Slurp, slurp.


Austin‘s eighth annual Oyster Festival is set for noon to 6 p.m. Feb. 29 at Republic Square Park.


The festival will serve different Gulf and East Coast oysters prepared in a variety of ways — grilled, roasted, fried, on the half shell and in gumbo.


The event will feature live performances from local bands and raffles, and proceeds from the event will benefit Central Texas Food Bank.


Volunteers from Texas A&M Corpus Christi‘s shell-recycling program, Sink Your Shucks, will be present to collect any oyster shells and return them to local waters.


Tickets, $60-$115, are on sale at austinoysterfestival.com.


According to the festival website, general admission tickets are $60 and will include entrance fee and live entertainment. VIP admission tickets are $115 and will include private bathroom access, VIP oyster tastings by local chefs, craft bar, and automatic entry into a choice of the prize raffles.