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. 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
Previous Winners

Bloody Mary Competitors

La Casa de IsaacTacos, quesadilla, chips, salsa, guacomole, tamales, margaritas, beer, Bloody Mary's and more!
Valor & Culinary Gangster Food TruckBloody Mary's, watermelon lemonade, various craft cocktails, popcorn cauliflower, quinoa, burgers
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

Miss Mary's Bloody Mary MixBloody Mary's featuring Miss Mary's Bloody Mary Mix in two flavors, Original and Bold & Spicy

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!
Toasty Cheese Food TruckGourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. Also served up from scratch gourmet fries, soups, and vegetarian and gluten-free selections.

Artisan Vendors

ScentsyCandle warmers, candle melts, diffuser warmer and candle accesorries

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.