Twin Cities Bloody Mary Festival 2021

I was contacted by the Twin Cities Bloody Mary Festival, a nationwide traveling event, to photograph their upcoming event in Saint Paul, Minnesota early October 2021 at Union Depot. There were vendors from all around the Twin Cities and nearby Minnesota suburbs sharing samples of their best Bloody Mary recipes for event attendees to taste and vote on their favorites. Other vendors included a station where they were making fresh hand rolled cigars and the Minnesota made Grey Duck Vodka. It was a fun afternoon of tasting the different drink and food cocktails that had variations of mild to spicy, topped with all variations of different garnishes, one having a small slider BBQ brisket sandwich on top a popular station overall!

Saint Paul Union Depot festival event, garnished sample drinks lined up in a row in small plastic cups using gourmet restaurant quality toothpicks to hold food garnish.

A row of some of the top contenders in the bloody mary favorites contest.

Event crowd at Saint Paul's Union Depot October 2021. Beverage event sponsoring drinks, spirits, and cocktails.

Bloody Mary Festival on a Saturday afternoon at the Union Depot in St. Paul, Minnesota.

At the Twin Cities Bloody Mary Festival event goers pose with the Kitty Wasted sign for selfies, Saint Paul Union Depot Station October 2021.

Event attendees taking selfies with a cartoon face poster.

Three bloody Mary samples lined up on a window sill for natural light, topped with different garnishes of green olives, cheeses, pickles, green beans and wasabi.

Bloody Mary cocktail samples lined up on a window sill for some natural light at the Saint Paul, Minnesota Union Depot. Variations included one with green beans and wasabi!

Vertical image of a bloody Mary sample topped with a pulled pork slider and beer chaser side during the Twin Cities Bloody Mary festival October 2021.

The highlight of the days events was the brisket slider Bloody Mary with beer chaser. The line to this booth was long the whole time I was there!

Festival October 2021 at the Union Depot Saint Paul, Minnesota. A vendor demonstrates cigar rolling, Editorial Food Photographers

One of the events vendors hand rolled custom cigars for attendees.


I am a Chicago based food and beverage photographer with almost two decades of experience. I started out my career as a photojournalist and still love being able to photograph events in a storytelling documentary editorial style.

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