It’s wine time in Edgartown this weekend

The fifth annual MV Wine Fest returns, May 11–14.

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Over 400 wineries will participate in the MV Wine Fest May 11–14. —Randi Baird

For the fifth consecutive year, the MV Wine Fest returns to the Island to showcase world-class wines in Edgartown from May 11 to 14. The four-day celebration will feature wines from the U.S. as well as Bordeaux, Burgundy, Tuscany, Piedmont, Rioja, and more. The MV Wine Fest also provides the opportunity to enjoy the culinary talents of Island chefs such as John Thurgood, Carolyn King of the Edgartown Yacht Club, Gavin Smith of Food Minded Fellow, and Randy Rucker of State Road in unique, intimate settings. Chefs will be asked to prepare the perfect pairings at private, in-home wine dinners, cooking competitions, and farm tours. The fest culminates with a tented grand tasting event on the grounds of the historic Kelley House.

Looking to get in on the fun? There’s still time to purchase tickets. Here are some highlights of what’s in store:

Friday, May 12; 4–6 pm: Real Men Drink Pink Rosé wines aren’t just for the ladies — discover a wide range of rosé wines while enjoying the picturesque porch at Chesca’s in Edgartown. Discover new favorites and meet brand representatives while enjoying delicious pairing bites provided by Chesca’s. Tickets $50.

Saturday, May 13; 11 am–1 pm: Burgers & Bubbles Start by sipping chilled Veuve Clicquot champagne and slurping down fresh Cottage City Oysters while walking the grounds of the Martha’s Vineyard Museum in Edgartown. Then enjoy the burger creations of three chefs, including locals Ralston Francis of the Edgartown Diner and private chef Gavin Smith. Vote for your favorite burger and watch the winning chef take home a new DCS Professional Grill. Tickets $75.

Saturday, May 13; 3–6 pm: Grand Tasting Under the tent at the Kelley House, more than 400 wineries will convene to present their best wines and spirits. Meet the winemakers and taste their efforts, while pairing the wine with delectable locally made foods from some of the best Island restaurants, including Detente, the Terrace, and Right Fork Diner. The Grand Tasting will also include a silent auction, with proceeds benefiting the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School culinary department. Tickets are $125, but Gilt City is currently offering them for $89 at http://gi.lt/2oVLiuc.

Saturday, May 13: Barbeque & Brews Taste some of the best New England beers along with lamb tacos at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. Chef Dan Whalen of the Food in My Beard will be cooking with lamb from the American Lamb Board, and using hand-pressed, locally made tortillas from Backyard Tacos. Participating breweries include Wash Ashore Beer, Peak Organic Brewing Co., Brooklyn Brewery, Farmer Willie’s Ginger Beer, and Stony Creek Brewery. $50.

For additional information and tickets, visit themvwinefestival.com.