Working up our appetite for the Taste of the Vineyard 2015

Fueled by tasty treats, dancers responded energetically to the upbeat tunes of the Sultans of Swing in 2014. — Photo by Angelina Godbout

It seems that tickets to the Taste of the Vineyard are more coveted than a parking space in downtown Edgartown in August. As soon as they go on sale, that’s how soon they are gonet; this year they sold out in a mere 12 hours. If you want them, you have to be quick, and it helps to be a member of the the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust, a membership some people obtain for the sole purpose of having access to Taste tickets. For those attending, and those still trying to hustle for any remaining tickets, here are our top tips from locals on how best to enjoy the popular event:

“Try and stay sober! But seriously to all the young folk, take it easy and enjoy the food and drinks. Let your elders through the crowds; there is no need for pushing.” — Melanie Rankow Prescott, client account specialist, Edgartown

“Make sure to eat something before attending — and wear comfortable, flat shoes. Leave the four-inch heels for another night in town!” — Sydney Mullen, general manager at Chappaquiddick Beach Club

“Ditch the large purses, and bring an evening bag with a shoulder strap to leave your hands free, so you can easily eat, sip, and dance the night away!” — Elizabeth Rothwell, regional director of marketing, Scout Hotels

This year, the event boasts more than 85 participants in both the food and drink category, and will feature music by the Sultans and photography by Joe Mikos. This will be the 30th year for the event, which was started by the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust as a fundraiser to restore the Flying Horses Carousel back in the day.

“It’s very gratifying to be a part of this amazing event, which local Island restaurants have been a part of for the same 30 years we have been doing the event. Chilmark Chocolates, Murdick’s Fudge, L’Etoile, and the Wharf have been in attendance for 30 years!” said Chris Scott, executive director of the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust.

Today, it’s become the most highly anticipated food event on-Island, and the most important annual fundraiser for the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust, the charitable organization that keeps many of our Island landmarks, including the Flying Horses Carousel, the Old Whaling Church, Alley’s General Store, and others, in pristine condition.

Did you get a ticket to the Taste? Tweet us at @themvtimes and let us know what you are most looking forward to.

The 30th annual Taste of the Vineyard, Thursday, June 18, 6:30 pm, on the Dr. Daniel Fisher House lawn, Edgartown. For additional information, visit