By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Jan 10, 2023 at 1:02 PM

Put your bloody mary drinking pants on.

The Great Lakes Hemophilia Foundation has announced that it will be hosting its 11th annual Milwaukee’s Best Bloody contest on Feb. 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St.

Tickets are on sale now for the event, which offers attendees 21+ the chance to vote for their favorite  bloody marys while supporting the life-saving work of the GLHF.

During this year’s competition, bartenders from some of the area’s best bars and restaurants will show off their chops by preparing their signature bloody marys while guests enjoy beer chasers, appetizers and the opportunity to vote for their favorite bloody.

Proceeds from the event support Great Lakes Hemophilia Foundation in their mission to educate, support and advocate for the Wisconsin bleeding disorders community. That means support of initiatives including sending kids to Camp Klotty Pine each summer, educating families of the newly diagnosed and providing emergency assistance to pay medical bills, insurance premiums, and basic living funds.

Get your tickets

A variety of tickets are available for purchase online, including VIP tickets for $85, which include early admission at 10:30 am, unlimited Bloody sampling, appetizers and reserved seating in the VIP area and Early Bird general admission tickets for $40 (through Feb. 1), which include unlimited Bloody sampling and appetizers. Discounts are available for ticket packs (4 to 8 tickets).

All tickets, including VIP and 6-Packs, include samples of every participating bar and restaurant, as well as appetizers. Designated Driver tickets are also available and include non-alcoholic Bloody Mary samples. 

Visit GLHF on Facebook and Instagram for updates leading up to the event.

Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.