The Market Shops at Sandestin will host its 8th Annual Bloody Mary Festival on Saturday, October 14th, 2023, with proceeds benefiting Habitat for Humanity – Walton County.
The popular annual event, powered by Step One Automotive Group, will feature unlimited tastings of the area’s most creative bloody mary cocktails, made with Dune Laker Vodka from Distillery 98.
Over 20 local restaurants and bars will compete to make the best bloody mary, with judges awarding first, second and third place prizes.
Restaurants confirmed to participate include:
- Auston’s on 98
- The Beach House
- Big Bad Breakfast
- Brotula’s Seafood House and Steamer
- Camille’s at Crystal Beach
- Chanticleer Eatery
- Chef’s Bistro 30A
- Faber/Slick Mick’s
- The Henderson
- Louis Louis
- Marina Café
- Outcast Bar and Grill
- The Red Bar
- Ruby Slipper Café
- Signature Catering of 30A
- and more
Each bloody mary will be scored on taste as well as creative garnishes and toppings. Local food vendors like Ben & Jerry’s, Chicago Hot Dogs, and Maple Street Biscuit Company will also be on site.
The festival will take place from 11am to 2pm at The Market Shops. Tickets are $60 presale or $75 at the door. Guests must be 21 or older to attend. In addition to the bloody mary tasting, there will be local craft beer from Idyll Hounds Brewing Company, a photo booth, live music from 80s rock band Catalyst, and more.
Over the past 7 years, the event has raised over $120,000 for local charities. This year’s fundraising will support Habitat for Humanity – Walton County’s mission to build affordable housing for families in need.
“We’re proud to host the 8th annual festival and help a great cause like Habitat for Humanity,” said Bob Duncan, managing partner of The Market Shops.
The family-friendly shopping center will provide parking, but space is limited. A free shuttle service will run from nearby lodging at Courtyard Marriott, Residence Inn, and Hyatt Place.
“We are grateful for The Market Shops’ continued support in helping us make a permanent impact in our local community,” said Teresa Jones, executive director of Habitat for Humanity – Walton County. “This funding will help us accomplish a record year by building six houses for deserving families!”