at every restaurant. Details: www .charlestonrestaurantweek .com .

Still hungry?

The Greater Charleston Restaurant Association will host the 28th annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 30 on the grounds of Boone Hall Plantation, in Mount Pleasant, S.C.

The festival is billed as "the world's largest oyster festival." Highlights include oyster-shucking and oyster-eating contests, domestic and imported beers, live music, a Kids Corner (with pony rides and jump castles) and a food court showcasing local restaurants.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 on Jan. 30; younger than 10 admitted free. No pets, no coolers and no tailgating. Guests are encouraged to carpool to Boone Hall Plantation.

Advance tickets/details: www.charlestonrestaurant association.com .

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