Whether you cringe at the thought of drinking tomato juice, or you can’t picture a celery stick without this staple red punch, one must agree that the Bloody Mary is pretty synonymous with Brunch in America.
Thanks to New Orleans for concocting this creation, the Bloody Mary has blown up as a go-to beverage for a boozy brunch. And because food is as innovative today as the Internet, restauranteurs and chefs can’t stop at a classic BM. The concoctions and creations have far exceeded what most people would even consider a beverage.
To celebrate the beloved Bloody Mary, the Bloody Mary Libation Party hosted the annual Bloody Mary Festival on Sunday April 10th at Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn. Ten restaurants came out to showcase their very own versions of a Blood Mary, and fight it out for title of Best Traditional Bloody Mary, Best Original Bloody Mary and People’s Choice.
The largest event of its type, The Bloody Mary Festival is a celebration of the most beloved brunch cocktail. The Festival brings together the most innovative and crafty bloody mary mixes, curated by a team of Bloody Mary aficionados and made by local bars and restaurants.
This year’s contenders in the friendly competition were Travel Bar, Lucky Luna (Winner Best Bloody Mary 2014), Catfish, 706 (Best Bloody Mary 2015), Iron Station, Hunter’s, Talde Bklyn, Skylark, Esme, Syndicated Theater, and the Bloody Mary Liberation Party. The event was sponsored by BleuStorm Vodka (official vodka sponsor for the BM making), Barefoot Wine & Bubbly (official wine sponsor), The Morningstar Company, and Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company, which served fresh juice samples – perfect for making a mimosa as a break from all the saltiness.
The event also featured a Bagel Bar (for carb loading before the vodka intake) and samples from various food and beverage vendors, in addition to lunch options from Tres Carnes and Better Half Catering.
The winner of People’s Choice for Best Bloody Mary (this close contest went back and forth between these two all afternoon) was Iron Station, with runner up Catfish. For the Judge’s Picks, Best Original Bloody Mary went to Lucky Luna (Runner up: Iron Station) and Best Traditional Bloody Mary was to Syndicated Theater (Runner up: Travel Bar).
On a sunny Sunday in Brooklyn, The Bloody Mary Festival offered nearly 1,000 guests the perfect spin on brunch and the ultimate cure to Saturday night.
The Bloody Mary Festival has an upcoming events in Washington D.C. on May 7 for any Bloody Mary aficionados in the Capital. More info about the Bloody Mary Festival can be found here: www.thebloodymaryfest.com/events