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Martha's Vineyard Food and Wine Festival

Martha's Vineyard Food and Wine Festival

After a quick flight from Newark, N.J., we arrived in Boston for the connecting flight to the Vineyard via Cape Air. Our stay for the weekend was at the historic Harbor View Hotel, located in the heart of Edgartown, Mass. Built in 1891, overlooking Martha's Vineyard's Edgartown Lighthouse and Harbor and Chappaquiddick ("Chappy" for the locals), the Harbor View Hotel is quaint and cozy.

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The kickoff festivities began Thursday evening with Vineyard Gazette's "Fresh off the Farm" event at Ag Hall in West Tisbury. It was a special farm-to-table tasting, with everything made by local chefs using island-grown ingredients. This year’s beneficiary, Island Grown Schools, is an organization that impacts almost 2,300 school-aged children on Martha's Vineyard and has installed learning gardens at every public school and six island preschools. Island Grown Schools hopes to create a healthier community that supports local agriculture.

The Sommelier Slam! was first on our list for Friday. Food and wine enthusiasts enjoyed sipping fine wines from around the world and tasting extraordinary cuisine from chef Michael Brisson of l'etoile Restaurant, an intimate, contemporary fresh restaurant that's within walking distance from the Harbor View. Four tastings with wine were presided over by the team of Joseph Carr, a Napa Valley vintner; Dominick Purnomo, chef and sommelier of Yono's & dp An American Brasserie; and Dan Michaud of Ruby Wine, Inc.

The opening reception was held at the Harbor View hotel. Executive chef Nathan Gould and his team provided incredible morsels that intrigued every sense, including oysters, ahi tuna with popcorn, baby octopus on a skewer, and chocolate caviar.

With just a little spare time on our hands before diving into our Saturday schedule, we headed out to the other end of the island to Menemsha, an enjoyable 30-minute drive. Everyone we spoke to urged us to visit Larsen's Fish Market, selling fresh fish, steamed lobsters, and soup. You can sit out on the dock and watch the fishing boats in the harbor, or catch some local fishermen having lunch. It's a quintessential vineyard experience not to be missed. Luckily, we arrived the day before they were about to close for the season!

Chocolate and wine? Dark chocolate and red wine is a classic pairing. With so many wine-growing regions and styles of winemaking in the world, the possibilities for delicious and interesting pairings are endless. Taza Chocolate held the next event at Eleven North, a restaurant and bar located in downtown Edgartown. Wine and chocolate pairing party, anyone? Pairings are great ice-breakers and conversation starters!

The weekend-long event culminated with an elegant and popular Grand Tasting, tented in beautiful downtown Edgartown. Presenting chefs were Nathan Gould, executive chef of Water Street Restaurant who gave a live cooking demo; Andy Husbands, executive chef and owner of Tremont 647; Suvir Saran, a Top Chef Masters alum; as well as Tony Maws of Craigie on Main and Tim Cushman of O Ya in Boston.

To get a deeper look at some of the highlights of the festival, click through our slideshow of some of the top events, bites, and chefs!


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We serve Lunch & Dinner 7 days a week. Our menu features fresh Seafood, Entrees, Sandwiches, Salad & much more. Family friendly dining for any occasion.

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Oak Bluffs harbor view restaurant and bar offering fine dining, fresh seafood, sushi, drinks.

Martha's Vineyard premier brewery and pub.

Pizza, seafood & casual American kitchen, open for lunch and dinner.

Join us for quesadillas, burritos, tacos, sides, specials, dessert, wings, burgers.

fast and friendly service, home-style American kitchen, fresh seafood, coffee

Sushi, Chinese and Pan Asian cuisine in our elegant but casual newly renovated location.

Juice bar & vegan café located @ Tisbury Marketplace. Enjoy your breakfast, lunch or dinner outside the cafe or at one of the public picnic tables on the Lagoon. Juice plus other gluten-free and vegan delights literally By The Sea!


Upcoming: 5th Annual Martha’s Vineyard Food and Wine Festival

The 5th Annual Martha’s Vineyard Food and Wine Festival will be hosted on the weekend of October 14th through the 16th, so planning a Fall getaway weekend on the Vineyard seems like the only reasonable thing to start doing! If you’ve never visited the Vineyard, you’ll be in for a treat fall is the best time since the summer crowds have left the island and the scenery changes from hot, humid days to crisp, cool nights and strolls around town while stopping at various places for dinner crawls.

This year, the Food and Wine Festival has a schedule of events that no foodie or chef should miss. Everything from wine tastings to sake pairings, you’ll be able to experience the Vineyard like no other visitor. A few events to look forward to are:

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  • Sweet Neck Farms Goes To Spain: pairing the best local oysters from Sweet Neck Farms with Whites of the Iberian Peninsula. Presented by Dan Michaud, Ruby Wines, Director of Special Events and a Fine Wine Specialist
  • Why White Wines Rock with Global Cuisine: focusing on why whites need to have more presence in the wine lists at restaurants, with pairing. Presented by Ric Orlando, New World Bistro bar, Albany, New World Home Cooking Co. and Catering, Saugteries, NY
  • Joseph Carr Wine Dinner: limited event at the Saltwater Restaurant, this dinner is a sold out event every year. Enjoy a wine maker dinner with Joseph Carr of Joseph Carr Winery.

For more information on the Martha’s Vineyard Food and Wine Festival, stay updated by liking their Facebook page or following them on Twitter.

Marnely Rodriguez-Murray is the author of the food blog Cooking with Books. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, she has worked as an Overnight Bread Baker in Colorado, a Chocolate Maker in Virginia as well as a Pastry Cook on the whimsical island of Martha’s Vineyard, just to name a few. She currently resides on Martha's Vineyard with her chef-husband, where they are both on an endless search for Caribbean flavors, new culinary trends and gastronomic inspiration.


Culinary celebration at 12th annual M.V. Food and Wine Festival

The Island’s premier food and wine event, the Martha’s Vineyard Food and Wine Festival, began Wednesday, Oct. 23, and continues until Sunday, Oct. 27.

Featuring the best of Vineyard culinary masters paired with best-in-class winemakers and aficionados, this year’s festival is slated to be the biggest and best so far.

For the 12th year, more than 2,000 food and wine enthusiasts come together for unique Island events each day that celebrates the diversity and rich culture of food and drink on Martha’s Vineyard.

“I’m really looking forward to this year’s festival. The increased level of interest and support from new and returning sponsors and participants has allowed us to expand the festival lineup,” festival director Dawn Curtis Hanley told The Times. “Every year we are looking to enhance the experience, and draw more people from all over the world.”

Curtis Hanley said the event is more than double the size of last year, with more than 40 events ranging from high-end wine tastings to salt-of-the-earth celebrations of local agriculture.

The festival is held by the Edgartown Board of Trade, and made possible by many generous contributors and sponsors.

The kickoff event, “Fresh Off the Farm,” will be held at the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society in West Tisbury, and will highlight delicious, fresh, and local wine and cuisine to benefit Island Grown Schools and the Agricultural Society’s Farmers Program.

Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant will be at the Ag Society to present an impressive array of wines, alongside specialty cuisine prepared by Island farms and chefs, all curated by Rosewater Market & Takeaway.

The second event, “All the Food That’s Fit to Eat,” will be held at the newly renovated Harbor View Hotel, and will focus on cooking culture, food media in the digital age, and the transcendence of food stories in difficult times. A reception to follow features New York black-and-white cookies, the Vineyard’s Salted Cranberry Bar, and the Harbor View’s Roxy’s Rainbow Cookie, developed by Roxana Chiu and prepared by Executive Chef Patrice Martineau. Cookies will be paired with dessert wines.

Sam Sifton, founding editor of New York Times Cooking and esteemed restaurant critic, will be at the event, along with the editor of newsletter and website Cook the Vineyard, Susie Middleton.

Once again the highlight of the weekend’s celebration, the “Grand Tasting” will be held at the picturesque Winnetu Oceanside Resort in Katama.

Participating Edgartown restaurants include Atria, Alchemy, Bettini, Dos Mas, the Katama General Store, l’Etoile, Murdick’s Fudge, Rosewater Market & Takeaway, Détente, the Terrace at the Charlotte Inn, Town Bar & Grill, and more. Also new this year is the addition of dinners outside Edgartown, including events at State Road restaurant in West Tisbury, Beach Road restaurant in Vineyard Haven, and Sweet Life and the Cardboard Box in Oak Bluffs.


Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival 2019

I’ve been looking forward to this event all year. Not even kidding. I attended the MV Food & Wine Festival for the first time in 2018, and my bestie and I had such a fantastic time trying all the different food, sampling the wines, and meeting new friends, that we’ve been talking for months about attending the event again this year.

The Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival is actually a four day event, with Jazz Brunches, Vintage Wine Dinners, Champagne & Donuts, various seminars, and of course the Grand Tasting!

The Grand Tasting event is held at the beautiful Winnetu Oceanside Resort out in Katama. It’s 3 hours long, which is perfect since it gives you plenty of time to socialize, walk around all the tents, try everything, and then make second rounds for your favorite snacks & beverages!

It’s always hard to pick favorites, but I decided to round up First Place and Runner Up categories for all the delicious things we got to try. Hope you enjoy!

WINE: We started off tasting whites and bubbly, and moved on to red, there were SO many to try! There was also a super fun make your own gin cocktail brought to you by Brockman’s Gin, and for a non-alcoholic option, kombucha by Kulture Club MV Kombucha. But I’m a loyal wine girl, so here were my two favorites.

I loved this wine & prosecco because it was crisp, clean and tasty. I also am a sucker for pretty bottles , and I loved their preppy, colorful New England labels that made me think of long summer days spent by the ocean. Gooseneck Vineyards is also ‘local’ to me, only about an hour drive in Wickford, Rhode Island. Looking forward to vising them soon, and in the meantime stocking up on some delicious bubbles for special occasions…or just Sunday mimosas!

Duckhorn Vineyards is located in Napa Valley, California, and they know their reds! I’m not usually a Merlot drinker, but even their Merlot is superb. The Cabarnet Sauvignon is my favorite, and pairs perfectly with a charcuterie board… or Thanksgiving dinner!

FOOD: I’m a pescatarian, so I didn’t get to try all the scrumptious treats that were offered by the many restaurants at the event. I did have an unfortunate incident of trying beef tartar, thinking it was ahi tuna.. but kuddos to the chef, because it looked so good, my eyes were bigger than my brain that never asked what I was eating. Anywho, there was plenty of other things to try, and here are my two favorites.

They had two samples, and I got to try the smoked bluefish pâté in a cannoli with caviar. I’m sure there is a prettier name for what I had, but it was DELISH! Who knew you could put bluefish into a cannoli shell!? Encore Boston Harbor is a new casino that features several restaurants. I’m so looking forward to visiting. Can we get JT to perform there too? Because I’m so in!

They had a super tasty chowdah, and even though it had little bits of pancetta, I couldn’t help but have a few bites. I was also ogling over the whole menu. I love seafood, and this place clearly knows how to do seafood well. Another bonus, they have two locations. One in East Boston, and one is Marina Bay, where we often go. Looking forward to a whole meal there soon.

TREATS: There were cookies, donuts, specialty chocolates and caramels, and so much more. Pretty much, anything your heart desired, I bet you’d find it at the MV Food and Wine Fest. But if I had to narrow down the different treats I tried, these were my two favorites.

I’m a savory kind of girl. While I love sweets too, I will always choose salty first. Literally. Sel Marin imports salt from France, and I’m telling you, a little salt of some radishes or cukes, is so good! They had different varieties, and I tried them all.

This was the first thing I had a bite of when we walked in, and also the last! Who doesn’t love donuts? Especially when they are soft, and fluffy, and coated in sugar? If you’re on island, stop at their location in Vineyard Haven to try some donuts + pizza… a match made in heaven!

The MV Food and Wine fest is definitely the place to be for the culinary experience. But I also love it, because it is so much fun to socialize and meet people. I loved seeing friends from the Vineyard, running into a group of hilarious ladies from the year before, connecting with some social media mamas who I have been chatting with for months, and of course making new connections!

I’m already planning for MV Food and Wine Festival 2020 and I hope you can join me there!


Martha’s Vineyard Wine Festival

A couple of weekends ago, I had the privilege of attending the Martha&rsquos Vineyard Wine Festival. Having not been to the island since I was 13 and more interested in not being seen with my mom, dad and little brother than actually enjoying the island, I was excited to check it out but even more so at the line up of good wine and food I knew I&rsquod be in for.

After a 4 hour long road trip and an hour long (freezing cold) ferry ride, we made it to the Vineyard Square hotel where we were greeted by amazing suites, a bottle of prosecco and quite the view from downtown Edgartown straight out to Chappaquiddick Island. The weather was overcast and drizzly but you could imagine how gorgeous it would be on a sunny summer day.

The first night we stopped by the opening reception, noshed on some delicious sliders, wings and samosas while sipping rose before heading out to dinner. I attended one of the private home dinners that were part of the festival at a gorgeous house in downtown Edgartown themed around locally foraged food. Man Vs. Wild Food was cooked by chef Billy Manson and accompanied by Maisons, Marques et Domaine wine pairings. From the oysters to the wild bay scallops crudo to the bow hunted seared venison backstrap, this meal was phenomenal. The wine flowed (probably a bit too much as I woke up needing water at least 3 times that night), the conversation was great, all in all an excellent way to kick off the weekend.

Nelly (our awesome host), Brandy and I set off for a few island adventures in the morning. First stop was Chilmark Coffee where the owner, Todd, brewed us fresh new &ldquoexperiments&rdquo in his kitchen and showed us the whole roasting process from start to finish. We headed down the road to The Grey Barn where we saw a sign for raw milk and I freaked out proclaiming we must try it! $5.50 later, I ignored the scary &ldquoTHIS IS NOT PASTEURIZED&rdquo sign and finally got to taste raw milk which isn&rsquot as easy to come by at home. Verdict? Creamy and amazing. Our next stop, Not Your Sugar Mamas was probably my most anticipated one of the trip. Their organic, raw chocolate truffles and bars were seriously some of the best stuff I&rsquove ever eaten. Their Be Local bar was like eating pure fudge but with flecks of salt and lavender&hellipcouldn&rsquot get enough. You can bet more was consumed later in the hotel with some of that raw milk. We headed down to The Atlantic for lunch which is where I had the watermelon feta salad that inspired my watermelon feta salad with cornmeal crusted fried scallops from the other week.

Dinner this night was at another private home for me where I got to sit counter side while chef Aaron Zeende cooked up a delicious 5 course meal from a lobster and suckling pig combination to lamb polenta that had two preparations of lamb and might&rsquove been the most comforting meal I&rsquove ever eaten to pot de creme with candied violets that were almost too pretty to eat (almost). Each course was accompanied by Wente Vineyards. I learned my lesson from the previous night and drank a full glass of water between pours, much better approach&hellip

When breakfast starts off with Legs & Eggs from the Harbor View Hotel it&rsquos hard to have a bad day. That chicken had the crispiest most amazing skin EVER. Patti had joined our group at this point and we just leisurely enjoyed brunch before the big grand tasting later in the afternoon.

The grand tasting was the main event for the wine festival with tons of vendors and sponsors. We tasted wine after wine after wine&hellip I really enjoy Frog&rsquos Leap and Passages Pinotage, and a bit of liquor too from Pavan (omg, summer in a cup!) to Deep Eddy Vodka and of course, the big spread of Cabot Cheese to help keep me upright with all that booze.

The last dinner of the trip was one I was really looking forward to attending. This private home dinner was not just an exciting menu and wine pairing, but in an extraordinary setting. The house we ate in has apparently been the talk of the town for the past year or so as it sits far out on Chappaquiddick and was facing some serious erosion issues last year to the point where the entire 8,300 square foot house was picked up and moved back 275 yards last fall. Moving a house is a feat in and of itself. Moving an 8,300 square foot house, plus the guest house, plus the garage, etc. is even more impressive. The owners took us through the whole process and it was just one of those things where you sit there, mouth agape and mesmerized. Dinner didn&rsquot disappoint. We feasted on grass fed sirloin tartar, house made sausage, squid ink spaghetti and drank the perfect pairings of Rombauer wines. I could easily drink the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon for the rest of my life and never get tired of it. As if dinner wasn&rsquot amazing enough, the night ended with bowling (yes, bowling) in the downstairs of the house with 20+ tipsy dinner guests. As you might imagine, it was a blast.

The festival ended with brunch at Detente (arugual short rib hash with poached eggs). We ducked in and out of the cute Edgartown shops for an hour or two before catching our ferry back home and with the sun shining bright and all the clouds of the weekend gone, I finally understood the draw the island seems to have on all those who have been there before. Now if I could just figure out a way to afford visiting again, I&rsquod love to go back.

A huge thank you to Martha&rsquos Vineyard Wine Festival for having me for the weekend and to all the sponsors who made the weekend possible!

*This is not a sponsored post but I was given free tickets and accommodations for the festival. All opinions and content are my own.


Day one:

After successfully packing a thousand snacks and duffle bags into my car we were off! The drive to MV wasn&rsquot bad and I found myself thinking &ldquogee, if I were rich I would totally weekend to MV.&rdquo But I&rsquom not rich so that is probably never happening. The ferry ride was nice but very chilly. I could have spent the time hanging out inside but it was family fun time near the snack booth and I was in no mood to listen to all of that. So instead Gina and I sat outside in the freezing sea air. It was cold but refreshing. So there is that.

When we arrived on MV we checked into the Vineyard Square Hotel (soooooo nice!) , relaxed and then eventually got ready for our night out on the town! First up was the welcome reception at Atria where I ate too many chicken drumsticks to be considered dainty and fell in in love with their mini hamburgers. If it were socially acceptable I would have asked for a whole hamburger just to myself. But we are in MV and I have a feeling people (ladies&hellip) don&rsquot do that.

After the reception I got to head out to a private dinner at the Charlotte Inn. I was dining that night with Howard from Frog&rsquos Leap Winery and not only had excellent company but got to ask as many annoying wine questions I could think of. I was sitting with a wine expert. Why wouldn&rsquot I take advantage of that? Although he did seem offended when I mentioned I love sangria. Sangria is my summertime love. I will never give up on that.


Food and Wine Festival

My Martha's Vineyard weekend got cancelled by Hurricane Jose and we rescheduled to this coming weekend. Thought it would be much quieter being later in the season. Just found out about the MV Food and Wine Festival at the Harbor View. Should I be concerned that it will be much more crowded in town? I really didn't think that I would need reservations for dinner, but with this going on do you think I will? Places like the Atlantic, State Road, Alchemy or 20bynine? Thanks so much.

If you know you want to have a dinner at a particular restaurant, why wouldn't you make a reservation.

Have you had a chance yet to go online and read about the festival? It looks to me like you have a great opportunity to do something fun and app up your MV dining experiences. I think you are lucky to be there that particular weekend. Why not embrace it and plan to join in?

Would you please come back to this forum and let us know about your visit? That would be nice to know.

There will be some people here, enough to bring a little energy to the off-season quiet towns, but not enough to create a crowd. This weekend, the hotels and Inns are filling up a bit, but rental houses will be empty. I suggest you make dinner reservations, in order to avoid a wait and to secure a premium time slot, if desired. 20byNine is closed for the season, but there are plenty of other options. Are you staying in Oak Bluffs or Edgartown? Bringing your car over?

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Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival 2019

I’ve been looking forward to this event all year. Not even kidding. I attended the MV Food & Wine Festival for the first time in 2018, and my bestie and I had such a fantastic time trying all the different food, sampling the wines, and meeting new friends, that we’ve been talking for months about attending the event again this year.

The Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival is actually a four day event, with Jazz Brunches, Vintage Wine Dinners, Champagne & Donuts, various seminars, and of course the Grand Tasting!

The Grand Tasting event is held at the beautiful Winnetu Oceanside Resort out in Katama. It’s 3 hours long, which is perfect since it gives you plenty of time to socialize, walk around all the tents, try everything, and then make second rounds for your favorite snacks & beverages!

It’s always hard to pick favorites, but I decided to round up First Place and Runner Up categories for all the delicious things we got to try. Hope you enjoy!

WINE: We started off tasting whites and bubbly, and moved on to red, there were SO many to try! There was also a super fun make your own gin cocktail brought to you by Brockman’s Gin, and for a non-alcoholic option, kombucha by Kulture Club MV Kombucha. But I’m a loyal wine girl, so here were my two favorites.

I loved this wine & prosecco because it was crisp, clean and tasty. I also am a sucker for pretty bottles , and I loved their preppy, colorful New England labels that made me think of long summer days spent by the ocean. Gooseneck Vineyards is also ‘local’ to me, only about an hour drive in Wickford, Rhode Island. Looking forward to vising them soon, and in the meantime stocking up on some delicious bubbles for special occasions…or just Sunday mimosas!

Duckhorn Vineyards is located in Napa Valley, California, and they know their reds! I’m not usually a Merlot drinker, but even their Merlot is superb. The Cabarnet Sauvignon is my favorite, and pairs perfectly with a charcuterie board… or Thanksgiving dinner!

FOOD: I’m a pescatarian, so I didn’t get to try all the scrumptious treats that were offered by the many restaurants at the event. I did have an unfortunate incident of trying beef tartar, thinking it was ahi tuna.. but kuddos to the chef, because it looked so good, my eyes were bigger than my brain that never asked what I was eating. Anywho, there was plenty of other things to try, and here are my two favorites.

They had two samples, and I got to try the smoked bluefish pâté in a cannoli with caviar. I’m sure there is a prettier name for what I had, but it was DELISH! Who knew you could put bluefish into a cannoli shell!? Encore Boston Harbor is a new casino that features several restaurants. I’m so looking forward to visiting. Can we get JT to perform there too? Because I’m so in!

They had a super tasty chowdah, and even though it had little bits of pancetta, I couldn’t help but have a few bites. I was also ogling over the whole menu. I love seafood, and this place clearly knows how to do seafood well. Another bonus, they have two locations. One in East Boston, and one is Marina Bay, where we often go. Looking forward to a whole meal there soon.

TREATS: There were cookies, donuts, specialty chocolates and caramels, and so much more. Pretty much, anything your heart desired, I bet you’d find it at the MV Food and Wine Fest. But if I had to narrow down the different treats I tried, these were my two favorites.

I’m a savory kind of girl. While I love sweets too, I will always choose salty first. Literally. Sel Marin imports salt from France, and I’m telling you, a little salt of some radishes or cukes, is so good! They had different varieties, and I tried them all.

This was the first thing I had a bite of when we walked in, and also the last! Who doesn’t love donuts? Especially when they are soft, and fluffy, and coated in sugar? If you’re on island, stop at their location in Vineyard Haven to try some donuts + pizza… a match made in heaven!

The MV Food and Wine fest is definitely the place to be for the culinary experience. But I also love it, because it is so much fun to socialize and meet people. I loved seeing friends from the Vineyard, running into a group of hilarious ladies from the year before, connecting with some social media mamas who I have been chatting with for months, and of course making new connections!

I’m already planning for MV Food and Wine Festival 2020 and I hope you can join me there!


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