This is a guest blog post by Marnely Murray, co-founder of the Martha's Vineyard Wine Festival. You can check out all the great things she's up to on her website, Cooking With Books.
The MV Wine Fest returns to the island of Martha’s Vineyard on May 11-14, 2017, on its fifth consecutive year as the kick-off event of the season on the island. A four day celebration that takes place in the historical yet contemporary town of Edgartown will focus extensively on featuring wines from the United States as well as wine-producing regions such as Bordeaux, Burgundy, Tuscany, Piedmont, Rioja, and more.
Featuring the talent of local chefs is a main staple of the MV Wine Fest, as wine is created for food and food is created for wine, the organizers John Clift and Marnely Murray are focused on pairing the incredible local talent to some of the best wineries. “As a festival, we want to make the intimate wine dinners the core of our events. Bringing wine makers from around the world to work with our chefs in creating an unforgettable menu that pairs exceptionally well with the wines is our goal”, states Ms. Murray. Being able to sit down at a table, to enjoy wine with the person that actually made said wine is an experience the MV Wine Fest wants to bring to their guests.
In 2017, the wineries that will be presenting at the festival include a distinguished variety, but not limited to: Merriam Vineyards, Rombauer Vineyards, Silver Oak Winery, Duckhorn Vineyards, Trifecta Wines, Flanagan Wines, Chateau d'Esclans, Knightsbridge Winery, Caymus Vineyards, and Landmark Vineyards. Small, intimate dinners will be hosted throughout the weekend where guests will be able to connect with wine makers and winery owners.
Other featured events will include:
• “Art of the Cocktail: Locally Crafted,” featuring top Martha’s Vineyard bartenders showcasing New Amsterdam gin and vodka in a friendly competition creating geo-specific island cocktails
• “Eco-Awareness: Oyster Safari,” (weather permitting) where guests will have a chance to meet and go on an adventure with local oystermen Cottage City Oysters, while learning about sustainability in the New England waters
• "Luminary Farm Dinner," at an exclusive location in Edgartown showcasing the work of Chef Matt O’Neill of The Blue Ox (http://www.theblueoxlynn.com) pairing a dinner to Rombaeur Vineyards, Silver Oak Wines, and Duckhorn Vineyards
• “Burgers & Bubbles,” a fun outdoor (weather permitting) event at the historical Martha’s Vineyard Museum lawn where guests will sip champagne and taste burgers from three chefs in order to vote for their favorite burgers
• “Oysters & Bubbles,” the event that culminates the weekend where attendees can relax while slurping back freshly shucked oysters from Cottage City Oysters while sipping on Chateau d’Esclans wines
The MV Wine Fest is an annual event that also has a philanthropic vision, donating 100% of the proceeds of their Silent Auction to the Martha’s Vineyard High School’s Culinary Arts Department. This silent auction takes place during the Grand Tasting on Saturday, May 13th and attendees will have a chance to engage in conversation with some of the culinary arts students present at the auction.
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Martha’s Vineyard is well known for its summer landscape of busy streets and packed beaches, but a little less known is the Island’s incredible arts and culture scene that culminates in the autumn. Fall for the Arts, now in its 5th year, highlights the incredible and one-of-a-kind events that only happen on Martha’s Vineyard in the fields of dance, film, performing arts, literature, theater, poetry, visual arts, culinary arts, and festivals.
Here’s just a little taste of what visitors can expect with an autumn getaway to Fall for the Arts on Martha’s Vineyard. For a complete schedule of events, be sure to visit the calendar of events.
Columbus Day Weekend, Oct 7 – 10
13th Annual Art of Chocolate Festival: Indulge your sweet tooth and artistic flare at this culinary and visual arts festival, held at Featherstone Center for the Arts.
Vineyard Artisans Festival: The Island’s longest running art festival that celebrates the crafts, arts, wares, and talents of only Island artists, for a genuine “made on the Vineyard” experience.
Local Wild Food Challenge: A culinary event for the true foodie, this event hosts professional and amateur chefs as they compete using local, wild ingredients found only on Martha’s Vineyard.
Oct 13 – 16
Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival: One of the most anticipated events not only of the fall but of the year! Created in such a way that allows you to build your own itinerary, this foodie festival brings together farmers, fisherman, oyster farmers, artisans, chefs, and vintners to create a truly unique Island experience.
Thanksgiving Weekend, November 25 – 26
Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society’s Annual Thanksgiving Concert: This stunning musical event features world-class musicians.
Small Business Saturday: Celebrate the unique, independent shops of Martha’s Vineyard on Small Business Saturday and receive holiday deals and specials on one-of-a-kind Vineyard items
Christmas in Edgartown, December 9 – 11
The 35th annual Christmas in Edgartown is a weekend-long festival you won’t want to miss! Come see what holiday magic is like on Martha’s Vineyard with the Lighting of the Edgartown Lighthouse, the Jewelry Jingle, holiday parade, holiday shopping like no other, and Breakfast with Santa.
To learn more about visiting Martha’s Vineyard in any season or to plan your trip, visit MVY.com.
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People often mistakenly think that “the season” on Martha’s Vineyard ends Labor Day, but boy is that wrong! Sure, most of the families with kids head off-Island and back to school, but the folks who come during the month of September are some of the luckiest visitors to Martha’s Vineyard.
Here are just a few reasons why:
1. Incredible Weather
September boasts some of the best weather of the year on Martha’s Vineyard. With a general decline in high heat and humidity, the Island enjoys warm, dry days. And since the waters have had all summer to heat up, they’re at their warmest temperatures of the year, which makes swimming simply magical. Plus, being located within the Gulf Stream allows for a lovely and gentle breeze.
2. Less Crowded Beaches
Speaking of amazing weather, September is the perfect time to hit up the beaches of Martha’s Vineyard! And with the majority of kids back to school, the beaches tend to have fewer crowds, which means more sand for you. What’s more, many of the private beaches that are “resident only” become open to the public during the month of September.
3. Great Deals
Peak season might be from Memorial Day to Labor Day, but that also means it’s peak prices on Martha’s Vineyard. Whether it be hotels, B&Bs, or countless unique and independent shops and galleries, prices generally begin to fall in September — making visiting the Island more affordable.
4. Easier to Get Dining Reservations
Visitors can often wait hours in August to get into the many award-winning restaurants on Martha’s Vineyard, but September guests don’t face this problem. Making a reservation at a delicious farm- and sea-to-table restaurant that sources outstanding local ingredients right from the Island is much easier to do in September.
5. Tons of Festivals
September is the month of festivals on Martha’s Vineyard! The first weekend kicks off with the Martha’s Vineyard Jazz and Blues Festival, then the month continues on with the Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival, the Martha’s Vineyard Wine Festival, the Wampanoag Powwow, the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass & Bluefish Derby, and the Martha’s Vineyard Craft Beer Festival. Plus, the month includes Fall for the Arts, an arts & culture campaign that kicks off in September and includes events hosted by the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, Featherstone Center for the Arts — including the incredible Iron on the Island event — Tivoli Day in Oak Bluffs, the Soul Summit at Lola’s, Pioneering Pizza by Farm.Field.Sea, and so much more.
So what are you waiting for? Head over to MVY.com to plan your September getaway to Martha’s Vineyard, and see for yourself why September is a favorite month here!
Written by Annabelle Hackney for Farm.Field.Sea.
Summertime on Martha’s Vineyard is a foodie wonderland for kids and parents alike. From that first taste of juicy strawberry in June to the last bite of sweet August corn, there is a plethora of natural wonder to be explored. For kids, summertime is meant to be a break from times tables and grammar lessons, but that doesn't mean the learning has to stop! Martha’s Vineyard has a rich history of agriculture and with over 42 working farms on the island, there is an exciting amount of food produced locally. We get giddy thinking how lucky we are to live within a quick ride to local produce, cheese, milk, fish, oysters and other yummy shellfish.
BUT we think the most exciting part of the plethora of fresh food producers on our island is getting to meet the folks who are working to bring the food to our plates. It’s their stories that make the journey so – well - inspiring. Did you know that the moist farming environment on Martha's Vineyard allows us to grow fruits and veggies you may not expect such as mushrooms and asparagus? Or that oysters have been performing miracles for our waters by cleaning and removing toxins to help maintain tip-top water quality for over 600 million years (disturbed only by the periodic ice age).
Have you tasted a strawberry directly from the field? Then you must check out the annual adventure with Morning Glory Farm, one of the islands most vibrant family farms. We will venture through their fields and taste 7+ varieties of the Athearn family’s strawberry summer bounty. Farm inspired crafts and activities will be curated for the kids, and there will be tons of strawberries for all to taste! After enjoying the field and its bounty, sit down for a family-style farm lunch alongside the farmers as they give us a fuller picture of what’s on our plate.
Around on Labor Day weekend? Spend the day Saturday on Chappy with us making your own wood fired oven pizza at Slip Away Farm. Slip Away Farm opens their fields to show you what being a young farmer is all about. Tour the farm and pick your ingredients straight from the field - think juicy tomatoes, carrots straight from the earth, and crispy kale. Kids will enjoy the hands-on experience so much they might not even mind they're eating vegetables. After rolling out homemade dough and firing up the wood-fire oven - take a seat for a 3-course lunch overlooking the rolling farm.
If you are looking for an unforgettable local experience that is both fun and informative take your kids on a knowledge driven foodie adventure with Farm. Field. Sea. This one-of-a-kind adventure invites both kids and adults behind the scenes with local farmers, fisherman, oyster folks, chefs and educators of Martha's Vineyard to taste and experience the food of the island like you have never experienced before.
Can’t make it to these two events? Farm. Field. Sea. hosts many more adventures from May to October, visit their website for more adventures and pop-up dinners that will set your summer plans on fire! More at farmfieldsea.com.
Spring on Martha’s Vineyard brings a burst of events in theater, music, galleries, agriculture, and culinary delights in what is known as SPRING FOR THE ARTS. Martha's Vineyard is the perfect place to witness a vibrant reawakening from a calm winter slumber, and enjoy a perfect Spring fling. Plus, the nice weather and reduced rates for lodging make visiting in the Spring even more appealing.
Here’s a highlight of some of the amazing events happening this season. Be sure to check the calendar for a full list of all events. And while you're here visiting, tune into the Island's newest radio station — one of only three reggae stations in the country! 105.5 FM WYOB hit the airwaves earlier this year, and is the soul of Martha’s Vineyard, the rhythm of the rock. Give it a listen!
Film, Food, and Friends on Friday, All April
This is truly a Vineyard experience, where someone opens their home to strangers for a night of entertaining. Author John Caedan is on Martha’s Vineyard while preparing the launch of his latest novel. Guests are invited to join him every Friday night as he makes a pot of outrageous soup, opens the door of his writer’s studio in Katama to five friends, and enjoy dinner and a movie. It’s an “all ages, all kinds, couples and singles” thing, with a focus on laughter, intelligent interaction, and new friends. Contact 303-325-3947
Night Heron Gallery Spring Opening
The Night Heron Gallery is Martha’s Vineyard’s only artist owned and operated cooperative gallery, featuring the work of 10 island artists, with the added and unique feature that one or more of the artists are always present. Come in and celebrate the joy of Vineyard art at as the gallery opens again for the season this April. More information at NightHeronGallery.com
Wicked Good Musical Revue, April 8 & 9, at Martha's Vineyard Playhouse
Led by Molly Conole and Peter Boak, and with the company of four other singers, the evening shows will highlight incredible talent and great singing. This extra special event's theme will be BY REQUEST, and is sure to be a wonderfully good time for all. More information at mvplayhouse.org
Vertical Influences: Ice-skating Performance, April 9, sponsored by The Yard
Head on over to the Martha’s Vineyard Ice Arena to enjoy a wonderful show by Le Patin Libre, a contemporary ice-skating performance company. Get up close and view this thrilling and serene performance. More info at DanceTheYard.org
Dinner & Comedy, April 15
Head over to the grand Harbor View Hotel and laugh, laugh, laugh your way into Spring with comedians Ryan Lehamn, Chris Zito, Stacy Kendro and Justin Hoff, but first enjoy a delicious culinary experience and views of the Edgartown Lighthouse. Or just come to the show! More info at Harbor-View.com
Exhibit Opening: “In the Giant’s Shadow - Vineyard Life During the Whaling Age” at Martha's Vineyard Museum, April 15
There was a time when nearly everyone on the Island was involved in whaling. It was one of the most important and lucrative businesses in the country, and it required the efforts of shipwrights, shopkeepers, candle makers, coopers, farmers, and many others to support the captains and seamen who took to the seas for the hunt. This exhibit will explore when whaling was the center of Martha’s Vineyard life. More info at MVMuseum.org
Sheepapalooza, April 16
A real Spring hoedown at The FARM Institute in Katama allows you to join others in a celebration of sheep and shepherds, local food, farming, and fiber. This annual events features sheep shearing, meeting newly born lambs, a sheep dog demos, wagon rides, and fiber arts such as spinning, weaving, dyeing, felting, and knitting. The day also includes local food by the Artcliff Diner Food Truck. More info at FarmInstitute.org
Daffodil Show and Spring Celebration, April 16
Wow yourself at the Polly Hill Arboretum with their vibrant daffodil show. Held at their Far Barn, the day showcases dozens of varieties. There will also be children’s arts and crafts and a guided tour will also be offered. More info at PollyHillArboretum.org
Red, Yellow and Blue: Color Mixing for Watercolor with Lynn Hoeft, April 16
Painting with watercolors can be frustrating if you end up with muddied colors, or just plain mud! In this one day workshop, you'll look at why transparent watercolor is so different from oils and acrylics and how to choose the brands, grades and pigments that give artists the best chance for success. More info at FeatherstoneArt.org
Yiddish Literature, April 17
Join the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center for readings and discussions on Yiddish Literature. Pre-registration is required. More info at Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center.
9th Annual Shearing Day at Island Alpaca, April 23
Over 60 alpacas are scheduled for shearing and public viewing at this wonderfully fun and unique Island event, where you will meet alpacas and enjoy a day with Island friends. More info at IslandAlpaca.com
PechaKucha Night, April 29
Devised in Japan in 2003 as an event for young designers to network, PechaKucha Night has since turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world — including Martha’s Vineyard. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for “chit chat,” it rests on a simple presentation format: show 20 images for 20 seconds each, making presentations rapid and concise. The event is sponsored by the Martha’s Vineyard Museum and held at the Harbor View Hotel. More info at MVMuseum.org
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Sure, the busiest season on Martha’s Vineyard is the summer, but that’s certainly not the only time to join us on our magical Island. The winter is one of the most beautiful times on the Vineyard. A quick and easy ferry ride of only 45 minutes sets the escapist tone of a wonderful winter getaway. And here are 10 reasons to make the trip! As always, be sure to visit our calendar to see all the events happening; more are added everyday.
1. Holiday Happenings
There is arguably no place more festive for the holidays than the Island of Martha’s Vineyard. With our quaint towns, all decorated in their own unique ways, and our incredible one-of-a-kind merchants, holiday shopping is simply the best on the Vineyard. And weekend-long events, like those that happen in Oak Bluffs, and Tiz the Season in Tisbury and Christmas in Edgartown, put even the scroogiest of scrooges into the holiday spirit. Santa's Oak Bluffs Open Market offer shoppers an opportunity to purchase unique gifts directly from the makers, enjoy live music and yummy food, and have pictures with Santa — for kids and pets alike! Plus, there’s free horse-drawn hayrides, a puppet parade, and an Old Fashioned Christmas at the Island’s oldest brewery. Enjoy horse-drawn hayrides, live music on Main Street, a free community viewing of The Polar Express at one of the Island’s oldest movie theaters, a Chanukah Celebration at the Hebrew Center, and so much more during Tiz the Season in the quaint town of Tisbury. Watch the lighting of the Edgartown Lighthouse, enjoy the annual Chowder Contest, visit the delightful holiday Teddy Bear Suite, have breakfast with Santa, and so much more during Christmas in Edgartown.
Photo: Max Bossman
2. New Year’s Celebrations
Martha’s Vineyard is the perfect place to bring in the New Year! Whether you prefer a quiet evening in, a year-end fabulous dinner out, or a fabulously lavish party that goes into the wee hours, the Island is where to be. With countless, romantic boutique inns and B&Bs, quietly saying hello to the new year with your significant other is magical on Martha’s Vineyard. Plus, with award-winning restaurants dotted throughout the Island, you’re sure to enjoy a fabulous “last meal” of the year. And if you like an all-out party on New Year’s, the Harbor View Hotel has got you covered with nosh, two dance floors, fireworks, and a midnight champagne toast.
3. Discounted Prices
It’s no secret that Martha’s Vineyard has a reputation as an expensive destination. And while there are budget-friendly options in every season, the prices never get better than in winter. Often, you can enjoy the same, high-end accommodations for a fraction of the price. So if you’ve ever wanted to see what the Island is like, but have had concerns about the cost, come on over in the winter! Sure, you can’t sunbathe, but winter walks on the beach are lovely. Trust us.
4. Winter Walks
Speaking of winter walks, the Island truly is a gem to discover by foot. With countless miles of walking trails throughout, Martha’s Vineyard practically begs you to go further, walk more, discover her less seen, inner beauty away from the towns and roads. Take a hike on your own, join Polly Hill Arboretum during the winter months to meander their 70-acre public garden to look for seasonal plants of interest, or go bird watching. The majestic snowy owl is often spotted on the Island, and is truly a sight to be seen!
5. Snowman on the Beach
Have you ever? If not, you should. There are few things quite as fun as building a snowman where you usually catch a sunburn.
Those miles of trails just mentioned? They’re also simply perfect for snowshoeing! This favorite outdoor winter activity is made even more fun if you choose a trail that leads to the beach. There’s something to be said for standing at the shoreline in snowshoes.
7. Island Art Classes
Martha’s Vineyard has a robust art scene, and winter is a wonderful time to dive right into the heart of it. The Island is lucky to have an incredibly active and vibrant art center, Featherstone Center for the Arts, which offers hands-on classes in all modalities throughout the winter. This is the perfect season to check into your inner artist and let your creativity flow — no experience needed!
8. Big Chili Contest
What would winter be without food? The Island heats up in January with the annual Big Chili Contest. The daylong event has been attracting crowds from off-Island for years, and there’s a reason for that: It’s a super fun party with live music, drinks, and (of course) chili — all done with an Island twist.
9. Annual 20 Miler & Amity Island Relay
The Martha’s Vineyard 20 Miler is a “must” race for die-hard runners of various levels. From highly competitive athletes looking for to test their readiness for Boston and other spring marathons, to dedicated recreational runners, this race offers the chance to combine a visit to one of the East Coast’s most beautiful shore communities with a race on a fast, USATF sanctioned course. But this event is fun for the less serious runners, too, as there’s also a partner “Amity Island Relay.” The Island becomes abuzz with visitors and it’s fun to cheer for the racers along the way.
10. Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival
Come for dinner, and stay for the show — all of them. The Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival runs from March 17-20, at the Chilmark Community Center. Enjoy the incredible lineup of movies, with the opportunity to speak with directors, editors, and members of the community. Moviegoers will also enjoy eclectic food, live music, and guided meditation.
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Martha’s Vineyard is known for a lot of reasons: picturesque beaches, stunning sunrises and sunsets, incredible water sports and outdoor activities, boating, fishing, biking, shopping, arts, culture, and not least of all, FOOD. With nearly 35 working farms, 10 oyster farms, 8 fresh fish markets, and dozens of farm-to-table restaurants, Martha’s Vineyard is a perfect place for today’s foodie. With such abundance, it’s hard to go wrong — but if you really want to get down and eat like a local, here’s how to do it.
1. Hit Up the West Tisbury Farmers Market
Twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays, you can discover the bounty of Martha’s Vineyard all in one simple location at the West Tisbury Farmers Market. Peruse the richest greens, veggies, and fruits you’re likely to see anywhere. Taste samples of sauces, salsas, oils, cheeses, baked goods — and shake the hand that feeds you at this iconic Vineyard market where farmers and foodies come together. You seriously can’t go wrong with anything you decide to bring home.
2. Grab Island-Made Yogurt from Mermaid Farm
Drive on up to the cutest self-serve farm stand in Chilmark for the best locally made yogurt you’ll ever have the pleasure of tasting. Mermaid Farm’s yogurt is the only yogurt made right here on the Island, and you can taste the magic of Martha’s Vineyard with every spoonful.
3. Indulge in Raw Milk and Craft Cheese from Grey Barn Farm Mosey on down the road a bit, and find your way to Grey Barn Farm. Not only is this barn’s design architecturally award-winning, but it’s also home to the Island’s most incredible craft cheeses and raw milk. Prufrock, oh Prufrock. Get to Grey Barn and you’ll be singing the same.
4. Grill up some Grass-Fed Beef from The FARM Institute
Acres and acres of beautiful farmland on the Island’s south shore makes for one incredible pasture at The FARM Institute, and a perfect place for cows to graze. Be sure to stop by this working farm, take a tour, and leave with some delicious grass-fed beef. It’s what’s for dinner.
5. Season It All With Martha’s Vineyard Sea Salt Photo: Martha's Vineyard Sea Salt
That’s right. Martha’s Vineyard’s Down Island Farm is home to the incredible production of Martha’s Vineyard Sea Salt. You’ll never have a tastier and fresher salt than theirs. Choose from flavors like Local Smoked Oak, Blueberry Honey, Lemon Dill, and of course, traditional sea salt. No matter what you use this outrageous salt of the sea on, your food will thank you for it.
6. Fresh-Caught Lobster Boil from NetResult
Why not let someone else prepare the lobster for you? For over 30 years, NetResult has been bringing Islanders super fresh lobsters and seafood. Plus, they’ll cook (and crack!) the lobster — done right with mussels and clams — right there at the market for you. Sit down at their outside picnic tables and dig in to this Vineyard tradition.
7. Raw Oysters from Larsen’s Fish Market
Head to the Island’s quaint fishing village of Menemsha and have the good folks at Larsen’s Fish Market shuck you a dozen local oysters. But warning: You’ll never be able to eat oysters anywhere but Martha’s Vineyard again, because these local treats are the best you will ever have.
8. Local Beef Burger at Scottish Bakehouse Photo: Scottish Bakehouse
Quite possibly the best burger on Martha’s Vineyard, this deliciousness hails from the unassuming Scottish Bakehouse in West Tisbury. Made fresh with local beef, Island greens, tomato, and mayo on a house-made English muffin, it’s beyond delicious in its simplicity. Pairing a burger with an English muffin may seem odd at first, but this is no regular English muffin — and it’s certainly no regular burger.
9. Enjoy a Locally Made Baked Treat from Morning Glory Farm
Don’t forget about the sweet treats of Martha’s Vineyard, so many of which are superbly done by Morning Glory Farm. From pies baked with in-season fruit, iconic banana bread, and fresh cookies, you could almost make dessert a meal in itself here! Insider’s tip: Swing by one of the local ice cream shops and pick some up to have with your pie. Heaven in the mouth.
10. Dinner Out at Any Number of Farm-and-Sea-to-Table Restaurants
One of the great things about Martha’s Vineyard is that you can be a local food lover and still treat yourself to a delicious meal out, because so many of the Island’s restaurants source local meats, fish, greens, and dairy from different farms around the Island. So sit back, enjoy a glass of wine or a signature cocktail, and let a chef prepare a perfect Island meal for you.
Interested in the ultimate foodie experience on Martha’s Vineyard? Check out the supreme culinary adventures offered by Farm.Field.Sea!
For more information on local eating and all things Martha’s Vineyard, be sure to visit our website, MVY.com.
Year-round, the rhythm of the arts keeps pace with the seasons, which means Spring brings explosions of color as well as theater, music, gallery exhibitions, and culinary delights for the wine lover, the micro-brew connoisseur, and even a cheese making experience. Martha's Vineyard has everything you want for a perfect Spring fling. Plus, you get to take advantage of nice weather and reduced rates for lodging.
1. Martha's Vineyard Wine Festival
This 4-day festival is like no other wine experience. Taking place Island-wide at various private homes and businesses, visitors enjoy perfect pairings of wine and food in one of the most beautiful settings in the world, Martha's Vineyard. Some of the events of the wine festival include an Opening Reception at the iconic Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown, various themed wine dinners at local restaurants and private homes, specialty events like "Real Men Drink Pink," the Great Beer Challenge, a creative Cocktail Competition, a Bloody Mary Brunch, a VIP Grand Tasting, Oysters & Champagne, and so much more!
2. Pink & Green Weekend
Now in its 4th year, Pink & Green Weekend celebrates Spring and Mother's Day with numerous fun-filled events, including a Pink & Green Adult Prom, a local pub crawl, Mother's Day brunches, a pink & green dog show, themed sales at independent merchants, a Cirque Du Pink & Green plant show that transforms an Island nursery into a circus, plus so much more!
3. Shellfish Extravaganza
Also in its 4th year, the Martha's Vineyard Shellfish Extravaganza and Chowder Contest celebrates the bounty of Vineyard seas. This fundraiser, for the Martha's Vineyard Shellfish Group, helps maintain the quality and sustainability of shellfish on the Island, which is one of the Vineyard's most prominent industries. Slurp deliciously sweet local oysters, enjoy chowders made by some of the premier chefs on the Island, and dance the night away to Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish, one of the best local bands. The Shellfish Extravaganza is a true Vineyard experience. More info here.
4. Oak Bluffs Open Market
Part farmers market, part flea market, part street food festival, the Oak Bluffs Open Market brings together some of the best vendors the Island has to offer. Guests can purchase incredible local products made, grown, and crafted right here on Martha's Vineyard. From vegetables, to local sea salt and Island-made chocolate, plus clothing, face painting, live music, and even tarot card readings, the Oak Bluffs Open Market creates its own unique vibe and is a great place to sample much of what Martha's Vineyard has to offer. Plus, it's held in Washington Park, which overlooks the Oak Bluffs Harbor - so you get all this and a great view.
5. Farm.Field.Sea's Cheese-Making Workshop
The workshop kicks off with a tour of the working farm at The FARM Institute to see their vibrant gardens, meet their loved animals, and learn the history of the farming on Martha’s Vineyard. From there, guests head to the kitchen with Grey Barn Farm’s head cheesemaker, Jacqueline Foster, to dive right in to making their own fresh ricotta and mozzarella from the milk just outside the door. The day will culminate with an alfresco lunch on the farm and a tour of six New American cheeses, discussing the styles and flavors of Farmstead varieties. This event is a culinary traveler's delight! More info here.
6. Fiber Folks: Come see what Fiber Folks is all about! Taking place at the iconic Agricultural Hall in West Tisbury, Fiber Folks is a chance to get together and meet other hand-crafters. Whether you're an ol' pro or just beginning, join others for knitting, spinning, rug hooking, quilting, and more. Fiber arts are alive and well on Martha's Vineyard!
7. Nature as Inspiration, Environmental Film Festival: Does life imitate art, or does art imitate life? At the 1st annual Environmental Film Festival, the Martha's Vineyard Film Society and the Vineyard Conservation Society bring viewers films inspired by nature, created by renowned environmental filmmaker, Jacques Perrin. The 4-day event will feature over six viewings, an opening reception, Q&A with the filmmaker, and a champagne reception. Nature and the arts; it doesn't get more Vineyard than that!
8. Chamber Music Society's Spring Concert: The Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Society kicks off the season with one of their most popular and well attended events of the year - the Spring Concert! Come listen to the melodic sounds of distinguished musicians with an ensemble of clarinet, viola, and piano. The event takes place at the beautiful and historic Whaling Church in Edgartown.
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