Food and Wine Festival donates to Island Grown Schools

The MVFWF Committee/EBT Board of Directors presented a check for $2,500 to Island Grown Schools. Left to right: Erin Ready, Melinda DeFeo, Core Group Member with Island Grown, Christina Cook, President Edgartown Board of Trade, Annie Cooke-Ennis, Tina Miller and Elizabeth Rothwell. — Photo by Sydney Mullen

The Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival ended its four-day event with the presentation of a check for $2,500 to its beneficiary, Island Grown Schools (IGS).

IGS, the Vineyard’s farm-to-school program, is part of the Island Grown Initiative, which seeks to raise a new generation of Vineyarders who are connected to local farms and farmers, empowered to make healthy eating choices, informed about the food system, and engaged in growing food for themselves and their families, according to a press release.

“This year’s festival was extremely successful” said Christina Cook, President of the Edgartown Board of Trade and chairman of the Food & Wine Festival committee. “It was a proud moment to be part of a true community initiative, and partnering with IGS was the real substance behind what this is all about. We are most grateful to the business communities here on the Island and to our sponsors.”

The festival was created to enhance tourism on the Island and to support and promote Island initiatives through broad-based community involvement, according to event organizers.

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