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MASSACHUSETTS | MARTHA’S VINEYARD

MARTHA’S VINEYARD FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL Oct. 23-27

Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival MARTHA’S VINEYARD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE; JOSH ROBINSON-WHITE

Beyond the Beach Island festivals offer something for almost every taste

If you’re looking to avoid the summer crowds and enjoy a quieter weekend, this tasty festival brings in top names from the culinary world, but generally keeps it local with a focus on the Vineyard’s rich traditions of farming and fishing. On tap for this year’s event are delicacies prepared by chef Patrice Martineau of Bettini Restaurant and Roxana Bar at MV’s Harbor View Hotel; Colin Lynch, chef and partner at Boston’s Bar Mezzana; and Justin Perdue, group executive chef for boutique hotelier Lark Hotels. Tickets for the Grand Tasting are $150 for general admission, $200 for VIP; the opening event, Fresh off the Farm, is $75. A portion of the proceeds benefits Island Grown Schools and the Agricultural Society’s Farmers Program. ▶ mvfoodandwine.com

MARTHA’S VINEYARD AFRICAN-AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL Aug. 5-10 The Run&Shoot Filmworks festival, entering its 17th year, has promoted and screened many outstanding films produced by and starring African-Americans, including Spike Lee, who is scheduled to appear at this year’s event. This summer, the Oprah Winfrey Network will be screening its newest drama series, David Makes Man, as well as the returning series Greenleaf. Discounted all-access passes are available for $300 through Aug. 5, with day passes starting at $80. ▶ mvaaff.com

By Valentina Valentini

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ARTHA’S VINEYARD IS KNOWN for its soft, sandy beaches and plentiful seafood shanties, but the island also hosts a bevy of cultural celebrations that include food, drink, the arts and even agriculture. If you’re planning a trip to the island, consider adding one of these events to your itinerary:

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