Grand Tasting

Sunday, April 15, 2018
Early Access 11 am – 4 pm
General Admission 12 pm – 4 pm

Ocala’s Art Park
531 NE 1st Ave, Ocala, Florida
(adjacent to the Train Station and Tuscawilla Park)

Ticket Type Price Qty. Cart
Grand Tasting (EARLY ACCESS) $120
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Ticket Type Price Qty. Cart
Grand Tasting (GENERAL ADMISSION) $75
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Ticketed events are all inclusive of food, drinks & gratuity.
Each Event is limited, so get your tickets before they sell out fast!

Join as we transform the Ocala Art Park into the Grand Tasting in culmination of the five day festival. A casual affair that allows participants to enjoy live music, mingle with their neighbors, chefs, winemakers, mixologists, and culinary vendors. For one price, you’ll enjoy it all.

Attire: Casual


Chef Rick Alabaugh
Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club
Ocala, FL
Martha Jane Davis
Woodlea Gardens Catering | Ocala, FL
Chef Adam Fehrenbacher
Fehrenbacher's Artisan Sausages
Gainesville, FL
Rondo Fernandez
The Mojo Grill & Catering | Ocala, FL
Shelby Goelz,
2017 Ocala Culinary Festival Official Mixologist Monin | Tampa, FL
Jerzy Gonzalez
iCook4u | Philadelphia, PA
Jose Juarez
Barbacuban's 455 Sauce | Ocala, FL
Chef Felix Loring
The Fiery Chef | Ocala, FL
Chef Keith Lorren
Keith Lorren Spices | Miami, FL
Chef Patrice Perron
La Cuisine French Restaurant | Ocala, FL
Chef Dimitri Pomakis
Feta Mediterranean Cuisine | Ocala, FL
Brenda Terry
2018 Ocala Culinary Festival Official Mixologist Tampa Yacht & Country Club | Tampa, FL
Chef Joseph Viola
Daniel & Denise | Lyon, France
Chef Wallace Phaire
Trilogy Ocala Preserve
Ocala, FL
Chef Randal White
Marks Prime Steakhouse
Ocala & Gainesville, FL

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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]