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Martha's Vineyard Food & Wine Festival Announces 2008 Schedule of Chefs and Vintners

10th August, 2008

Maggie White, president of The Edgartown Board of Trade, today announced the schedule of events for the 2008 Martha's Vineyard Food & Wine Festival. From October 17 - 19, visitors and residents are invited to attend cooking demonstrations, food & wine tastings, culinary seminars, and wine dinners featuring the area's finest chefs, farmers, and specialty food purveyors. This distinguished group will host more than 13 events all highlighting fresh, local ingredients.

Festival Opening Reception - Friday, October 17

The Food & Wine Festival will begin on Friday, October 17, at 5:00 p.m. with a reception at the Martha's Vineyard Museum - Small Plates from the Grill Grates. BBQ experts Andy Husbands, chef/owner of Tremont 647 in Boston, and Dante de Magistris, chef/owner of Dante in Cambridge and the soon-to-open Il Casale in Belmont, will grill island-raised meats, seafood, and produce for guests to sample. Wine historian Nina Wemyss will pour a selection of vintages chosen to accompany the smoky, subtle flavors of BBQ. Guests can place bids on cases of rare wines during a silent auction while listening to live jazz music by Jeremy Berlin. Tickets are $100 and proceeds will benefit the Martha's Vineyard Museum.

Culinary Seminars - Saturday, Oct. 18

Culinary experts will present seminars in Edgartown galleries and restaurants on Saturday, October 18. Topics include chocolate and dessert wine pairings, beer and cheese, bread and olive oil, and a class on the lost art of mixing classic cocktails. Additional topics include sustainable seafood and the benefits -- and challenges -- of eating locally in New England.

Grand Tasting, Oct. 18 - Chefs, Vintners, and Cookbook Authors

On Saturday, October 18, from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., the Martha's Vineyard Museum will host the Grand Tasting. Distinguished island chefs, including Kevin Crowell of Detente, Christian Thornton of Atria and Anthony Saccoccia of The Grill on Main will demonstrate dishes prepared with local, in-season produce, meats, and seafood, highlighting each chef's distinctive style. Noted vintners will pour wines for guests including Rombauer Vineyards, Duckhorn Wine Company, Liberty School Wine, and C. Donatiello Winery. Five acclaimed cookbook authors, including Jessica Harris and Cathy Walthers, will conduct a book signing. Tickets are $100.

Farmers' Market and Brunch - Oct. 19

The Festival will close on Sunday, October 19, with a Farmers' Market and Brunch from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Local farmers will offer their fall harvest for sale. Guests can also purchase prepared brunch foods a la carte.

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