Ocean City Today

‘Best Bloody Mary’ title up for grabs; contest this Sun.

By Kara Hallissey | Apr 20, 2017
Bourbon Street on the Beach

(April 21, 2017) It’s that time of year again to name the “Best Bloody Mary” in town.

The contest will take place on Sunday, April 23, held for the second consecutive year inside Seacrets’ Morley Hall on 49th Street, from 12-3 p.m.

Ocean 98 WOCM Irie Radio is sponsoring the 11th annual contest which kicks off at noon and will feature 25 of the best Bloody Mary’s bar and restaurant employees can create.

Attendees must be 21 or older. The cost is $20 to sip, sample, judge and ultimately decide who has the best Bloody Mary in Ocean City.

“It is a great experience,” said Josh Norwood, “DJ Wood,” Ocean 98’s promotions director. “Come hang out, have a good time and choose the best Bloody Mary. It is one of the biggest fundraisers for the Cash for College Fund. You are supporting the local community and students.”

Ocean 98.1’s DJ Magellan will provide musical entertainment during the competition.

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

“The event has grown so much and Seacrets Distilling Company provides the vodka so it’s easier having the event here for distributing purposes,” Norwood said.

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

As of Monday afternoon, 21 of the 25 slots were filled, Norwood said.

Last year, more than 800 people attended the popular contest and voted Fish Tales’ “Crabby Mary” the top honor of “Best Bloody Mary” for the seventh consecutive year.

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, Pickles Pub, Hooked, the Big Easy on 60, Beach Barrels, the Crabcake Factory, Touch of Italy and Bourbon Street on the Beach.

“We are stepping outside of the Eastern Shore this year with Karen’s Cabana competing out of Smithfield, Rhode Island,” Norwood said. “The catering company has their own bar service and looked up Bloody Mary contests on Google and found us.”

Matteo’s Salsa Loco will be back to defend its “Spiciest Bloody Mary” title, in addition to other Delaware establishments including Hammerheads, Papa Grande’s, Bethany Blues, 99 Sea Level and Catch 54.

Look forward to Maryland favorites such as Lighthouse Sound, Bloody Awesome and Roadie Joe’s Bar and Grill, as well.

In addition, there will be a 50/50 raffle with proceeds benefiting the scholarship fund.

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

The winners will be announced in June, Norwood said. The radio station has received close to 100 college fund applicants this year.

Visit www.ocean98.com/best-bloody-mary for more information.

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