Ocala, FL – We have an incredible weekend of culinary delights in store from November 4-6 featuring seven celebrity chefs, 20 participating restaurants and three days of culinary excellence! Join us to explore a full weekend of food, wine and entertainment at World Equestrian Center – Ocala during the upcoming Ocala Food & Wine Festival presented by Lugano Diamonds.
Friday, November 4: Tasting Notes Welcome Party (6pm-9pm)
Join country hitmakers and CMA Vocal Duo of the Year nominees LOCASH and the celebrity chefs for a night of tastings from top breweries, wineries, distilleries and area restaurants. Sponsored by Ethel M Chocolates®; Tickets online: https://www.showclix.com/event/2022ocalafoodwinewelcome
Saturday, November 5: Taste of Ocala (11am-3pm)
Gather at the mainstage on the Grand Plaza for tastings, celebrity chef demonstrations and educational breakouts taught by masters of the industry on everything from the art of French pastry to Master Sommelier wine tastings. Tickets online: https://www.showclix.com/event/2022ocalafoodwinetasteofocala
Saturday, November 5: Celebrity Chef Dinners (7pm and later)
Celebrity chefs takeover local Ocala hotspots to make you an exclusive, multi-course dinner that’s fully paired. Tickets online (cutoff, Thursday at 12pm): https://www.showclix.com/event/2022ocalafoodwinechefdinners
Sunday, November 6: Champagne Jazz Brunch (10am-1pm)
Enjoy an elegant brunch on the covered terrace at Stirrups, featuring live jazz music and Veuve Clicquot Champagne. Tickets online: https://www.showclix.com/event/2022ocalafoodwinejazzbrunch
Event proceeds support local charitable foundations. Additional details at ocalafoodandwinefest.com.
World Equestrian Center – Ocala will also host the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, November 5 starting at 8am. This non-competitive walk will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association of research, programs and services. Participants will start and finish at Expo 2. This event is free to sign up. Click here to register today.
2022 USEF Fall Show Series at World Equestrian Center – Ocala
Hunter/Jumper competition returns to World Equestrian Center – Ocala next week! Exhibitors make sure to place your entries and reserve your stalls today for the 2022 USEF Fall Show Series. The four-week Premier Hunter/Level 6 Jumper competition will be held from November 9 through November 20 and December 7 through December 18. Click the here to view the prize lists, place your entries and reserve your stalls.
Make Plans for the Final Two Dressage Shows in 2022 at World Equestrian Center – Ocala
World Equestrian Center – Ocala will host two more dressage competitions in 2022 presented by Hampton Green Farm and Discover Dressage, with the November Dressage CDI3* on November 17-20, 2022, and the Dressage V show on December 15-18, 2022.
Entries for the November Dressage CDI3* show will close on November 9, 2022. Entries and stalls can be placed through Equestrian Entries | The fast, easy way to sign up for horse shows (eqentries.com). Click here to view the November Dressage CDI3* prize list.
Both remaining shows are qualifying competitions for the Great American/USDF Regional Championships.
- November Dressage CDI3* | 11/17/22 – 11/20/22 (concurrent national USEF/USDF-rated competition)
- Dressage V | 12/15/22 – 12/18/22
2023 USEF Winter Spectacular Show Series at World Equestrian Center – Ocala
Entries, weekly stalls and the prize list for the 2023 USEF Winter Spectacular Show Series are now available. The 12-week series is comprised of United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Premier Hunter/Level 6 Jumper competition running consecutively from January 4, 2023 through March 26, 2023. Week IX, February 28, 2023 through March 5, 2023 will showcase Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) CSI3* competition. The Premier Equitation Cup Championship returns to World Equestrian Center – Ocala on Saturday, February 11, 2023. Click here to place your entries, book your stalls and view the 2023 Winter Spectacular Prize List. Spectators are welcome and admission is free.
World Equestrian Center – Ocala is now hosting Sunday Services with Chaplain Edwin in The Chapel. The Sunday Services are 20 minutes long and open to all. Attendees can park by Barns E & F. See the weekly Chapel Service schedule below.
7am – English
10am – English
11am – Spanish
6:30pm – English
What To Do
Many vendors at World Equestrian Center – Ocala have established storefront locations where they are open year-round. Below are our amazing retailers and their locations.
The Equestrian Hotel:
- Lugano Diamonds
- The Debonair Collection
- Mr. Pickles & Sailor Bear Toy Shoppe
- Calluna Spa
CaptiveOne Advisors Arena – Arena 1:
- Arista Equestrian
- Gordon Reiss Insurance
UF Health Arena – Arena 2:
- Stellina LLC/Romitelli Boots
- Haala Fashion LLC
- Farmhouse Chiropractic
- Hats Off Boutique
- Kelsey’s Rhinestones
- The Farm House, Inc.
- LM Boots
- Exceptional Equestrian, Inc
- IDA Development, LLC
- I Love My Horse
- Basic Equine Health, LLC
- Everleigh Collection LLC
- The Farm House, Inc.
- Odette, LLC
- Sudden Impulse Boutique
- AGM Beyond Leather
- Exceptional Equestrian, Inc
- Grey Fox Designs
A Sudden Impulse Boutique
Stop by A Sudden Impulse Boutique for the latest and greatest World Equestrian Center branded merchandise. A Sudden Impulse is located in Arena 4, right behind Miss Tilly’s Lollipops. The boutique features a collection of jewelry, beautiful apparel and perfect gifts for your family and friends. A Sudden Impulse is also the exclusive shop for custom embroidery, engraving and printing at World Equestrian Center – Ocala.
Use code BLOG for 10% off online of purchases.
Visit A Sudden Impulse at WEC or purchase your items online at suddenimpulse.com.
Each week The Yellow Pony Pub & Garden located within The Equestrian Hotel hosts live entertainment from 6:00pm-9:30pm. Here is the entertainment lineup for this week:
Wednesday, November 2 | Charity Cox
Thursday, November 3 | Mark Raisch
Friday, November 4 | Conrad Marcum
Saturday, November 5 | Mark Z
Day at the Spa
Stop by Calluna Spa to shop luxurious products for those you love. Their holiday baskets are curated by expert staff to combine wellness, skincare and salon products in a gorgeous display – prefect for holiday gifting!
Mon – Sat: 9am – 7pm
Call 352.414.7862 to book your appointment or click here.
In Need of a Doctor Visit?
World Equestrian Center – Ocala would like to welcome LifeForce Healthcare, LLC as the facility’s personal on-call primary care service. LifeForce Healthcare will be available to the venue’s exhibitors, visitors, vendors and guests for on-call medical provider visits at and around the World Equestrian Center – Ocala facility. Call 352.873.3800 to book your on-call appointment today.
Where to Eat
Located Within The Equestrian Hotel:
Prime steaks and chops, sustainable Florida seafood and southern inspired seasonal specialties, served in a refined dining room and terrace overlooking the Grand Outdoor Arena.
Breakfast: Monday – Friday: 6:30am-11am | Saturday – Sunday: 6:30am-1pm
Dinner: Sunday – Thursday, 5pm-9pm | Friday – Saturday, 5pm-10pm
Yellow Pony Pub & Garden
Boasting an outdoor patio and fireplace, this lobby gastro lounge offers shareable starters, pub fare, traditional draft beers, bourbons and whiskeys.
Sunday – Thursday, 11am-12am | Friday – Saturday, 11am-1am
A blissful, freshly baked array of authentic French macarons and European-inspired pastries are served within an ambiance of old-world elegance at this very special shop located within the Equestrian Hotel.
Open daily: 6am-8pm
Restaurants throughout the facility:
Viola & Dot’s Italian Kitchen & Pizzeria
Design your own salad or pasta masterpiece with an assortment of delicious meats and toppings. Viola & Dot’s features pizzas and calzones crafted with homemade dough, classic Italian entrees and decadent sweet desserts.
Open daily: 11am-9pm
Ralph’s Burger & Sandwich Shop
A classic, diner-inspired menu with a few contemporary upgrades! Ralph’s invites you to enjoy signature burgers, salads and sandwiches topped off with a homemade milkshake. Open for lunch and dinner, start your day with a breakfast sandwich or enjoy an evening slice of pie.
Closed November 5
Miss Tilly’s Lollipops
Indulging is strongly encouraged at this unique sweet shop where specialty ice cream flavors and homemade fudge are the stars. With an array of chocolates, confections and coffees, Miss Tilly’s is the perfect place for a tasty treat.
Open daily: 11am-9pm
Filo’s Mexican Cantina
Traditional Mexican flavors coupled with custom-made convenience. Filo’s serves up street tacos, burritos, quesadillas and much more in a vibrant dining room and open-air patio.