Grand Tasting

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

Hilton Ocala
3600 SW 36th Ave, Ocala, FL 34474

Ticket Type Price Qty. Cart
Grand Tasting (EARLY ACCESS) $120 Tickets are sold out.

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!

NOTICE: Event has been moved from the Ocala Art Park due to weather. We look forward to seeing you at the Hilton Ocala under the big tents!

Join as we transform the Hilton Ocala into the Grand Tasting in culmination of the five day festival. A casual affair that allows participants to enjoy live music by the local Ocala R-Style Band, mingle with neighbors, chefs, winemakers, mixologists, and culinary vendors. For one price, you’ll enjoy more than delicious food, wines, beer and spirits.
Just a few of the notable highlights of the Grand Tasting include a visit to the Rose’ Garden by Vraken-Pommery, the Glenfiddich Salon, and the Get the Look Tent from Festival Style Partner Paula King of Agapanthus. 


Ocala Culinary Festival Charities, Inc. will donate a portion of the proceeds from the Grand Tasting to the Food4Kids backpack program.
Learn more here:

Attire: Casual


Martha Jane Davis
Woodlea Gardens Catering | Ocala, FL
Chef Tony Deras
Katya Vineyards | 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
Rashad Jones
Big Lee's Serious About BBQ | Ocala, FL
Jose Juarez
Barbacuban's 455 Sauce | Ocala, FL
Paige Littleton
Brick City Southern Kitchen | Ocala, FL
Chef Felix Loring
The Fiery Chef | Ocala, FL
Chef Keith Lorren
Keith Lorren Spices | Miami, FL
Chef Victor Luzarraga
Craft Kitchen | Ocala, FL
Chef Patrice Perron
La Cuisine French Restaurant | Ocala, FL
Chef Wallace Phaire
Trilogy Ocala Preserve
Ocala, FL
Chef Dimitri Pomakis
Feta Mediterranean Cuisine | Ocala, FL
Chef Jackson Rust
Mojo BBQ | Florida
Brenda Terry
2018 Ocala Culinary Festival Official Mixologist Tampa Yacht & Country Club | Tampa, FL
Chefs Damon Vitale & Jamie Green
Marion Technical College
Ocala, FL
Ryan Welliver, Mixologist
The Cocktail Club | Charleston, SC
Chef Randal White
Ocala Hilton | Ocala, FL
Chef Jeremy Zajac
Brooklyns Backyard | Ocala, 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]