About

An Island tradition since 1996, The Nantucket Wine & Food Festival is known as one of the nation's most celebrated wine and food events. Whether participating as a luminary, sponsor, volunteer, or attendee, people from across the globe flock to the island of Nantucket every spring to be part of this exquisite annual event. The festival engages the island community and embraces the unique island style. We invite you to learn about the various opportunities to get involved and hope that you will join us for our 21st Annual Nantucket Wine & Food Festival.

History

30 miles off the coast of Cape Cod – the world’s historic whaling capital becomes the nation’s wine capital every May. Famous for its vast array of featured winemakers and talent, the Nantucket Wine Festival began in 1996 as a one-day Grand Tasting event held on the beach in Siasconset, the eastern-most tip of the island. 

With the help of island purveyors, restaurants and retailers, founder Denis Toner created what would become one of the most prestigious events of its kind. When the first vintners arrived to the island and bottles were uncorked, a magical tradition was launched. The festival now draws over 3000 attendees to the island for this annual spring fête and boasts a continually growing family of vintners, wineries, renowned chefs and restaurants. 

While it has come a long way since its inauguration 21 years ago, the Nantucket Wine & Food Festival still remains boutique in style and intimate in its setting, true to its original roots.