Everything You Need to Know About the Rochester Bloody Mary Fest

Past Bloody Mary Fest / Photo x Mike Shriver

By now, you’ve surely heard of the Rochester Bloody Mary Fest, but you might still be wondering what it’s all about. How does it work? What’s included in my ticket? Can anybody possibly drink that many Bloody Marys in one day? Here is everything you need to know to be fully ready and mentally prepared for all that this day has to offer. If you already have your ticket, this will get you real excited. If you haven’t, then this should be all the enticing you could possibly need.



Where it all began…

Let’s just say that the Step Out Buffalo team has a weakness for a good Bloody Mary, and we know we’re not alone. So, we brought a friendly competition featuring the beloved brunch drink to Buffalo — and Buffalonians loved it. The event sold out and competition was fierce. So we brought it back the following year and it was somehow even better than the first. Well, turns out, this was totally unfair to our neighbors over in Rochester. We heard the requests, and now we’re delivering by bringing this kickass event to Rochester on October 15, 217!


Past Bloody Mary Fest / Photo x Mike Shriver

Past Bloody Mary Fest / Photo x Mike Shriver

Past Bloody Mary Fest / Photo x Mike Shriver

Past Bloody Mary Fest / Photo x Mike Shriver



The people and visitors of Rochester, NY need your vote to decide who in Rochester can dream up the best Bloody Marys in Rochester. Oh, you have to work that day/ Have prior commitments? SKIP IT! You have an obligation that needs your imminent attention. Once you arrive at Rochester’s Main Street Armory, you’ll stop by the check in desk before beginning your difficult, yet super fun and yummy task as a Bloody Mary judge. Tasting tickets in hand, you’ll sample ten brilliantly crafted Bloody Marys from each of the participating bars, including Bitter Honey, Black Button Distilling, Blu Wolf Bistro, The Cub Room, Hogans Hideaway, The Honeoye Boat House Grille, LLC, Nosh, ORBS Restaurant and Bar, The Revelry, and ROAM Cafe. Every Bloody Mary will have just one thing in common: award-winning vodka from the local WNY Tommyrotter Distillery. Once you’ve tasted them all, you will place your vote for each Bloody award: “Rochester’s Best Bloody Mary,” “Best Garnished Bloody Mary,” and “Most Creative Bloody Mary.” Like we said, this is a tough job.


Bloody Mary’s are the ultimate brunch drink, so it’s only natural that we’re serving up some of brunch’s most tempting foods too. If you need to refresh your palate or curb your sweet tooth cravings, head over to Duke’s Donuts or Something Delicious Bake Shop. Plus, Joe Bean Coffee Roasters will be there to save the day and re-energize you at any point during the event. If those don’t do the trick for ya, the Main Street Armory and a cash bar will have additional food and drinks for purchase.

Past Bloody Mary Fest / Photo x Mike Shriver

Past Bloody Mary Fest / Photo x Mike Shriver

Past Bloody Mary Fest / Photo x Mike Shriver

Just in case you do start to feel a bit too full to consume anything else, don’t give up! Your task is super important here! Just take a break, enjoy music from DJ Christian Martinez, do a lil’ jig, stop by the photo booth for insta-worthy photo ops, compete in a few games, and check out some samples and offerings from local vendors.  

We couldn’t put on such an awesome event without our friends and sponsors, including Tommyrotter Distillery, Black Bird Design, Crazy Dog T-Shirts, Orangetheory Fitness, Flower City Balloons, Eatliveroc, The Rochesteriat, Sip and Savour Roc, Sir Rocha Says, and Yelp Rochester, so send out some love to these wonderful sponsors and partners!

If you haven’t purchased your ticket yet, stop procrastinating — when else will you have the chance to sample 10 different, geniusly crafted Bloody Mary’s while surrounded by like-minded bloody lovers, local bars and restaurants, and entertainment?! General admission tickets are still available for $35 and will include admission to the event and one Bloody Mary taste from each participating bar. VIP tickets are also available for $60 and will include admission to the event, one Bloody Mary taste from each participating bar, a special VIP entry, exclusive access to the VIP lounge with private seating, a private cash bar, and a VIP-only food buffet. Head to eventbrite.com to get your tickets now before they sell out!


The Rochester Bloody Mary Fest:

Date & Time: Sunday October 15, 2017 / 1-4pm

Place: Rochester Main Street Armory, 900 East Main Street, Rochester, NY 14605

Tickets: $35 General Admission/ $60 VIP

Hosted by: StepOutBuffalo.com

Get Tickets: eventbrite.com


About Step Out Buffalo

The Rochester Bloody Mary Fest Presented by Compeer is hosted by Step Out Buffalo. StepOutBuffalo.com is a local website based in Western New York with the latest and greatest happenings in the area. We’re a popular and ever-growing resource for people all over the region, and now we’re bringing great events that encourage and support businesses in our community to the Queen City! To learn more about who we are and what we do check out stepoutbuffalo.com.

To learn more about how you can partner with us visit stepoutbuffalobusiness.com.

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