Some anticipate the approach of October with jack-o-lanterns, crisp air, and flannel shirts in mind. Around here, though, our focus first turns to the island’s most mouthwatering fall party: the Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival (MVFW).
Uncorking the Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival
What You Can Expect
While a small island, Martha’s Vineyard has had a steady relationship with delicious food. This annual festival celebrates the island’s farming and fishing traditions and highlights some of the hottest trends emerging from kitchens and wine cellars in the region.
Put simply: This is an event for the foodies. It’s all about grass-fed meats, raw milk cheeses, organic produce, and the freshest seafood imaginable. You’ll be able to make new friends who take their food and drink as seriously as you. Some of the most popular events at the festival include renowned experts demonstrating their love of fresh ingredients and imaginative cuisine. You’ll meet award-winning chefs and sommeliers and get a chance to experience their craft at meticulously planned five-course meals or expansive tasting sessions.
Know the Fine Print
The MVF&W Festival includes 17 events at bespoke locations and around Edgartown, designed for big kids ages 21 and older. Tickets are available online and are non refundable. All events are held rain or shine, so bring an umbrella.
It Supports Two Great Causes
We’re sure we’re not alone when we say we’ll gladly eat, drink, and be merry for a good cause. Portions of the proceeds go to Island Grown Schools, a farm-to-school program that encourages healthy eating decisions and connects the next generation of Vineyarders to local food systems. The festival also supports the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society, whose initiatives range from land conservation to stocking local farmers’ markets with island-grown food and flowers.
If you approach the holidays like an Olympic sport, consider the Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival essential training for your Thanksgiving feast marathon — but with more oysters thrown into the mix. Whether you take a bite out of just one of these events or sample a dozen, Vineyard Square has a comfy spot with your name on it when you’re ready to put your feet up and your fork or wine glass down.