Proceeds to benefit Habitat for Humanity – Walton County
Special to 30A Food and Wine
Aug. 11, 2021
MIRAMAR BEACH – The Market Shops will host its sixth annual Bloody Mary Festival on Saturday, Oct. 23, benefiting Habitat for Humanity – Walton County. The annual event, powered by Step One Automotive Group, will feature unlimited tastes of innovative bloody Marys, made with Distillery 98’s Dune Laker Vodka and served by Emerald Coast restaurants and bars.
For a $40 donation to attend, guests are invited from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to enjoy up to 25 of South Walton’s most coveted bloody Marys served in specialty cups provided by Compass Builders of Florida and Frillseekers Gifts. Restaurants confirmed to compete for the 2021 Best Bloody Mary in South Walton include Bijoux Restaurant + Spirits, Emeril’s Coastal Italian, The Henderson, Jackacudas, Signature Catering of 30A, Stinky’s Fish Camp and many more. 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. There will also be a highly coveted first-, second-, and third-place People’s Choice Award that is selected by each guest in attendance whose votes will be tallied by Hill Coleman, CPA.
“We are eager to welcome everyone back to the shopping center as we host the annual Bloody Mary Festival this October,” said Rob Duncan with The Market Shops. “After postponing last year’s festival due to COVID, I know this year’s event will be better and bigger than ever.”
There will also be food from Market Shops restaurants, including Ben & Jerrys, Bijoux Restaurants + Spirits, and Jon Smith Subs. For the non-bloody Mary aficionado, there will be local craft brews served by Idyll Hounds Brewing Company along with champagne, provided by Hey Mama Wines, from the Bubbly Bar sponsored by Courtyard by Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard, Residence Inn by Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard, and the Hyatt Place by Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard. Guests will be able to cool off with alcohol-infused popsicles provided by Swell Pops and a hydration station by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty. A lounge area with additional seating and cornhole games provided by Vacayzen will be set up on the main lawn, along with SEC football streaming on the big screen courtesy of Insurance Zone.
Guests can enjoy a photo booth courtesy of Legendary Marine, music by DJ Dad, and a cigar bar by Shore Thing Cigars. Dread Clampitt will perform on the main stage, brought to you by Carter & Company CPA, LLC.
Parking will be available at The Market Shops on the day of the festival but is expected to fill up fast. Additional parking will be available at The Beach House located in Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort and a complimentary shuttle, provided by Emerald Coast Luxury Transportation courtesy of Beachworx, 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 $40 or can be purchased the day of the event at the door for $60 at www.themarketshops.com. Volunteers should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Market Shops is located at 9375 Emerald Coast Parkway in Miramar Beach.