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 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.