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Make bottomless brunch last all day at New York City’s Bloody Mary festival

Booze aficionados can get their ‘hair of the dog’ fix in Brooklyn this weekend.

Bloody Mary festival in Brooklyn this weekend.
Bloody Mary festival in Brooklyn this weekend. Image by Castle Hill Photography

The Bloody Mary festival, a touring meetup for lovers of the tomato juice-based cocktail, is sure to liven up weekend brunch activities when it comes to Park Slope banquet hall the Grand Prospect Hall this Sunday.

Fancy a Bloody Mary?
Fancy a Bloody Mary? Image by Castle Hill Photography

After crowning victorious libations in a whole host of US cities including San Francisco, Denver and New Orleans, event organisers are returning to Brooklyn for the fourth annual festival, which seeks to find the borough’s quintessential brunch beverage.

Bloody Marys all round in Brooklyn.
Bloody Marys all round in Brooklyn. Image by Castle Hill Photography

As guests enjoy music provided by jazz band Sabot & The Afro-Latineers, they will indulge in a three-hour tasting test as bartenders from Gowanus, Crown Heights, Cobble Hill and Park Slope battle it out. Much loved watering holes and drinking institutions including Iron Station, Catfish, Insa and Lobster Joint will be sending forward their entries to not only a thirsty crowd, but three professional judges too.

Bloody Mary festival this weekend in Brooklyn.
Bloody Mary festival this weekend in Brooklyn. Image by Castle Hill Photography

Bear in mind that this isn’t your regular recipe list of tomato juice, lemon, celery and vodka. These variations will incorporate random additions involving everything from maple syrup and beef jerky to seaweed, garlic and jalapenos.

To line the stomach and provide some much needed soakage, Brooklyn’s most popular eateries will have popup stands offering brunch favorites like bagels, burgers and bacon. A Sunday Funday, indeed.

 
 
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