Good Taste: Christmas in Edgartown edibles

Sweets lovers have two chances to participate in Felix Neck's Gingerbread House Workshops at 10:30 am and 1 pm on December 10.
File photo by Susan Safford

Sweets lovers have two chances to participate in Felix Neck's Gingerbread House Workshops at 10:30 am and 1 pm on December 10.

If balmy 50-degree weather has thrown your holiday spirit off kilter, this weekend’s Christmas in Edgartown festivities might help.

Coastal Living magazine listed Christmas in Edgartown as one of their Top 10 Holiday Celebrations, alongside the Christmas Boat Parade in Newport Beach, California; Christmas New Orleans Style in Louisiana; and the Holiday Train in Alaska.

Most of Edgartown’s shops will be open, enticing shoppers with fudge (Murdick’s), English chocolates and tea (Jack Wills), mimosas (Island Outfitters) and cookies (Alex and Ani’s). What’s better than sipping and nibbling your way through holiday shopping? From inn tours to wine tastings, there are things to do, places to see, and food to eat from Friday morning until Sunday evening.

After the annual lighting of the Edgartown Lighthouse on Friday from 5:30 to 6:30 pm, head over to the Edgartown National Bank for their annual wine and cheese party with chances to win raffle prizes.

Murdick’s Fudge will be open all weekend offering free samples and hot chocolate. If you have little ones in tow, consider the Gingerbread House workshops at Felix Neck. Call 508-627-4850 to register. After the holiday parade at 11 am on Saturday, check out Espresso Love’s cookie-tasting contest from 2 to 5 pm.

For adult indulgences, Soigné is hosting a wine tasting with complimentary hors d’ouvres at 3 pm on Saturday. Then stop in at Sharky’s for A Grand Taste of Christmas from 4 to 6 pm. The winter wonderland-themed patio, decorated by Donaroma’s, is sure to be festive. A $10 donation allows you to enjoy wines from Commonwealth Wine and Spirits, coffee and Kahlua pairings, and samples of the Martha’s Vineyard Chowder Company’s award-winning chowder. Speaking of chowder, the 27th annual Chowder Contest takes place from 12 noon to 2 pm, also on Saturday, in the Mini Park on Main Street. Stop by for samples of some of the Island restaurants’ best chowders.

The annual Christmas tree lighting is on the village green at 5 pm on Saturday, but be sure to stop in at Edgartown Meat and Fish before or after, as they’re offering samples of a holiday roast selection, and more, from 4 to 6 pm. Complete with a carving station to get you ready for your holiday party, a wine tasting, Starbucks holiday treats, and samples from A Savory Pie Company, the $4 donation will benefit Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard.

Rise and shine on Sunday morning and head to breakfast with Santa at The Wharf. Call 508-627-9966 for information; $8 for adults and $4 for children in which proceeds go toward the Jim Lambert Memorial Scholarship Fund.

From 10 am to 2 pm, the Harbor View Hotel is hosting their Grand Holiday Brunch with an omelet station, salad station, raw bar, desserts, and more. Prices are $28 for adults $14 for children. Call 508-627-7000 for reservations and information.

Lattanzi’s will close the weekend’s festivities with a Tuscan wine dinner in front of the fireplace. Call 508-627-9084 for details and reservations.

While meandering, keep in mind that Alchemy and Atria will also be open, ready to welcome weary shoppers with food and drink. In Atria’s festively decorated brick cellar, there are promises of Santa in the photo booth.