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Monday, May 29, 2017
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Bloody Mary Festival bringing brunch to Tampa park

The inaugural Tampa Bay Bloody Mary Festival will celebrate the “most beloved” of brunch beverages (sorry, mimosa) in Curtis Hixon Park on May 3.

A group of Tampa area restaurants, including Sono Cafe, Datz, Roux, Boca, Carmel Kitchen and others will compete for the “golden celery” award for the best version of the tomato juice-based cocktail as voted on by attendees.

The festival features live music, brunch foods for purchase from Twisted Iron, Bacon Boss, Dude & His Food, Rollin Zoinks, and Taco Bus, and a variety of bloody mary’s all made with liquor from festival sponsor Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

General admission to the fest, which runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., is $32, which includes unlimited bloody mary samples. Full-size bloody marys, mimosas and beer will be available for purchase. A $75 VIP pass includes unlimited food and full-size drinks.

The festival will be part of the inaugural Riverfest, which includes the Mayor’s Mac & Cheese Throwdown and other weekend of events happening along the downtown riverfront.

The new Bloody Mary Festival joins several other annual cocktail and spirits-themed festivals to debut in Tampa in recent years, including the Tampa Bay Margarita Festival, the Summer of Rum Festival and Bourbon & Brew Fest.

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