Disclaimer: I received two free tickets for myself and a guest to attend the Tampa Bay Bloody Mary Festival through the Tampa Bay Bloggers. All opinions are my own.
This past Sunday I was lucky enough to attend the Tampa Bay Bloody Mary Festival thanks to Big City Events and the Tampa Bay Bloggers. As expected, it was bloody mary heaven.
It was a beautiful day in Tampa. A tad hot, but beautiful none the less. As soon as we arrived it seemed like a fun scene. There was live music, cornhole and of course lot’s of bloody Mary’s!
All of my favorite Tampa restaurants were there: Datz, Roux, Boca, Epicurean, Irish 31, Carmel, Ferg’s, SONO, Paddywagon and Acropolis. Each restaurant was striving for the coveted “Best Bloody Mary” and gave out a free sample of their blood’s.
With a general admission ticket you got one free full sized drink so we thought it was best to get our full sized drink to sip on as we waited in the lines for the samples. For the full sized bloody Mary’s the event used Tito’s and Zing Zang mix. I love Tito’s but these blood’s weren’t the best. It was a good starter, but nothing compared to the samples we were about to taste.
(I got a bit overzealous and got two so I wouldn’t have to wait in line again!)
Each restaurant had it’s own booth therefore each had it’s own line. The event was set up fairly well and the lines went pretty fast.
First on our list was Epicurean. A few friends we were with said it was their favorite so far.
Garnished with an amazing piece of pastrami cured salmon. It was good, but too spicy for my taste.
Next was Datz.
Oh ya…one thing that really set many of these blood’s apart were their garnishes. The more the better! This was a sweet pepper stuffed with smoked pastrami, bacon and a green bean. Also an olive stuffed with a pickle. And that thing little pretzel on the end? Yes, folks, that is a COMBO. Insert childhood nostalgia.
Datz used a bacon infused bloody mary mix, which tasted fantastic and made this bloody my favorite of the day.
Next was Roux who served their blood’s with hush puppies. Yum!
I really liked this bloody mary as well. It had a slow heat and the Cajun seasoning around the rim was perfection.
Believe it or not these were the only three I ended up trying. I love my bloody’s, but was getting bloodied out!
Thankfully there was also tons and tons of FOOD. In the form of food trucks no less.
I spotted the Bacon Boss food truck right when we walked in so I just had to get something from them.
Grilled cheese with bacon, tomato and ranch. De-lish. Seriously tasted like the grilled cheese of my childhood.
I’m so glad to have attended the Tampa Bay Bloody Mary Festival…here’s to next year!
Did you attend the Tampa Bay Bloody Mary Festival? If so, who had your favorite bloody mary?