Martha’s Vineyard celebrates its farming and fishing heritage through its tradition of locally grown farm-to-table and ocean-to-table culinary experiences. Our Island chefs pride themselves on using local ingredients supplied by the Vineyard’s many small farms and fishermen. Vineyard food is often a culinary experience in itself — but like so many other things we do on the Island, we bring food to a whole new level. With these three culinary adventures – yes, adventures! – you get to experience Island food like never before.
Culinary & Garden Adventure: Jan Buhrman, the master caterer behind Kitchen Porch Catering, and John Bagnulo, MPH, PhD, naturalist, and nutritionist, team up to bring you a 3-day intensive culinary and garden adventure. The weekend will prepare you to grow healthier, fresher food in the most user-friendly way, making the most of limited space, extending your growing season, improving your soil, and ultimately improving your health. This class will help you choose what to grow, what varieties make the most sense, and what to do with the bounty so that it lasts you all year long. Learn how to take a 20′ x 20′ plot and transform it into a planted garden ready for summer! You will take away a plan for your own garden and plants ready to be planted, along with the confidence of gardening. Plus, each day Jan will teach you how to cook and preserve food right from your garden. April 25-27, 2014. Visit Kitchen Porch to register.
Farm. Field. Sea.: Wow your palette at this year’s intimate, experiential, soil-to-table experiences for foodie and adventure travelers. Partnering with local farmers and the Island’s top chefs, Farm. Field. Sea. invites guests behind the scenes for a hands-on experience of the Island’s unique, authentic food community. Supercharge your immersion in all aspects of growing, fishing, harvesting, and foraging for food and bring a fresh, local meal to the table. One-day event on June 14, and August 2. Two-day event October 25 & 26. Visit Farm. Field. Sea to register.
Local Wild Food Challenge: This October, the 5th annual Local Wild Food Challenge is going to rock the Vineyard. The challenge is to create the best dish using at least one wild ingredient from the Island. Past years have included wild mallard duck breast glazed with a mix of Chilmark cherries, crispy frog legs served in switchgrass crust and topped with pumpkin, sassafras and Irish moss mousse, venison sausage with chestnut and pear stuffing, beach plum vinaigrette over watercress salad, and countless others. The event is open to all. Visit Local Wild Food Challenge for more information.
Martha's Vineyard is perfect for adveture travelers and is truly a foodie's paradise. Come enjoy the bounty of our Island with one — or all! — of these culinary adventures.
And don't forget about Martha's Vineyard Restaurant Week, June 15 - 19! Check us out on Facebook for more details.
See you on the Vineyard!
You know that old saying about April Showers… but there’s no reason to let a little rain dampen your good time on the Island! No matter what time of year you visit, no one ever comes to Martha’s Vineyard hoping it will rain. But here’s why it’s actually a blessing in disguise if it does: There are so many great things to do on Martha’s Vineyard when it rains, things you might not otherwise make the time to enjoy! So if you find yourself on our magical Island during rainy weather, check out these fun activities.
Featherstone Center for the Arts: Featherstone is the premier destination for all things art on Martha’s Vineyard. Its campus is both beautiful and large, and offers a robust variety of classes and workshops year round for people of all ages. And don’t miss their great gallery openings!
Old Sculpin Gallery: Over 240 years old, this gallery and studio space is a piece of art in itself. It also offers children’s art classes and educational programs, and is home to Martha’s Vineyard Arts Association.
The Yard: If you still want to be active while it’s raining, stop in for a community dance class at The Yard! Not feeling motivated to move? Check out one of their performances instead. Either way, you’re sure to have a great time.
Beadniks: Looking for something fun and creative? Check out Beadniks, an activity-based bead store that specializes in unique beads and artifacts from around the world. Design jewelry right in the store! You can also take your beads to go.
Martha’s Vineyard Ice Arena: Lace up your skates or rent a pair onsite, and take a spin on the ice at MV Arena during their public skating hours throughout the week. Or, sign up to take a lesson.
Take a Swim – Indoors! Both the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard and the Mansion House Inn have indoor pools and offer day passes. You packed that bathing suit for a reason — use it!
These are just some of the many fun things to do on Martha’s Vineyard when it rains. You can also see a movie at one of the numerous Island theaters; visit the local libraries and bookstores; check out the Martha’s Vineyard Museum and the Aquinnah Cultural Center; shop the countless unique stores, or dine at any one of our incredible restaurants. Want help finding the best of everything? Be sure to check out MVY.com for all your planning needs.
So, you see, a little rain might just actually let you discover some of the best the Island has to offer.
See you on the Vineyard!
Photo Credit: Michelle Yao
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