The battle for best bloody mary is on with the Bloody Mary Liberation Party’s first-ever Bloody Mary Festival in San Francisco this weekend at Public Works.

The festival arrives at the Mission District venue on Saturday from 1pm to 4 pm with at least 12 recipes from bars throughout San Francisco. The winner of the bloody mary contest will be chosen by a panel of expert judges, including Shelley Buchanan, bloody mary enthusiast and founder of LA bloody mary blog Drunken Tomato; Marissa Stephens, mixologist and winner of “People’s Choice Awards” for the Brooklyn Bloody Mary Festival; and Dr. Brian King, comedian and founder of

Attendees can expect several variations of the classic cocktail, often straying far from the typical spicy tomato-based drink topped with garnishes. A wide range of ingredients are likely to be be represented, including pepper jack cheese, chipotle, bourbon, and vodka bacon.

In an interview with Drunken Tomato, co-founder Evan Weiss explained why he chose San Francisco as the next stop along the Bloody Mary tour: “The amount of restaurants combined with the wide varieties of food is astonishing, and that’s coming from someone that lives in NYC. Second, people in San Fran always seem to be looking for and doing really unique and fun things. There always seems to be new experiences to be had in San Francisco. Third, there are so many creative people here.”

Evan and Yunna Weiss first introduced the Bloody Mary Festival in Brooklyn, which turned out to be a huge success and sold out before the doors opened. Admission for the San Francisco event is $40 and includes unlimited tasting of bloody marys, local food samples and music. Each participant is also granted one vote in the “People’s Choice Award.”

Participants at the event:

Harvey’s (Castro)
Maven (Lower Haight)
Blackbird (Duboce Triangle)
Twenty Five Lusk (SOMA)
The Boardroom (North Beach)
Blackbird (Duboce Triangle)
Finnegan’s Wake (Cole Valley)
Park Tavern (North Beach)
Cliff House (Sea Cliff)
St. Marys Pub (Bernal Heights)
Nicks Cove (Marshall, CA)
Five (Berkeley, CA)

[Photo Credit: Photo courtesy of Shutterstock / Jeff Wasserman]