The Martha’s Vineyard Food and Wine Festival takes place this year from June 6 to 9 with tastings, private dining experiences and new master classes.

Award-winning chefs Jonathan Waxman, Amanda Freitag, Jenner Tomaska, Caroline Schiff, Savid Standridge and Joe Sasto will spearhead the lineup of over 50 local and international chefs.

“This year is about building out some really special events,” event producer Adam Epstein said. “You have James Beard chefs working with established top Vineyard chefs and creating something really remarkable.”

In addition to food and wine, there will be culinary tours. — Ray Ewing

New this year are master classes taught by local and national experts, along with immersive Island experiences. Cottage City Oysters will hold a class titled Shucking 101: The Art of Oyster Mastery, with attendees going out on the water to view oyster farms and be introduced to the history of oyster farming.

“We run oyster tours throughout the season so this is pretty much going to be like that,” said Dan Martino, co-owner of Cottage City Oysters. “What’s nice is with this festival, it’s with people who are generally interested in food. They are foodies to begin with. And it will be super cool to all geek out on food together.”

The festival was most recently held in October, when it was brought back for the first time post-pandemic.

“Last year was proving the concept again and making sure it was still something the Island could support,” Mr. Epstein said.

Challenges that occurred in October, such as unpredictable weather, contributed to the decision to move the festival to the summer.

Mr. Epstein said he is most excited about the private dining experiences,

“The private dinners is the thing I’m focusing on as the can’t miss events,” he said. “If you’re into fine dining, that’s really the essence of what we’re trying to do, trying to make intimate dining experiences using locally sources food with people at the top of their game and partnering with the best Island culinary teams.”

Mr. Martino said he is looking forward to the whole experience.

“What a great opportunity the festival is,” Mr. Martino said. “To give an outlet to all the local farms and organizations to showcase what we’re doing.”

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