Sam Sifton, food editor and columnist for The New York Times, will take the stage at 2 p.m. on Oct. 24 as part of a long weekend of culinary events known as the Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival.

Mr. Sifton, the founding editor of the all-digital NYT Cooking and an influential force in food-related social media, “may be the most-read journalist writing about food today,” said Jane Seagrave, publisher of the Vineyard Gazette Media Group, which is sponsoring the talk.

He joins Susie Middleton, a popular Island cookbook author and editor of the website and newsletter Cook the Vineyard, for a conversation at the Harbor View Hotel. The event will be followed by a reception.

Organized and presented by the Edgartown Board of Trade, the festival includes a variety of dinners, tastings and talks. Still a month away, several of the festival’s events have already sold out.

That still leaves close to 30 events to choose from between Oct. 23, when the festival opens with a Fresh Off the Farm celebration at Agricultural Hall in West Tisbury and Oct. 27, when it closes with final-day brunches.

Tickets are now available at for All the Food that’s Fit to Eat, where Mr. Sifton and Ms. Middleton will talk about food writing and the rise of food-related media in the online-sharing era.

Mr. Sifton writes the daily Cooking email newsletter for the Times, which includes recipes and inspiration. Ms. Middleton’s weekly Cook the Vineyard newsletter combines new recipes with the best food articles from all Vineyard Gazette Media Group publications. It is sponsored by Cronig’s Markets, the Net Result and LeRoux at Home.

Following their conversation, a reception will pair dessert wines with three kinds of freshly-baked cookies prepared by Harbor View executive chef Patrice Martineau and the Island’s Pie Chicks.

Along with a Vineyard-inspired Cranberry Crumble Bar and the Harbor View’s new Roxy’s Rainbow Cookie, the menu pays tribute to Mr. Sifton and the New York Times with the famed New York City Black & White Cookie.

Other notable events on the festival schedule include a Thursday afternoon tasting of hard-to-find reserve wines in the newly-refurbished Edgartown Yacht Club; a red wine and fudge tasting at Murdick’s in Edgartown Friday and Saturday’s Grand Tasting at the Winnetu in Katama (VIP tickets are sold out but general admission is still available).

Not every activity revolves around food and wine. A Spirited Yoga class at the Harbor View Saturday morning is followed by nothing stronger than a glass of kombucha, while a Brunch Run from Katama General Store offers the opportunity to work off some of the intake over a five or 10-kilometer route.

Sunday’s final-day events begin at 10 a.m. with champagne and doughnuts at Rosewater Market and a jazz brunch at the Harbor View’s Bettini restaurant. Brunch at the Winnetu’s Dunes restaurant and a second seating at Bettini begin at 11:30.

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