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Martha's Vineyard Food and Wine Festival

halloweenkidsSo there you are back in what we affectionately call “the real world”. There are errands to do, kids to transport, work and obligations to fill your every hour. A pleasant fleeting memory of summer vacation on Martha’s Vineyard may flicker through your mind only to be overpowered by whatever task is presently before you. You wish you could still be here, but nothing happens on Martha’s Vineyard after Labor Day anyway, right? Wrong! So, so wrong.

Get in the car, bus, or plane and get yourself back here for a fall weekend of delightful activity (or non-activity). Or even better, come midweek when the best Martha’s Vineyard hotel deals are available!  Anyone who lives here will tell you September and October are the best months to be on the island. For instance, the MV International Film Festival wraps up on September 12. Tivoli Day, celebrated in Oak Bluffs, takes place September 18, rain date September 19. The increasingly popular Martha’s Vineyard Food and Wine Festival is October 15 and 16. And the Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby is ongoing now through October 16. Come test your casting skills and win a prize!

Besides the special events, so many of the best summer activities live on through the fall. Some of the things you can still enjoy are the Artisan’s Festival in West Tisbury, the Speaker Series at the Aquinnah Town Hall, bird walks, Felix Neck Treks and Guided Kayak and Marine Discovery Tours, artists’ receptions at all the galleries, and the Vineyard Playhouse productions. If those don’t entice you, how about fall sales in all the stores? All the goodies you talked yourself out of in August, because they were too expensive, start taking a dive. And I’ve saved the best for last: Friday night lobster rolls continue to roll out of Grace Church in Vineyard Haven until October 1!

Oops! My phone is ringing. Must be another “fall on the Vineyard lover” calling to make a reservation. Hope to see you soon!

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Martha’s Vineyard has a wide ranging menu of choices for fine food and drink that will delight the most discriminating palates.  Being a frugal mother of four, however, I rarely partake.  (After all, patience and table manners are not virtues often seen amongst the younger members of my brood).

I can’t blame it all on the kids, however.  I am torn by a proud, but confused heritage.  My Italian ancestry has resulted in an appreciation for superior fare that is difficult to ignore; but thanks to my mother’s Scottish roots, the one thing that I like better than a great meal is a great deal… hence why I don’t eat out often!   The Vineyard is not known for it’s inexpensive dining options (although they exist– more on this in future posts).  This is why I am excited and anxiously anticipating two upcoming events that will satisfy both of these competing instincts…

Martha’s Vineyard Restaurant Week is starting this Sunday.  It runs June 21-25 and 22 restaurants are participating by offering special 3 course menus priced from $25-$45.  There are some incredible restaurants involved, and the values are great!  If it is too late to make it for the fun this year, fear not…  this is scheduled to be an annual event!

If you are more of a long range planner, mark your calendar for the Martha’s Vineyard Food and Wine Festival the weekend of 10/16/09.  Opportunities will abound for learning about, as well as sampling, extraordinary dishes from talented chefs, and wines from all over the world.  So where’s the “deal”?  I’m glad you asked!  The Festival organizers are offering significant early bird discounts to anyone purchasing tickets to events before Sept. 1!  Check out the celebrities and schedule of events.  It’s going to be loads of delicious fun!  If you need overnight accommodations, the Colonial Inn is offeringMartha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival Packages.

I am already working on lining up a babysitter, so who knows?  Maybe I’ll see you there!

Image courtesy of Skype Nomad

 

The Best Things to Do in Martha’s Vineyard for Solo Travelers
What to Know about the Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival
Plan a Visit to the Martha’s Vineyard Food and Wine Festival
Where to Get the Best Pizza on Martha’s Vineyard Near Edgartown
Explore Memorable Things to Do & See in West Tisbury
Spend a Day at the Manuel F. Correllus State Forest
See the Next Big Thing at a Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival
A Guide on How to Get to Martha’s Vineyard