Bloody Mary Fest

Celebrating our 10th Anniversary!
July 28, 2019

Celebrate Highwood is proud to be celebrating the 10th anniversary of its renowned Bloody Mary Fest! This year will feature the BEST OF THE BEST, as contestants will be pre-judged to be a part of the competition for the title of ‘Best Bloody Mary in the Midwest’!

Mixologists from competing bars and restaurants will have the opportunity to share their one-of-a-kind recipes with the public while attempting to create the ultimate Bloody Mary. The competition includes a ‘People’s Choice Award,’ as well as formal judging on the ‘Best Bloody Mary’ and ‘Best Garnish’ by some of Chicago’s leading media personalities. 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 | 102 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 including: Lee A. Litas, Freelance Food and Features Writer for Chicago Tribune/Pioneer Press, Kemmie Ryan, Senior Special Projects Editor for JWC Media, Sheridan Road, North Shore Weekend and Daily North Shore, Andrew Nicks, President at 22nd Century Media, Marjie Killeen, Editor in Chief of NS Modern Luxury, Jason Pirock, from Eat, Drink and Bloody Mary, and Mark Czubak, restaurant/bar industry veteran and now with Glunz Wines. 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
Previous Winners

Bloody Mary Competitors

Vendors marked ** are Previous Winners

28 Mile Vodka Company28 Mile Bloody Mary's; grilled Kosher beef salami w/ choice of bbq sauce & spicy brown mustard
210 Live
Light bites, 210 Live merchandise; Sangria & Bloody Mary's
La Casa de IsaacTacos, quesadilla, chips, salsa, guacomole, tamales, margaritas, beer, Bloody Mary's and more!
Elsie Mae's Cannery & Pies
Elsie's Original Bloody Mary's, Bunny Mary's, Hot Lips Habanero Bloody Mary's, Tomatillo Bloody Mary's; Bloody Mary mixes (Original, Bunny, Hot Lips, Tomatillo), fruit alcohol shake-ups, mini pies, pot pies, quiche, jams
GreenwoodBloody Maria's & Bloody Mary's
The Humble PubSweet, savory and spicy Wisconsin style Bloody Mary w/ beer back; a selection of frozen cocktails
Lucky Fish & Mean WienerFried shrimp, fries, assorted beverages; Bloody Mary's
Maevery Public House
The Bloody Maevery (our "famous" house Bloody Mary with garnish)
Scotty's on Sheridan
Bloody Mary's, sangrias, Rose & Pinot Grigio wine, Texas mules
The Toadstool Pub
"Highwood-famous" Bloody Mary's, grapefrult growlers, lemon loopers and a variety of mixed drinks
Valor & Culinary Gangster Food Truck
Bloody Mary's, watermelon lemonade, various craft cocktails, popcorn cauliflower, quinoa, burgers and more!
Washington GardensA full service bar featuring fan-favorite market bartenders Bobby & Moe. The menu includes the ever-popular "Moe-Tais", gazpacho Bloody Mary's, wine and more!

Cocktail Vendors

Vendors marked ** are Previous Winners

Gourmet Frog BakeryMojitos, screwdrivers, Bloody Mary's; quiches, tamales, tarts
Jimmy Luv's Bloody Mary MixJimmy Luv's Bloody Mary Mix Bloody Mary's in 16 & 9 oz. sizes
Miss Mary's Bloody Mary Mix
Bloody Mary's featuring Miss Mary's Bloody Mary Mix in two flavors, Original and Bold & Spicy
Popcorn Jester, Juice JesterSpiked electric lemonade shake-ups, non-alcoholic lemonade shake-ups, popcorn

Food and Beverage Vendors

Best Truckin' BBQ Food TruckA variety of barbecue sandwiches including brisket, chicken and pork; burgers; sides include fries, hush puppies, slaw, cheese curds and more!
Eden's Garden Food TruckSalads, wraps, quinoa, vegan burgers, mahi sandwiches; watermelon vodka lemonade, sweet tea vodka lemonade; many gluten free vege/vegan options; local organic farm-to-truck
Longitude315Churrascos, South American pulled pork over rice and beans and empanadas
Magic Circle CrepesSweet & savory crepes, soda, bottled water
Señor CornCorn on the cob roasted with toppings; packets of Cheetos & Takis; flavored water & soda
Taquizas El PoblanitoTacos: beef, pork, chicken, chorizo, fish; cemitas with beef or pork; enchiladas green salsa or mole with choice of protein; soda, bottled water
Toasty Cheese Food TruckGourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. Also served up from scratch gourmet fries, soups, and vegetarian and gluten-free selections.

Artisan Vendors

Amy's Upcycled Candles100% soy candles made from liquor bottles
Buddha Heart Shop & Tranquillo ChiBuddha Heart Shop: Handmade metaphysical jewelry, tie dyes, hair & festival accessories, dog accessories, organic herbal body products, hemp/CBD products, gems, crystals, minerals, healing tools, dream catchers, stickers, photography, artwork, wind chimes, upcycled clothing;
Tranquillo Chi: Healing arts of vibrational sound therapy, Lemurian quartz crystal chakra cleansing lights w/ binaural beats, Reiki & Thai bodywork
Clear CandleAll-natural, refillable illuminating candle art
The Copper DragonflyJewelry made from copper, semi-precious gemstones and silicone; copper dust magnets, rain chains and suncatchers
Foot Path TradingHandmade purses, crocheted hemp hats, silver jewelry, jackets, ladies clothing, tapestries and more
ScentsyCandle warmers, candle melts, diffuser warmer and candle accesorries
The Sheet LadySheet sets in a variety of colors and bamboo pillows
Superhero For Hire, Artist CustomsCustom t-shirts and custom artwork
Up In Smoke CreationsSmoked mixed nuts, peanuts, cashews, almonds, pecans, pistachios, Macadamia nuts
Wanderlust Sea SaltInfused nordic flake sea salt including garlic, lemon, onion and pickle flavors; olive oil

2019 Bands

12pm - 3pmFront Burner
3:30pm- 5pmThe Shelter Dogs Band

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