Get ready for an extraordinary weekend filled with tantalizing flavors, celebrity chefs, and the finest wines and spirits. The Ocala Food & Wine Festival presented by Lugano Diamonds is back for its third annual edition, taking place at World Equestrian Center – Ocala November 3-5, 2023. This exclusive 21+ event promises an unforgettable experience, while supporting a great cause—proceeds benefit the Public Education Foundation of Marion County ProStart Program and is generously supported by presenting sponsor, Lugano Diamonds and the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association.
Prepare your taste buds for an incredible lineup of culinary talent. Joining us this year are renowned celebrity chefs Lorena Garcia and Timothy Hollingsworth, and local legends Pitmaster Rashad Jones and Executive Pastry Chef Yohann Le Bescond. Also in the lineup of industry experts is WEC’s own Master Sommelier, Roland Micu. Throughout the weekend, these professionals will guide you through a series of tastings, including a wide range of cuisine, as well as beer, wine and spirits education sessions.
2023 Event Schedule
Friday, November 3 | Barbecue, Bourbon & Blues (6pm-9pm)
Under the stars on the Grand Plaza, we’ll kick off the weekend with a sensational welcome event. Indulge in mouthwatering local Ocala barbecue and live-fire cuisine, sample fine bourbons, and enjoy the soulful sounds of the Honey Hounds as we set the tone for the weekend.
Saturday, November 4 | Taste of Ocala (11am-3pm)
Join us in Exposition Center 1 for the Taste of Ocala, grand tasting. Led by our celebrity chefs, the day consists of culinary demonstrations on the main stage and educational beverage classes by masters of the industry. Sample an array of delectable cuisine, exceptional wines, craft beers, and artisanal spirits. Don’t miss the Junior Chef Mystery Basket competition featuring local culinary students alongside celebrity chefs to close out the event.
Saturday, November 4 | Celebrity Chef Dinner (7pm)
Indulge in an exquisite, multicourse dinner prepared by a team of celebrity chefs during this once-in-a-lifetime event. Each course will be artfully crafted and thoughtfully paired by master sommeliers. Learn from the celebrity chefs themselves as they present each dish and serve you on the elegant outdoor terrace at Stirrups Restaurant.
Sunday, November 5 | Jazz Brunch (10am-1pm)
Bid farewell to the weekend in style with an elegant Champagne brunch on the terrace of The Equestrian Hotel. Enjoy the soothing sounds of live jazz music while savoring a delightful spread of brunch favorites. Raise your glass and bid adieu to a fantastic weekend of culinary celebration.
Full weekend tickets are available in five-star and four-star ticket levels. To secure your place at this unparalleled culinary celebration, click the button below to learn more about securing tickets to the event.
Select your desired package from the available options, or choose to attend just Saturday’s Taste of Ocala event. Act quickly to take advantage of special early bird prices available through September 4, 2023 plus additional savings on tax during the Freedom Summer Sales Tax Holiday. Please note that tickets are limited and additional fees may apply.
By attending the Ocala Food & Wine Festival, you’re not only treating yourself to a remarkable experience but also making a positive impact on the community. Event proceeds will support the Public Education Foundation ProStart Program, which helps develop youth in the culinary and hospitality industries in Marion County and beyond.
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