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Step Out Buffalo Announces Two Events for Early 2019: announced two events this week, the beloved Buffalo Bloody Mary Fest and a brand new boozy-venture, Cork Head Wine Festival.

This year will mark the fourth year local Bloody Mary lovers will have the chance to try 10 unique Bloody Marys from the area’s top bars and restaurants, and the first year that attendees will be able to try over 50 wines from around the world that have been curated by local wine experts and sommeliers.


The fourth annual Buffalo Bloody Mary Fest hosted by Step Out Buffalo featuring Tommyrotter Distillery is back…back again! Ten local bars and restaurants will come together under one roof on Sunday March 3, 2019 for a friendly competition to see who makes “Buffalo’s Best Bloody Mary”, “Best Garnished Bloody Mary” and “Most Creative Bloody Mary” – and attendees are the taste-tester who decide the winners.

For three years in a row the Buffalo Bloody Mary Fest has sold out in 1 week or less, so we kept everyone’s favorite parts the same. All Bloody Mary’s at the event will once again be made using award-winning vodka from Buffalo’s own Tommyrotter Distillery. In addition to tasting each bar’s unique Bloody Mary concoction, attendees are also invited to enjoy offerings from local vendors and Bloody Mary mix companies, a live DJ, onstage entertainment, a photo booth station, games, and food for purchase from RiverWorks as well as a cash bar with even more refreshments.

NEW THIS YEAR: There will be more vendors and Bloody Mary Mix Companies for you to sample and shop, plus onstage competitions and entertainment that *YOU* can get in on!

HOW THE EVENT WORKS: Each attendee will get a sheet of 10 tasting tickets to try Bloody Mary samples from each of the 10 different local bars. Attendees will then get to vote for which bars deserve the titles of “Buffalo’s Best Bloody Mary”, “Best Garnished Bloody Mary”, and “Most Creative Bloody Mary” at the official voting booth.


  • General Admission Tickets (GA): Include admission to the event from 1-4 and one Bloody Mary taste from each participating bar.
  • Early Admission Tickets (EA): Include one hour early entry to the event from 12-4 (to beat the crowds) and one Bloody Mary taste from each participating bar.
  • VIP Tickets: Include one hour early entry to the event from 12-4, one Bloody Mary taste from each participating bar, exclusive access to the VIP lounge with private bathrooms, a private cash bar, a VIP-only food buffet, and more.

DATE: Sunday, March 3 2019

TIME: GA 1-4pm, VIP and EA 12-4

LOCATION: Buffalo RiverWorks, 359 Ganson Street

GET TICKETS: Buffalo Bloody Mary Fest 2019 on Eventbrite


On Saturday, February 16th, 2019 Step Out Buffalo presents a fun and approachable wine tasting experience – Cork Head Wine Festival.

The world of wine can be an intimidating place – but not at this fest. We love wine and we love learning. We’re passionate about trying new things and finding hidden gems – which is what this festival is all about. Whether you drink wine with every meal and travel the world trying new varietals and styles, or you enjoy the occasional wine tour and don’t even know what a varietal is, we’ve got a glass for you.

Highly Curated List of Wines: We’ve called on super knowledgeable, local wine experts from across WNY to pull together a curated collection of 50+ wines from around the world to ensure you’ll have a quality tasting experience. All you need to know is – we got you. Participating wineries will be announced soon – stay tuned!

Educational Tasting Seminars & Interactive Experiences: But like, fun ones with wine drinking involved. You know those super knowledgeable local experts from WNY’s best wine shops and bars we mentioned above? They’ll be in the house along with winery brand reps who know their stuff. Throughout Cork Head’s seminar schedule you’ll get to have a drink with experts who will teach you a thing or two – from practical tips to fascinating wine facts you never knew you wanted to know. The guests at your next party will thank you.

Official Wine & Food Pairing Bar: Who doesn’t love a pairing bar? At Cork Head you’ll get to visit this wine & food pairing station for an expertly paired wine and h’ordeuvre tasting included with admission.

Good Vibes: Need a palate cleanser? Some jams? Good eats? We got you. Enjoy a cash bar with additional libations, music, food for purchase, and more details yet to be announced.

Wine Drinking for a Cause: We’re thrilled to announce that a portion of all proceeds from Cork Head will be donated to P.A.T.H. (People Against Trafficking Humans) of WNY, an organization with a mission to end human exploitation through education, prevention and restoration.

Date: Saturday Feb 16, 2019 // Time: 5-8pm for General Admission, 4-8pm for VIP

Place: Hotel Lafayette, 391 Washington St, Buffalo, NY 14203


  • General Admission: $40 + taxes and fees (includes admission to the event from 5 – 8 pm and a tasting glass)
  • VIP: $60 + taxes and fees (includes 1 hour early admission to the event from 4 – 8 pm, and an upgraded tasting glass)

GET TICKETS: Cork Head Wine Festival 2019 on Eventbrite

Any bars interested in participating in the 2019 Buffalo Bloody Mary Fest can apply to participate as a competitor here:

Any wineries, distributors, wine shops, wine bars, restaurants, or businesses interested in getting involved or sponsoring the 2019 Cork Head Wine Festival can email us at

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