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Ocala Food & Wine Festival
November 3-5, 2023 | *21+ Event*

Fri. Nov 3, 2023 at 12:00am – Sun. Nov 5, 2023 at 1:00pm EST

The third annual Ocala Food & Wine Festival presented by Lugano Diamonds returns to World Equestrian Center November 3-5. The 2023 event is a celebrity-chef-led celebration featuring three days of culinary competition, beer, wine and spirits education and samples of extraordinary cuisine.

The 2023 Ocala Food & Wine Festival is a 21+ event. Event proceeds benefit the Public Education Foundation of Marion County ProStart Program.

2023 Featured Talent:
o Chef Lorena Garcia
o Chef Timothy Hollingsworth
o Pitmaster Rashad Jones
o Pastry Chef Yohann Le Bescond
o Master Sommelier and Beverage Director Roland Micu


Friday, November 3
6pm-9pm | Barbecue, Bourbon & Blues
Join us under the stars on the Grand Plaza for a welcome event featuring local Ocala barbecue and live-fire cuisine, bourbon tastings and blues music with the Honey Hounds.

Saturday, November 4
11am-3pm | Taste of Ocala
Gather in Exposition Center 1 for the grand tasting featuring celebrity-chef-led demonstrations, included educational classes with masters of the industry, and samples of cuisine, wine, beer and spirits. The Junior Chef Mystery Basket competition will return on the main stage! Breakout Classes and cooking demonstrations available throughout the day.

7pm | Celebrity Chef Dinner
Indulge in an exquisite, multicourse dinner from a team of celebrity chefs. Each course is artfully prepared and thoughtfully paired by a different culinary master or industry expert. Learn from the celebrity chefs as they present each course and serve you on the elegant outdoor terrace at Stirrups Restaurant.

Sunday, November 5
10am-1pm | Jazz Brunch
Raise a glass to the end of the weekend with this elegant Champagne brunch on The Equestrian Hotel terrace featuring live jazz music.

Tickets for the full weekend are exclusively available in weekend packages. Single event tickets are available for just the Saturday Taste of Ocala.

To purchase, click the dropdown to choose the desired package level. Then click “Get Tickets” and add your selection to your cart.

Pre-Sale | Special Prices Available Through September 4, 2023
Spend the whole weekend with us! Select the package level you would like for the 2023 Ocala Food & Wine Festival. Package prices increase after September 4, 2023. Limited availability. Additional taxes after September 4; fees may apply.

o Five-Star Experience | $495 regular price (early bird pricing sold out)

Friday: Barbecue, Bourbon & Blues
Saturday: Taste of Ocala Main Event and Educational Classes, Exclusive Lugano Rosé Garden Lounge Pre-Dinner Cocktail Hour, and Multicourse Celebrity Chef Dinner
Sunday: Champagne Jazz Brunch

o Four-Star Experience | $295 early bird rate (limited number available), $345 regular price

Friday: Barbecue, Bourbon & Blues
Saturday: Taste of Ocala Main Event and Educational Classes
Sunday: Champagne Jazz Brunch

o Taste of Ocala | $95 (earlybird pricing not available)

Saturday Only: Taste of Ocala Main Event and Educational Classes

Impacting Our Community
Event proceeds from the Ocala Food & Wine Festival will benefit the Public Education Foundation ProStart Program, a local charitable foundation whose programs support youth development in the culinary and hospitality industries in Marion County and beyond.

Please Note:
o EVENT IS 21+
o No refund will be given within 48 hours of the event, unless the event is canceled by World Equestrian Center – Ocala due to inclement weather
o Tickets are limited; early bird pricing based on availability through September 4
o Sales tax waived for Freedom Sales Tax Summer Holiday in Florida through September 4. Fees may apply. Sales tax applied beginning September 5, 2023.
o Please refer to www.ocalafoodandwinefest.com/ for additional event information, including bios for talent and full event schedule