A Taste of Haiti
Friends of the James Beard Foundation Dinner

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Ghumman Private Residence
(address to be provided after ticket purchase)

Ticketed events are all inclusive of food, drinks & gratuity.
Each Event is limited, so get your tickets before they sell out fast!

A Gourmet Taste of Haiti

Attendees will celebrate unique flavors at this intimate soirée held in a beautiful private home in the Ocala Historic District. Guests will unite over good food and music exploring a ‘Taste of Haiti’ featuring two internationally celebrated Haitian chefs.

Chefs Stephan Berrouet Durand and Lucmann Pierre will share their own piece of Haitian history through a multi-course dinner and cocktails by the festival’s 2018 Official Mixologist Brenda Terry of Tampa Yacht & Country Club.

This event benefits the James Beard Foundation.

Dress: Island Chic


Chef Stephan B Durand
Founder, Haiti Food & Spirits Festival
Gout et Saveurs Lakay

Chef Lucmann Pierre
Owner/ Executive Chef
Le Pierre Caterers | Sudbury, MA

Brenda Terry
2018 Ocala Culinary Festival Official Mixologist
Tampa Yacht & Country Club | Tampa, FL

Host Sponsor


Media Sponsors


Design Sponsors


Epicurean Sponsors


Where will the festival events take place?
Check individual event listings to identify the various locales where events will be held throughout Ocala/Marion County. In a few event instances, the locales will not be disclosed until tickets are purchased.

How do I attend the Ocala Culinary Festival?
All events require tickets, which can be purchased on this website as the event lineup is unveiled. Tickets for certain events will start to go on sale on November 1, 2017.

Can my diet restrictions be accommodated during festival events?
No. Unfortunately, the logistics of carrying off these events in various locales do not give chefs the room to be flexible with their menus. Chefs participating in the festival are given creative license to serve whatever inspires them—without the need to anticipate various diet restrictions.

What happens if an event is sold out?
Tickets are very limited, especially in regards to some of the smaller, more intimate festival experiences. We encourage you to consider other events in the lineup if your first choice gets sold out. If an event has been sold out and you’d like to have your name added to a wait list in case we have a cancellation, please feel free to email us this request at [email protected].

What should I wear?
Check each individual event listing for suggestions on attire.

Can I bring my children to the festival?
We love children! However, we cannot allow anyone under 21 to attend the festival.

What is the Grand Tasting?
The casual grand finale to the festival will be held in downtown Ocala, Florida. For one price, festivalgoers will be allowed in to meet one on one with chefs who have participated in the festival and eat and drink the best the festival has to offer.

Festival Rules

You must be 21 years of age or older to attend any of the festival events—no infants or toddlers.

No animals are allowed at any of the festival events.

Tickets are non-refundable.

Events go on rain or shine.

Tickets are non-transferrable without written permission of festival management. To make an inquiry for permission to transfer tickets, email [email protected]