Located on the island of Nantucket, this boutique experience of world class wines and award winning food will forever change you. Over the past 21 years, the Nantucket Wine & Food Festival has become one of the most celebrated wine and food events in the country.  


Special Events

Off the beaten track from the mainstay events, we feature special experiences in food and wine.

Tickets to the NWF Special Events will go on sale on January 16, 2018.

Here is a sample of the Special Events offered in 2017. Please check back in January 2018 to see the schedule of events for 2018 and to purchase tickets.

BUBBLES & BALANCE Champy Founder and television personality, Jenny Johnson joins forces with local yogi, Ieva Aldins and Nantucket BlACKbook's, Holly Finigan for a one hour yoga class followed by sparkling wine and breakfast nibbles provided by 45 Surfside Bakery & Cafe.

TOPPER’S Wine Luncheon - Vive La France! Celebrate French Culture and History with LOUIS XIII! Our fascination with French culture and history dates back for centuries.  Join Wine Educator Robin Kelley O'Connor, and NWF Founder Denis Toner for an educational, delicious and historic journey through France with wine pairings and an exquisite menu designed by TOPPER'S Executive Chef, Kyle Zachary. The lunch will consist of three courses paired with prestigious wines of Burgundy and Bordeaux, the pairings classic French. Before the dessert course,  guests are invited to celebrate the heritage and the history of LOUIS XIII, the finest cognac ever produced.  From the origins in the Grande Champagne vineyards to the blend of 1,200 aged eaux-de-vie, to your seaside luncheon at TOPPER'S …. the afternoon will seem to never end.  Transportation to the restaurant in Wauwinet will be provided from the White Elephant. Featured Wines: Champagne Gosset Blanc de Blancs NV• Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru, Clos St. Jean 2014• Château de Meursault Pommard 1er Cru, Clos de Epenots 2014

LOUIS XIII Experience - One Century in a Bottle Ignite your senses!  Join us at The Great Harbor Yacht Club to celebrate the heritage and history of LOUIS XIII, the finest cognac ever produced. LOUIS XIII dates back to the 19th century. What better setting than the historic island of Nantucket to learn about this Remy Martin’s star cognac. From the origins in the Grande Champagne vineyards to the blend of 1,200 aged eaux-de-vie. The experience includes caviar pairings that complement this guided tasting and create a refined and elegant NWF memory.

Dames Déjeuner Women leaders in the world of food and wine unite for an extraordinary lunch featuring the talented Chefs Jody Adams, Karen Akunowicz, Carolyn Johnson and Rebecca Moesinger, Winemakers Laura Catena of Bodega Catena Zapata, Jasmine Hirsch of Hirsch Family Vineyards, Laurence Feraud of Domaine du Pegau and Megan Mcclune of Domaine Jessiaume , Sommeliers Lauren Daddona and Marika Vida.  The afternoon includes an array of fabulous females including honored guest Chef Barbara Lynch and a special glass of La Grande Dame to toast the inspiring Madame Clicquot - the "Grande Dame of Champagne" who paved a path of success for Women in Wine and revolutionized the industry.

Can You Hear Your Wine? The Art of Matching Varietal Wines with Classical Music Let all of your senses be opened as you explore a new way to appreciate the melodic tones of the great masters of music with the art of some of the Nantucket Wine Festival's finest winemakers in perfect harmony. WSET Advanced Wine Educator Jerry Siegel owner of WineScripts LLC will conduct your experience with the island’s own talented musicians with the Nantucket Music Center. You'll never hear wine the same way again! Featured wines:  Ruinart - Rosé NV• Donelan Family Wines - Nancie Chardonnay 2013• Donelan Family Wines - Two Brothers Pinot Noir 2013• Donelan Family Wines -  Donelan Rosé 2016• Tom Eddy Winery - ‘Kerry's Vineyard’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Artisan cheeses will accompany the wine and music pairings This event benefits the Nantucket Music Center; Transforming Lives Through Music

Veuve Clicquot Yellow Party Wondering where the chefs and sommeliers will be on Saturday night? The Yellow Party at the Nantucket Hotel!The night is young, and the party isn’t over yet!  If bubbles and late night bites sounds like your kind of evening, you don’t want to miss this exclusive Veuve Clicquot Yellow Party! Highlights of the celebration include a Veuve Clicquot Champagne bar, bites from Bill Weiss of Breeze Bar & Café, Will Gilson of Puritan and Co. and Michael Scelfo of Waypoint. Venture outside to the lounge chairs and warm up by the fire pits as you listen to live music and dance the night away!  Get your tickets early, there is limited availability!

Junior Top Chef Competition Watch four teams of culinary students go head-to-head as they compete for the title of "Junior Top Chef Champion" with the prize of a $5,000 Culinary Scholarship benefiting the Nantucket High School Culinary Arts Program. Each team will have 30 minutes to strategize with their Chef Mentor, and then the clock will start ticking. The teams will be given a mystery basket of ingredients and will have one hour to prep, plate, and present their dishes to the Celebrity Chefs for judging. Judges include Karen Akunowicz of Myers + Chang, Brian Alberg of The Red Lion Inn and Ed Brylczyk of Dole & Bailey. You can meander through the tent and enjoy breakfast as you watch the action unfold at the Junior Top Chef Competition. Admission is a $10 suggested donation to the Nantucket Food Pantry. Kids under 18 attend for free!

Sunday Brunch Join us for a relaxing last day on island! La Fin de la Festival!Kick back and enjoy an extensive brunch menu created by Chef Geoff Lazlo, of Mill Street Bar & Table and Chef Brooke Vosika, previously of the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston.Toast friends with a glass of Pol Roger, Reserve, Pascal Jolivet Attitude Sauvignon Blanc or Hecht & Bannier, Côtes de Provence Rosé or a Stella Artois Cidre Cocktail. Sunday Brunch is sponsored by Frederick Wildman and Sons and Stella Artois.

Bon Voyage! NWF Last HurrahThe party isn’t over yet.... Stop by the Culinary Tent for last tastes of the island! Beer, spirits, rehydration and amazing food from our RockStar Chefs José Enrique, Jose Enrique San Juan PR and Nantucket's own Brandt Gould from Atlas It’s been a long five days of fun… join us to bid adieu to our chefs, sommeliers, vintners and festival friends.