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San Francisco 2nd Annual Bloody Mary Festival

San Francisco 2nd Annual Bloody Mary Festival

Picture of Emily Boleware
Updated: 11 December 2015
On Sunday, September 20, 2015, the Bloody Mary Liberation Party hosted the second annual San Francisco Bloody Mary Festival at SOMArts Cultural Center. The powerful concentration of spices and peppers created an intoxicating scent that wafted down the block, greeting guests before they even reached the doors.

SOMArts Cultural Center, Bloody Mary Festival | © Emily Boleware
SOMArts Cultural Center, Bloody Mary Festival | © Emily Boleware

The event featured 12 Bay Area bars and restaurants that competed for for the ‘People’s Choice’ award for ‘The Best Bloody Mary’ in the Bay. Attendees enjoyed music by DJ Mancub and food samples by Cypress Grove Chevre, as well as food for purchase at El Tonayense Food Truck. The SOMArts Cultural Center main gallery was also open, where visitors could peruseThe San Francisco Foundation & SOMArts’ Annual Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition while sipping on one of the many delectable drinks..

Exhibition in the Main Gallery, Courtesy of The SOMArts Cultural Center
Exhibition in the Main Gallery, Courtesy of The SOMArts Cultural Center

Participants strolled through the booths, watched cocktail demonstrations, browsed the gallery, and lounged in the patio area during the three hours allotted for unlimited bloody mary tastings.

The People’s Choice Award, which was decided by ballot (attendees were each given a token and instructed to vote for their favorite recipe) was awarded to Finnegan’s Wake, a neighborhood bar in Cole Valley. Runners up were 1760 on Polk Street and Picán San Francisco in Oakland.

Chop Bar's Bacon Bloody Mary | © Emily Boleware
Chop Bar’s Bacon Bloody Mary | © Emily Boleware

Judges also voted, deeming Mission Bowling Club the makers of The Best Bloody Mary. Judges also voted that Cliff House and Finnegan’s Wake tied for The Best Traditional Bloody Mary.

DJ Mancub | © Emily Boleware
DJ Mancub | © Emily Boleware

The Bloody Mary Liberation Party has hosted this event in cities nationwide, including Brooklyn, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia.

Demonstration, preparation | © Emily Boleware
Demonstration, preparation | © Emily Boleware