Ocala Food & Wine Festival

Entice your taste buds at the Ocala Food and Wine Festival!


Presented by Lugano Diamonds, the annual Ocala Food and Wine Festival is a highly anticipated culinary extravaganza set to grace the World Equestrian Center from November 3-5, 2023. This year's event promises a blend of celebrity-chef-led experiences, captivating culinary competitions, and multi-course meals paired with beer, wine, and spirits. This adults only(21+) festival benefits the Public Education Foundation of Marion County ProStart Program.

When & Where

The 2023 Ocala Food and Wine Festival begins in the evening of Friday, November 3, 2023 and runs through Sunday, November 5, 2023. All festivities are held throughout the Courtyard and Expo Center 1 at the World Equestrian Center, located at 1750 NW 80th Ave, Ocala, FL 34482. Full weekend and Taste of Ocala event tickets can be purchased here.

Ocala Food & Wine Festival Schedule

Barbecue, Bourbon & Blues

Friday, November 3 | 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Kick-off the festivities on the Grand Plaza, where you'll savor mouthwatering local Ocala barbecue and live-fire creations, sample a selection of bourbons, and enjoy blues harmonies courtesy of the Honey Hounds.

Taste of Ocala

Saturday, November 4 | 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

On Saturday morning head to Expo Center 1 to enjoy a wide variety of culinary activities. Sample top-tier bites, wine, beer, and spirits while watching celebrity-chef-led demonstrations. Watch the Junior Chef Mystery Basket competition on the main stage. Improve your cooking skills by attending an educational class with masters of the industry, breakout classes and cooking demonstrations.

Celebrity Chef Dinner

Saturday, November 4 | 7:00 p.m.

Experience an exquisite multi-course dinner curated by a team of celebrity chefs. Every carefully prepared and paired course is presented by the chef while you learn about and enjoy your meal on the elegant outdoor terrace at Stirrups Restaurant.

Jazz Brunch

Sunday, November 5 | 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

As the weekend draws to a close, make your way to The Equestrian Hotel terrace for an unforgettable brunch experience. Sip glasses of bubbling Champagne while enjoying brunch and listening to the soothing tunes of live jazz music. It's the perfect way to wind down your elevated weekend experience.