The Martha’s Vineyard Food and Wine festival returns next week for its 12th year, beginning Wednesday Oct. 23 and running through Sunday Oct. 27. This year, in addition to benefiting taste buds, the festival will give a portion of its proceeds to Island Grown Schools, a part of the Island Grown Initiative, and the Agricultural Society’s Farmers Program

The festival is filled with food, wine and talks about food and wine. First up on Wednesday is Fresh Off the Farm, held at the Agricultural Hall in West Tisbury and featuring local food cooked by local chefs.

And then it’s off for a culinary tour of the world, going grape by grape through various wine growing regions or letting the stomach lead the way to Italian themed dinners, Japanese inspired selections, a Lobsterpalooza, a Salumi extravaganza or Tacos and Tequila .

The choices are as wide as one’s palate. Sam Sifton, the New York Times food columnist and founding editor of NYT cooking, will give a talk at the Harbor View Hotel on Thursday at 2 p.m.

Some events are already sold out, sorry Daniel Boulud tickets have been snapped up, but plenty are still open, including The Art of Day Drinking, as if you needed pointers. But it is better to day drink with a crowd and a cocktail guru leading the way at the Cardboard Box in Oak Bluffs.

There is even a brunch run on Saturday morning to work up another appetite.

Then on Sunday wind down with Champagne & Donuts at Rosewater Market and Takeway or a choice of jazz brunches at the Harbor View or the Dunes.

For tickets and a full list of events, visit