The Local Palate’s Spirits & Smoke

Friday, April 13, 2018

Bridlewood Farm
8318 NW 90th Terrace, Ocala, FL 34482

Ticket Type Price Qty. Cart
The Local Palate's Spirits & Smoke $65 Tickets are sold out.

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

Gather ’round the campfire with the South’s top pitmasters, including Sam Jones of Sam Jones BBQ, Griffin Bufkin of Southern Soul BBQ and John Rivers of 4Rivers Smokehouse, as they serve up smoked meats and all the fixin’s to kick off this barbecue bash. Of course, open-fire fare of this caliber can only be matched by the firewaters of bourbon, scotch, and whiskey that are sure to ignite your night. Add live music into the mix, and this is one hot party you won’t want to miss.

Attire: Country chic. The venue is a working farm so we encourage you to use care in selecting footwear that allows you to walk on grass and uneven pavement.


John Rivers
4 Rivers Smokehouse | Florida
Griffin Bufkin
Southern Soul BBQ | Simon, GA
Sam Jones
Sam Jones BBQ | Winterville, NC
Tracie Franklin
Brenda Terry
2018 Ocala Culinary Festival Official Mixologist Tampa Yacht & Country Club | Tampa, FL
Ryan Welliver, Mixologist
The Cocktail Club | Charleston, SC

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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]