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Annual Bloody Mary contest set for April 22 at Seacrets

By Kara Hallissey | Apr 12, 2018
Gretchen Reichart, left, and Kelly Coughlin represent Bourbon Street on the Beach during the 11thannual Best Bloody Mary Contest last year at Seacrets on 49th Street. The 2018 contest will take place April 22 at Seacrets.

(April 13, 2018) Attendees will taste and then vote for the “Best Bloody Mary” during the 12th annual contest, next Sunday, April 22, inside Morley Hall at Seacrets on 49th Street.

“It is the place to be if you love Bloody Mary’s,” said JJ Roth, Ocean 98’s promotions and program director. “Whoever gets the most votes from people at Morley Hall will win. It is one of the biggest social parties of the year and you don’t want to miss out.”

Ocean 98 WOCM Irie Radio is sponsoring the popular competition which kicks off at noon and will feature up to 25 of the best Bloody Mary’s created by bars and restaurants until 3 p.m.

Attendees must be 21 or older. It will cost $20 to sip, sample, judge and decide who has the best Bloody Mary.

Seacrets’ Spirits Vodka is the official base for the Bloody Mary concoctions.

Cocktails will be voted in three categories: Best Overall Bloody Mary, Spiciest Bloody Mary and Best Presentation. The winners will take home trophies.

Local band Side Project will provide live entertainment during the competition with Ocean 98.1’s own DJ Magellan playing music in between sets.

As of Wednesday morning, 19 of the 25 slots were filled, Roth said.

Last year, more than 600 people came out and voted the Crabcake Factory “Best Bloody Mary” of 2017.

The Crabcake Factory and last year’s best presentation winner, Starboard, will have a variety of local competition this year including the host, Seacrets, Fager’s Island, Bad Monkey, DRY 85, Touch of Italy, Bourbon Street on the Beach, the Bayside Skillet, Ocean 13 and Lighthouse Sound.

In addition, Pickles Pub will be back to defend its “Spiciest Bloody Mary” title.

Delaware favorites Bethany Blues, the Salted Rim, 99 Sea Level, Bluecoast, Nicola Pizza and Fork and Flask are slated to compete as well.

In the last couple of years, the competition has grown to encompass businesses on the East Coast such as Washington D.C.’s Buffalo & Bergen in 2018.

“All contestants will be using the same vodka [made by] Seacrets Distilling Company,” Roth said. “We recommend getting there early.”

The $20 collected at the door goes to the Ocean 98 Cash for College Fund, which provides $1,000 each to three high school seniors in Worcester and Wicomico counties in Maryland, and Sussex County, Delaware. The winners will be announced in June, Roth said.

The radio station has received more than 100 applicants and today, Friday, is the deadline to apply at www.irieradio.com/cash-for-college-fund-form.

The event will take place at Seacrets on 49th Street where attendees can sample up to 25 Bloody Mary’s from 12-3 p.m. for $20, next Sunday, April 22.

Visit seacrets.com/event/ocean-98s-12th-annual-best-bloody-mary-contest for more information.

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