Bloody Mary Fest

July 28, 2019

Mixologists from near and far will shake up their special recipes and compete for the title of the Best Bloody Mary in the Midwest. Judged by a panel of “celebrity experts” and “the people,” contestants will be evaluated on a combination of categories ranging from taste, presentation, garnish and more! Attendees will have more than 15 different Bloody Mary vendors to choose from. Along with live music, there will also be a large assortment of food and specialty artisan vendors.

Sunday, July 28, 2019
Hours: 10am-5pm
Location: Everts Park | 130 Highwood Ave. Highwood, Illinois 60040

Free Admission
Ticket Purchase Required for Alcohol Sales (no refunds on ticket sales)
Rain or Shine Event
Kid & Pet Friendly
BYOC - "Bring Your Own Chair” and/or Blanket
No Outside Food or Beverages
No Smoking or Vaping
Parking Information

Volunteers Needed!
Volunteer to Sell Tickets

Meet the Judges

Formal judging on the ‘Best Bloody Mary’ and ‘Best Garnish’ by some of Chicago’s leading media personalities and food and beverage experts. Last year’s judges included: Lee A. Litas, Freelance Food and Features Writer for Chicago Tribune/Pioneer Press, Sherry Thomas, Group Media Editor of JWC Media, Sheridan Road, North Shore Weekend and Daily North Shore, Andrew Nicks, President at 22nd Century Media, Susan Noyes, founder of the Make It Better Foundation, Monica Pedersen, HGTVtelevision host and interior designer, and Eric Falberg, Highwood Alderman and founder of Bloody Mary Fest. Contestants are evaluated on taste, presentation, spice, color, texture and garnish.

Vote People’s Choice Award

With the purchase of tickets to buy cocktails, each attendee receives 1 blue ticket to vote for your favorite Bloody Mary. After you sample a variety of our competitors's Bloody Mary’s, don’t forget to cast your vote for the People’s Choice award. The ballot boxes for each competitor are located in front of the judging stage. We’re on the honor system here folks, so please…one vote per festival attendee! Thank you to our ballot sponsor Highland Park Bank & Trust and Bank of Highwood-Fort Sheridan.

What's Happening at Bloody Mary Fest

Bloody Mary Competitors
Cocktail Vendors
Food & Beverage Vendors
Artisan Vendors

Bloody Mary Competitors

VendorProduct2017 Awards2018 Awards

Cocktail Vendors


Food and Beverage Vendors


Artisan Vendors


2018 Bands


Tim Gleason & Rachel Irene of the Tim Gleason Band perform “Bloody Mary Morning”.
Video provided by Coffee Cup Productions.