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Martha's Vineyard Food & Wine Festival Highlights Local & off-island Culinary Talent

Organizers announce their celebrity chef line-up and featured event details.
June 05, 2014


EDGARTOWN, MA – June 05, 2014 – Showcasing the best and brightest, the Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival (MVF&WF) announces the area’s top chefs and an expanded line-up of events to the schedule. For a full schedule of events, visit:

MVF&WF will run from October 16 to October 19, 2014 under the direction of its new Festival Director, AJ Williams. The Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival was created by the Edgartown Board of Trade to enhance tourism on the Island and to support and promote Island initiatives through broad-based community involvement.

With over 15 interactive events, the seventh annual Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival will include cooking demonstrations from acclaimed chefs like the blue-haired Jason Santos and Vineyard’s own Chris Fischer of The Beach Plum Inn. Food and wine events will headline chefs Christopher Coombs, Will Gilson, and Rachel Klein, and the Vineyard’s Judy Klumick; as well as wine personalities Joseph Carr, Aimee Cronin, Lisa Kaplan, Dan Michaud and Dominick Purnomo.

This year’s festival features four signature events:

Fresh off the Farm - Thursday, Oct 16, 2014: A special farm-to-table tasting featuring everything Martha’s Vineyard.

This year’s format will feature Island chefs and farmers in a dine-around environment with wine or beer pairings. Chef Nathan Gould of Water Street at the Harbor View Hotel, chef/farmer Daniel Sauer of 7a foods, chef Bernadette Cormie from Herring Run Kitchen, chef Gina Stanley of Art Cliff Diner, and chef Jan Buhrman of Kitchen Porch Catering are just a few of the many. Enjoy the music of one of Martha’s Vineyard’s favorite bands, Good Night Louise!

Annual Sommelier Throw Down -Friday, Oct 17, 2014: Where wine personalities compete for the best pairings with a featured menu.

Three wine personalities will try to out do each other pairing wines featured at the Festival with four small plates. Award-winning celebrity chef Rachel Klein of Liquid Art House, Boston’s newly opened restaurant-meets-art-gallery in Back Bay, will prepare a menu specially created for this Throw Down. Diners will serve as both judge and jury, selecting the ultimate winner. Vote for one of these featured sommeliers Dominick Purnomo, owner of dp, an American Brasserie and the Chef-Sommelier & Maitre d’hotel of Yono’s Restaurant, Joseph Carr, Napa Valley Vintner, recognized as “The Negociant of the Napa Valley,” and lastly Dan Michaud, founding MVF&WF wine partner and Grand Tasting Master of Ceremonies.

Gourmet Wine Cellar - Friday, Oct 17, 2014: An exclusive and elegant gourmet dinner for collectors of fine wine.

The Gourmet Wine Cellar features 16 wine personalities and a gourmet menu prepared by acclaimed chefs Nathan Gould of Water Street at the Harbor View Hotel, chef Robert Sisca of Boston’s Bistro du Midi, and New York chef Filippo Gozzoli of A Voce restaurant, recent recipient of Wine Spectator's highest honor – the Grand Award. The event begins with a pre-cocktail reception featuring a wine from the Ruby Wines spirit portfolio. Guests will dine at tables of 12. Each table will feature 2 wine personalities pouring exclusive wines from their cellar to pair with the menu. Perfect for food and wine enthusiasts.

Grand Tasting - Saturday, Oct 18, 2014: A tented and expanded tasting featuring food demonstrations with top chefs.

The Grand Tasting is truly the most exciting culinary event of the year. Taste and sip, as you will enjoy access to top culinary chefs from Martha’s Vineyard, Boston, and New York! Sip wines from around the world from the Ruby Wines portfolio. The Grand Tasting, held on Mayhew Lane, features over 300 winemakers, spirits, breweries, gourmet foods, restaurants, and a backdrop of sailboats and the spectacular Vineyard shoreline. The highlights of the Grand Tasting are the chef demonstrations featuring a line-up of celebrity chefs and wine parings.


Additional details will be announced throughout 2014. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, July 1, at 10 am EST. For more information, visit the Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival website: For more information about the Festival, sponsorship, partnership, naming rights, etc., please contact AJ Williams at


About the Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival

The Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival (MVF&WF), October 16 to October 19, 2014, celebrates the best that the island of Martha’s Vineyard has to offer: a local food culture rich in tradition, award-winning chefs. The four-day event, praised as one of the 2013 “Top 10 Festivals to Taste” by Forbes Travel Guide, infuses homegrown flavor with the most celebrated chefs, culinary professionals, and winemakers in the world. A portion of the proceeds from the Festival benefit Island Grown Schools and Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society’s Farmers Program. IGS comes under the Island Grown Initiative umbrella and is the Vineyard’s farm?to?school program which seeks to raise a new generation of Vineyarders who are connected to local farms and farmers, empowered to make healthy eating choices, informed about the food system, and engaged in growing food for themselves and their families. Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society’s Farmers Program is an organization that provides funding to island farmers.

The Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival, is hosted by the Edgartown Board of Trade and produced by AJ Williams Events. For more information about the Festival, visit or call 617-267-2244. For more information about Island Grown Schools visit, For the Edgartown Board of Trade, visit

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