The Market Shops Sixth Annual Bloody Mary Festival Oct 23
August 9, 2021 by SoWal Staff
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 $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 by some of the Emerald Coast's finest restaurants and bars. 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.
“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.”
Apart from the bloody marys, there will also be plenty of food from the various restaurants located directly in The Market Shops, including Ben & Jerrys, Bijoux Restaurants + Spirits, and Jon Smith Subs. There will also be local craft brews served by Idyll Hounds Brewing Company along with champagne at the Bubbly Bar. Guests will be able to cool off with alcohol-infused popsicles provided by Swell Pops and a 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 a commemorative photo booth, music by DJ Dad, a cigar bar, and exclusive shopping opportunities from The Market Shops merchants. Headlining the event will be a live performance from Dread Clampitt on the main stage.
Parking will be available at The Market Shops on the day of the festival but is expected to fill up fast. There will be additional parking 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.
For guests traveling from out of town, there will be special room rates available through the festival’s official lodging sponsors including the Courtyard by Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard, The Residence Inn by Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard, and The Hyatt Place Sandestin. Visit www.themarketshops.com for more details coming soon.
Tickets are currently 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. To learn more about The Market Shops Bloody Mary Festival and to buy tickets, visit www.themarketshops.com. If you would like to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity on the day of the event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over the past five years, the annual event has raised over $50,000 for local charities. Money raised during the sixth annual event will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Walton County, a local nonprofit housing organization that works toward building and improving homes in partnership with individuals and families in need of a decent and affordable place to live.
“We are so grateful to be named as the beneficiary for The Market Shops Annual Bloody Mary Festival once again” said Teresa Imdieke, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Walton County. “The proceeds raised from the festival each year help us operate on a day-to-day basis and build homes for those who need it most in our community. We are dedicated to achieving our mission to provide everyone in Walton County with a safe and stable place to live.”
Special thanks to additional sponsors including 30A, 30AEats, 30A Television, 850 Magazine, Amber Yonker Photography, Coast 93.3, Destin Life, Destin Log, Dog Harmony Life, Emerald Coast Magazine, Good Grit Magazine, Gulf Coast Restaurants, Hesh Studios, The Local, Maxine Orange, Mingle, Mountain High Outfitters, Northwest Florida Daily News, Proffitt PR, Scarlett Magazine, SoWal Life, SoWal.com, Tallahassee Magazine, VIP 30A Magazine, VIP Destin Magazine, VIP Pensacola Magazine, Visit South Walton, The Walton Sun, and Z96.
About The Market Shops
Located at the entrance of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, The Market Shops is an upscale, neighborhood-style shopping, dining and entertainment center. The Market Shops is the Emerald Coast’s premier location for local and unique retailers, specialty boutiques and an array of eateries from casual to fine dining. For more information, visit www.themarketshops.com or find The Market Shops on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About Habitat for Humanity - Walton County
Habitat for Humanity - Walton County partners with people in the community to help them build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. With your support, Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and for their families.