The Taste of the Vineyard, still pleasing after 28 years

Back row: Liz Mackell, Ray Ellis, Scott and Katie Biggers. Front row: sisters Charlotte and Katherine Alden. — Photo by David Welch

Stormy weather did not restrain hundreds of spirited Taste of the Vineyard Gourmet Stroll attendees Thursday. The rain held off early in the evening, and approximately 1,200 delighted Taste-goers sampled food and drinks from 93 vendors — everything from craft cocktails and beer to black truffle sliders and filet mignon tartare, all under tents at the Dr. Daniel Fisher House in Edgartown.

The Sultans of Swing’s 17-piece band, seven vocalists including Edgartown’s Joanne Cassidy, two drummers including Jerry Bennett himself, two pianos, three horns, two guitars, and a bass, played everything from oldies like “You Make Me Want to Shout” to the new Daft Punk tune “Get Lucky.”

The annual Taste of the Vineyard Patrons Dinner Dance and Auction was Saturday evening, also at the Dr. Daniel Fisher House. The big auction item of the night was a painting by Edgartown’s Ray Ellis, which sold for $210,000.

The two events raised money for the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust, which preserves and manages Vineyard landmarks such as The Flying Horses and the Old Whaling Church. For more information, visit