So let me start this post with full transparency Yumcrumbs, I’ve never been a fan of Bloody Mary’s. That whole tomato and vodka thing never really made sense, nor has it ever been appealing to me. I’m more of a brown liquor or mimosa chick, but I digress. I recently attended the Bloody Mary Festival in New Orleans, and can honestly say my life has been forever changed. If I may make only one suggestion – Don’t sleep on Bloody Mary’s from the N.O. Not only has your girl found a new favorite brunch cocktail, I might still be drunk!
Bloody Mary’s are loved and adored in New Orleans. Understandably so, seeing as how they are one of the most popular brunch cocktails in the country. Although I’m not a huge fan of them, I have bought my fare share during brunch outings. I’ve presented this beloved cocktail multiple opportunities to please my palate, and it’s failed miserably each time! It’s funny because as much as I don’t really prefer the taste, I think they are one of the prettiest cocktails when prepared correctly. With the current bar trends of bejeweled toppers and beverage accouterments, it’s like getting a meal in a glass!
I never truly believed that I would be served a bloody Mary that I couldn’t stop sipping. That it until I tried a myriad of different Bloody Mary Variations at the festival.
#ThaPlace 📍 – The Howlin Wolf New Orleans
The Howlin’ Wolf has a long history as one of New Orleans’ finest locally owned and operated venues. Named after the legendary bluesman Chester Burnett, New Orleans was introduced to the Howlin’ Wolf in 1988, when it opened up in Fat City. After outgrowing its’ space in a cotton warehouse, the venue relocated to what was previously the New Orleans Music Hall, in the Warehouse District.
The current location’s exterior is a mural masterpiece created by renowned artist Michalopoulos. The Mural is a recreation of New Orleans neighborhood scenes that tell the story of the undeniable music history, from its’ Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, to a second line with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Not to be out done by the building’s exterior the interior is every bit as dynamic. The bar is as unique as you will find anywhere, made from hand carved mahogany; it was taken from Al Capone’s hotel The Lexington during demolition in the 80’s. The detail on this piece is extraordinary, down to the Fleur De Lis that adorn its’ face. In another nod to preserve New Orleans history, the black theatre curtains that line the inner walls were salvaged from the Orpheum Theatre prior to being gutted. The Classic shotgun houses that flank the stage are a perfect contribution to the continuing theme of the city of New Orleans.
Over the years, The Howlin’ Wolf has had everyone from Harry Connick Jr. to Arturo Sandoval, Jimmy Buffet, Dr. John. St Paul & The Broken Bones, Snarky Puppy, Dean Ween, The Foo Fighters, Matt & Kim, BareNaked Ladies, Allison Krauss, and Citizen Cope are just a few of the many musical luminaries that have graced our stage.
Because Bloody Mary’s are an acquired taste, I feel like a whole adult when drinking them. It’s like I am getting my veggies in for the day, and what’s more adult that vegetables?
Here is a list of all the participants from the bloody Mark fest . Check out my Instagram highlights under travel tab to get a more in-depth look.