Bloody Mary Fest

July 29, 2018

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.

And the winners of the 9th Annual Bloody Mary Fest are...

Judges Choice Bloody Mary
1st Place:Valor & Culinary Gangster Food Truck of Glencoe
2nd Place:The Toadstool Pub of Highwood
3rd PlaceElsie Mae’s Canning & Pies of Kenosha WI
People’s Choice Bloody Mary
1st Place:The Toadstool Pub of Highwood
2nd Place:210 Live of Highwood
3rd PlaceMiss Mary’s Bloody Mary Mix of Port Washington, Wisconsin
Best Garnish:Scotty’s on Sheridan of Highwood
Most Creative:Elsie Mae’s Canning & Pies of Kenosha, WI

Meet the Judges

Formal judging on the ‘Best Bloody Mary’ and ‘Best Garnish’ by some of Chicago’s leading media personalities, including: 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.

Sunday, July 29
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
Parking Information

Volunteers Needed!
Volunteer to Sell Tickets Here

FastPass Sales

Price: $25

Avoid long lines and purchase the Guaranteed Rate FastPass, a wristband with 10 pull tabs. Accepted at all cocktail vendors, the FastPass allows you to jump the line and collect 1 drink per tab. The price of the FastPass does not include the price of the drink. Purchase your Guaranteed Rate FastPass at any ticket booth on-site or pre-purchase at the link below. There is a limited supply. When they’re gone...they’re gone!

*FastPass pick-up at ticket booth on festival day.

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
210 Live210 "special" Bloody Mary's2nd Place Winner for People's Choice!
La Casa de IsaacTacos, quesadilla, chips, salsa, guacomole, tamales, margaritas, beer, Bloody Mary's and more!Winner for Most Creative!
Elsie Mae's Cannery & PiesElsie's Original Bloody Mary's, Bunny Mary's, Hot Lips Habanero Bloody Mary's; Bloody Mary mixes (Original, Bunny, Hot Lips), lemonade, lemonade concentrate, mini pies, jams2018 Taco Fest Winner for Best Unique Taco for make-your-own dessert tacos!Winner for Most Creative & 3rd Place Winner for Judge's Choice!
Gourmet Frog BakeryQuiches, tarts, cakes, tamales, Bloody Mary’s, mojitos, screwdrivers
The Humble Pub"Humble" Bloody Mary's, full service bar including frozen drinks, vodka, whiskey, rum and gin
Maevery Public HouseBloody Maevery's2nd Place Winner for Judge's Choice, 2nd Place Winner for People's Choice, 2nd Place Winner for Best Garnish and 3rd Place Winner for Most Creative!
Mean Wiener & Lucky FishFried shrimp, fries, hot dogs, wings, churros, Bloody Mary's and assorted cocktails
Mickey Finn'sBloody Mary's served w/ 4 oz. chaser of one of Mickey Finn's handcrafted beers
Miss Mary's Bloody Mary MixBloody Mary's featuring Miss Mary's Bloody Mary Mix in two flavors, Original and Bold & Spicy3rd Place Winner for People's Choice!
Pavilion Restaurant & LoungePavilion signature Bloody Mary & Bloody Maria's, champagne, mimosa, screwdrivers
The Ram Restaurant & BrewerySmall Mary's, Proud Mary's
Santi's GardensBloody Mary's, margaritas, corn on the cob
Scotty's on SheridanBloody Mary's, sangrias, Rose & Pinot Grigio wine, Texas mulesWinner for Best Garnish and Winner for Judge's Choice, 3rd Place Winner for People's Choice!Winner for Best Garnish for 2nd year in a row!
Superb GrillBrisket, rib tips, grilled hot wings, jerk chicken, fries
The Toadstool Pub"Highwood-famous" Bloody Mary's, grapefrult growlers, lemon loopers and a variety of mixed drinksWinner for People's Choice for 6 years in a row, 3rd Place Winner for Judge's Choice, 3rd Place Winner for Best Garnish, 2nd Place Winner for Most Creative!Winner for People's Choice for 7th year in a row & 2nd Place Winner for Judge's Choice!
Valor & Culinary Gangster Food TruckBloody Mary's, watermelon lemonade, various craft cocktails, popcorn cauliflower, quinoa, burgersWinner for Judge's Choice!
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!
The Wooden NickelBloody Mary's, naughty Annie's, basil lemonade, peach tea, margaritas, wine, shots!

Cocktail Vendors

Jimmy Luv EnterprisesJimmy Luv's Bloody Mary Mix Bloody Mary's in 16 & 9 oz. sizes
Longitude315Chef Tony’s secret recipe Bloody Mary made from green tomatoes and and his award winning chimichurri sauce!!; South American pulled pork with rice and beans, churrascos with steak and chicken, pastor & steak tacos, grilled flat bread quesadillas
Pepper PalaceBloody Mary's featuring Pepper Palace Bloody Mary mix; A one stop shop for hot sauce, BBQ sauce, salsa, pickled items, jellies and jams, beef jerky, and more!
Popcorn Jester, Juice JesterSpiked electric lemonade shake-ups, non-alcoholic lemonade shake-ups, popcorn
SuckerPunch GourmetSuckerPunch Gourmet Bloody Mary’s. Also craft premium pickles, Bloody Mary mix and salsas. The Bloody Mary mix is all natural, vegan and Non-GMO Project verified. Only seven simple ingredients, including a puree of our Spicy Garlic Original pickles creates a bold, fresh taste that is sure to knock you out... in a good way!

Food and Beverage Vendors

BBQ BaronTexas style low & smoked brisket, smoked pulled chicken, butcher's hot links, Mexican style creamed corn and classic Memphis style cole slaw
Crazy DogsHot dogs, Italian sausage, Polish dogs, specialty sausages
Jerk Taco ManJerk tacos: chicken, steak, fish, shrimp, veggie; nachos, burritos, jerk Italian, salads, pork tips
Longitude315South American pulled pork with rice and beans, churrascos with steak and chicken, pastor & steak tacos, grilled flat bread quesadillas
La Plancha LocaA variety of tacos: steak, chicken, al pastor, beef, tongue, chorizo. 2017 Winner for Most Authentic Taco for Taco Al Pastor!2018 Taco Fest Winner for Best Authentic Taco!, 2017 Taco Fest Winner for Best Authentic Taco,
Magic Circle CrepesSweet & savory crepes, soda, bottled water
Slyce Coal Fired Pizza Co.A selection of seasonal features
Toasty Cheese Food TruckGourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. Also served up from scratch gourmet French fries, soups, and vegetarian and gluten-free selections.
Taquizas El PoblanitoTacos: beef, pork, chicken, chorizo, fish; cemitas with beef or pork, soda, bottled water

Artisan Vendors

Amy's Upcycled Candles100% soy candles made from liquor bottles
Anna's Glamor Nails/Color StreetNail polish strips
Buddha Heart ShopHandmade jewelry, photography, stickers, crystals, tie dyes, photography prints, herbal body care products, wind chimes, dream catchers, candles, hair and other accessories
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
Highwood RentalCotton candy, popcorn, snow cones, pizza, lemonade, soda, water, chips
The Sheet LadySheet sets in a variety of colors
Smita CreationHenna tattoos
Superhero For Hire, Artist CustomsCustom t-shirts and custom artwork
Wanderlust Sea SaltInfused nordic flake sea salt including garlic, lemon, onion and pickle flavors; olive oil; try our special "Wooden Nickel Bloody Mary Salt"!
Wine Shop at HomeLearn how to host your own wine tastings or pursue a career in wine

2018 Bands

10:30 am - 1:30 pmJennifer Fletcher and the Reckoning
2:00 pm - 5:00 pmTim Gleason Band

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