There are two upcoming PDX Bloody Mary events if you are a big Bloody Mary and Brunch fan that I would like to highlight. As a lover of bloody marys myself – they are healthy with fruit and vegetables! And a snack because of the garnish! – I’m thrilled with two Sundays in a row featuring bloody marys in Portland. Both events feature the ability to enjoy multiple brunch bites and sample different bloody mary concoctions which you will vote on which is best! I love events like these where you get to try a lot of little things at once.
Portland Monthly Country Brunch
I have previously recapped the Portland Monthly Country Brunch when I attended last year in 2015, the year before in 2014, and then in 2013. If you haven’t heard of this event before, it’s an annual event, now in it’s fifth year, that will benefit Zenger Farm. The event includes a punch card so that you can visit all the booths and taste a brunch sample dish from this year seven restaurants or food carts, as well as get a sample of each of the seven entrants for the Bloody Mary Smackdown where participants vie for the title of Best Bloody Mary from either the Judge’s Choice Award or People’s Choice Award.
This year the date of the fifth annual Portland Monthly Country Brunch is Sunday April 24, 2016 from 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM. The event takes place at Castaway Portland this year on and is sponsored by Portland Monthly Magazine as well as others.
The restaurants and food cart offering brunch bites include
Meanwhile, the seven competitors for the Bloody Mary Smackdown (I’m guessing the vodka used will be from Crater Lake Spirits since they are a sponsor) include
- Raven & Rose (2015’s Judges’ Choice Winner) won the Judge’s and People’s choice this year with their Full Bloody Irish
- Pizza Jerk offered a Pizza Mary
- Grain & Gristle Beet’n To A Bloody Pulp
- Besaw’s Maria En Verde
- Boke Bowl with the Boke Bloody Mary
- My Father’s Place and their Blood Sucker
- Woodsman Tavern and their Bottle Conditioned Bloody Mary
One of the reasons I enjoy this event is that they offer lots of seats and tables unlike many other food events where you left trying to balance your plate of food and beverage while standing. The lines for the food and drink in previous years under regular admission were generally maybe at the most 7-8 minutes I’m sure we can also expect some coffee thanks to another sponsor, Coava. , Last year a pushcart would come by offering bottomless Manmosas (beer +orange juice) and Crispin Cider is returning as a sponsor this year as well.
There is live music (this year provided by the June Bugs) to enjoy while dining, and there are always a few adults and many children who dance. Other extras for this year’s event seem to include “a breakfast-in-bed photo booth (possibly from sponsor Bedmart?) Recreation Dept’s über designed lawn games, baby livestock, and more”!
You can buy your tickets here. It is $50 for VIP admission that includes early admission and a swag bag and all food and drink, $45 VIP without bloody marys, $40 for regular admission that includes the brunch and bloody marys, $30 for the food only without bloody marys, and kids 5 and younger are free. Yes, it’s a family friendly event (to drink alcohol must be 21+ of course).
Kachka Bloody Mary Bloc Party
5 bartenders, 5 Bloody Marys, you vote for “Best Bloody Mary on Grand.” Bloody Mary Bloc Party is coming to Grand Ave. on May 1st! Join us and @bithousesaloon @osomarket @slowbarpdx @digaponypdx @bullinchinapdx Tickets are $30 for a passport to 5 drinks and 5 bites. Early birds to buy tix get a trucker hat! Full details in link in profile. #clinkdrinkeatrepeat #pdx #cocktails #brunch #horseradishvodka
Taking place on Sunday May 1, 2016 from 11 AM – 3 PM, the event includes brunch bites and housemade bloody marys from
Only Oso Market usually serves brunch, so this is a unique opportunity to see what the other 4 Grand Avenue bars will be offering.
The cost is $30 ticket (buy your tickets here) and is good for a shot of Kachka Horseradish Vodka when you first check in to get your passport in your souvenir shot class. Then the passport is good for one mini bloody mary and one brunch bite at each of the five location with a closing rally at Bit House Saloon from 2 – 3 PM for your vote (votes must be in by 2:30 PM) to hear the winner of the “Best Bloody Mary on Grand.” The first 75 people to purchase a ticket, like myself, also get a Kachka Trucker Hat. I can’t wait to model mine during the event.
Sounds pretty grand to me!
Early bird gets the trucker hat! We’re giving these to early purchasers of our Bloody Mary Bloc Party tickets and still have some left! This cocktail competition and brunch event is going down on May 1st. Details in link in profile. #PDX #vodka #clinkdrinkeatrepeat #bloodymary #brunch
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Do you enjoy bloody marys, and if so what is your favorite bloody mary joint in Portland? If bloody mary is not your brunch beverage of choice, what is?