The Market Shops Hosted 6th Annual Bloody Mary Festival
$30,000 raised for for Habitat for Humanity – Walton County, FL
The Market Shops in Miramar Beach hosted its 6th Annual Bloody Mary Festival on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021. The annual event, powered by Step One Automotive Group, raised $30,000 for Habitat for Humanity – Walton County, a record-breaking amount for the festival. The sold-out event welcomed more than 1,000 guests and featured tastes of the Emerald Coast’s most creative and inventive Bloody Marys made with Distillery 98’s local Dune Laker vodka served by 17 of the finest restaurants, bars, and catering companies in Northwest Florida.
Guests were greeted upon arrival with festive tomato-themed balloon décor, courtesy of Mingle, before entering the bustling courtyard and grand lawn, each full of restaurants, vendors, and merchants from The Market Shops. Event goers made their way around the tents sampling each Bloody Mary, complete with over-the-top accouterments, served in specialty cups provided by Compass Builders of Florida, Frill Seekers Gifts, and Visit South Walton.
Upon check-in, guests received a token in order to vote for the coveted People’s Choice Awards for the “Best Bloody Mary in South Walton.” At the end of the event, votes were counted by Hill Coleman, CPA and the following local restaurants were chosen as the winners:
1st Place People’s Choice Award – The Beach House
Combination of house-made mix, Worcestershire, salt, pepper, fresh lemon and lime juice, olive juice, hot sauce, and a spice rim. Garnished with fresh shrimp cocktail, a blue cheese stuffed olive, pickled green bean, and applewood smoked bacon.
2nd Place People’s Choice Award – Cannery Lane Cantina
Carlito’s Zesty Pao Pao Bloody Mary Mix made with 100 percent natural tomato juice, fresh horseradish, pickle juice, lime juice, and lemon juice.
3rd Place People’s Choice Award – Camille’s at Crystal Beach
Signature, classic house-made Bloody Mary garnished with the restaurant’s most popular menu items including a fried green tomato, Cubano, and peppadew pepper stuffed with espresso bacon jam and goat cheese.
A panel of select food critics and local celebrities also judged each Bloody Mary and selected the following winner as their most delicious and most creative:
Judge’s Choice Award – Signature Catering of 30A
Greek inspired Bloody Mary made using fresh, local arugula from Greenman’s Garden, fresh dill, Meyer lemon juice, and Texas extra virgin olive oil served with dry ice. The chemical reaction from the dry ice helped enhance and infuse the olive oil and fresh herbs into the Bloody Mary creating a palatable experience.
All awards were custom made by local artist, Maxine Orange.
The restaurants who competed for the title of Best Bloody Mary in South Walton, included Alys Beach, Bijoux Restaurant + Spirits, Bitterroot, Camille’s at Crystal Beach, Cannery Lane Cantina, Emeril’s Coastal, Jackacuda’s Seafood & Sushi, La Crema, Old Florida Fish House, Ovide, Signature Catering of 30A, Stinky’s Fish Camp, The Beach House, The Chef’s Table Catering Company, The Grove 30A, The Henderson Beach Resort and The Perfect Pig.
There was plenty of food to go around during the festival provided by various restaurants located directly within The Market Shops, including Ben & Jerrys, Clean Juice, Jon Smith Subs, Parlor Doughnuts, and Pizza by the Sea. Apart from the Bloody Marys, guests sipped on local craft brews served by Idyll Hounds Brewing Company and champagne from the Bubbly Bar, courtesy of Hey Mama Wines, Courtyard by Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard, Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard, and Residence Inn by Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard.
During the event, guests also enjoyed a hydration station by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, a commemorative photo booth by Epic Photo Co. courtesy of Legendary Marine, music by DJ Dad, a cigar bar by Shore Thing Cigars, and exclusive shopping opportunities from The Market Shops merchants including Mountain High Outfitters and Candy’s Village Boutique. Swell Pops also served a refreshing palette cleanser in between sips of Bloody Marys with their Strawberry Lemonade “Boozy Popsicles” which were infused with Distillery 98’s Dune Laker vodka.
Vacayzen and TSC Productions transformed the Grand Lawn into the ultimate tailgating experience with plenty of lounge seating and flat-screen TVs live streaming college football, sponsored by Insurance Zone. Headlining the event was a live performance from TKO and Uncle Duke, on the main stage sponsored by Carter and Company, CPA.