On Saturday, Oct. 22, The Market Shops will hold its 7th Annual Bloody Mary Festival benefiting Habitat for Humanity – Walton County. Over the past six years, the annual event has raised more than $80,000 for local charities.
The annual event, powered by Step One Automotive Group, will feature unlimited tastes of South Walton’s most creative and innovative bloody marys, made with Distillery 98’s Dune Laker Vodka, and served by the finest restaurants and bars on the Emerald Coast.
For a $60 donation to attend, guests are invited from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. to enjoy as many as 20 of South Walton’s most coveted bloody marys served in specialty cups provided by Compass Builders of Florida. Restaurants confirmed to compete for the 2022 title of “Best Bloody Mary in South Walton” include Auston’s on 98, The Beach House, Camille’s at Crystal Beach, Cannery Lane Cantina, Chanticleer Eatery, Chiringo, Harry T’s, The Henderson, Louis Louis, Ovide, Red Bar, The Ruby Slipper Café, Signature Catering of 30A, Sunset Bay Café and SunQuest Cruises. A panel of select food critics and local celebrities will judge each bloody mary to select the winners for the most delicious and most creative. New this year, each bloody mary will be scored on its creative toppings for the “Best Bloody Accoutrement” award. There will also be a highly coveted first-, second-, and third-place People’s Choice Award, selected by each guest in attendance, with votes tallied by Hill Coleman, CPA.
Apart from the bloody marys, there will also be plenty of food from the various restaurants located directly in The Market Shops.
For the non-bloody mary aficionado, there will be local craft brews served by Idyll Hounds Brewing Company along with champagne. Guests will be able to cool off at the hydration station. A lounge area with additional seating and cornhole games will be set up on the main lawn, along with SEC football streaming on the big screen.
While sipping bloody marys, guests can enjoy an interactive Epic Photo Co. photo booth, music by DJ Dad, and a cigar bar. Headlining the event will be a live performance from the Luke Langford Band on the main stage. Parking will be available at The Market Shops on the day of the festival but when full, is available at The Beach House located in Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort and a complimentary shuttle will travel to and from the festival from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Tickets are on sale through 850Tix for the pre-sale price of $60 or can be purchased the day of the event at the door for $75. To learn more about The Market Shops Bloody Mary Festival and to buy tickets, visit www.themarketshops.com. To volunteer for Habitat for Humanity on the day of the event, email email@example.com.