N TOP TEN: May 18 – 24, 2018

The ultimate activities guide for May 18 – 24, 2018.


1. ACK Provence Rosé Launch Party presented by Elin Hilderbrand
Friday, May 18
5:30 – 7:30 pm @ The Nantucket Hotel

Launch into NWFF weekend with the release party for ACK Provence Rosé, Latitude Beverage Company’s hottest new wine for summer. Rosé the weekend away and sip the beloved pink drink poolside alongside New York Times best selling author, Elin Hilderbrand. The event is free, although door donations to support the Nantucket Boys & Girls Club are strongly encouraged. RSVP to the event here, but get there early as space is limited! 


2. A Night in Saint Tropez
Friday, May 18
7:00 – 8:00pm Cocktails, 8:00 – 10:00pm Dinner @ The Summer House

The Summer House is bringing the best of the South of France to Nantucket! Join Paul Chevalier of Château D’Esclans and experience the greatest rosé in the world paired with the best fine dining on the island. Enjoy Château D’Esclans wines, including Rock Angel, Whispering Angel, Garrus, and Château Les Clans, all within the beautiful ambiance of Sconset’s finest restaurant. Purchase tickets for the event here


3. Tenuta Di Biserno Dinner
Friday, May 18
7:00 pm @ Private Home

It’s safe to say that Marchese Lodovico Antinori has Italian winemaking in his DNA. As a 26th generation winemaker, Lodovico Antinori is responsible for creating two of Italy’s most celebrated wines: Ornellaia and Masseto. Spend an evening with this Italian master and taste through selections of his exquisite Tuscan wines of Tenuta di Biserno at an exclusive Great Wines in Grand Houses dinner. Purchase tickets to this exclusive event here


4. Book Signings and Cooking Demonstrations in the Culinary Tent
Friday, May 18 – Saturday, May 19
10:00 am – 5:00 pm @ Jetties Beach

Bring a pen and your favorite cookbook to the Culinary Demo Tent this weekend – you might have a chance to meet the author! Enjoy celebrity chef cooking demos, food samples, libations, shopping, and live entertainment from the City Winery Marching Band, all underneath the awnings of the Culinary tent. Famous names include Matt Jennings of Townsman, Barbara Lynch of Menton, and Karen Akunowicz of Myers & Chang. For a full list of the book signings and culinary demos, view Friday’s schedule here, and Saturday’s schedule here


5. Blue Beetle Trunk Show: Captiva Cashmere 
Friday, May 18 – Saturday, May 19
11:00 am – 4:00 pm @ Blue Beetle

In between wine tastings and cooking demos, pick up a piece from Captiva Cashmere Collection at Blue Beetle this weekend. Captiva’s decadently soft wraps add a layer of luxurious warmth to any outfit. Available in a variety of colors and styles, a Captiva piece can be worn casually with jeans or over a dress for a more elegant look. All Captiva Cashmere is 10% off this weekend – meaning you might have to pick up one for a gift and one for yourself! If you’re not on-island to visit the store in person, you can still take 10% off with the code CASHMERE10 on their website on May 18th and 19th. 


6. Royal Wedding Viewing Party 
Saturday, May 19
7:00 – 8:30 am @ Nantucket Athenaeum

They’re going to the chapel and they’re going to get married! Watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle exchange wedding vows at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Palace. Put on your best hat, most posh frock and bring a union jack to wave at the happy couple. Coffee, tea and scones and a live telecast of the ceremony will be on the wide screen. This event is free, and more information can be found here


7. Grand Tastings
Saturday, May 19th + Sunday, May 20th
10:00 am – 5:00 pm @ White Elephant

Whether you’re a twenty-year veteran to the Wine Festival or a first-year rookie, attending one (or all!) of the Grand Tastings is an absolute must. Rarely are so many renowned talents in the food and wine world found under one tent. There are three Grand Tasting sessions taking place over the course of Saturday and Sunday, and VIP tickets are available for the ultimate tasting experience. Purchase tickets and find more information here


8. Napa Valley Winemaker Dinner
Saturday, May 19th
7:00 – 8:00pm Cocktails, 8:00 – 10:00pm Dinner @ The Summer House

It’s no secret that Napa Valley is world-famous for its wines and vineyards, but you don’t have to catch a flight to enjoy them this weekend. Head to the Summer House Restaurant and Piano Bar Lounge in historic Sconset on Saturday night for a wonderful evening featuring the iconic Napa Valley wineries of Caymus, Duckhorn, and Emollo Vineyards. Purchase tickets for the event here


9. Get Your Grill On – NanTEXAS
Sunday, May 20th
2:00 – 6:00pm @ Jetties Beach

The Lone Star State will be well represented on the island this year at a BBQ extravaganza, taking place in the Culinary Village. With Titos Vodka slinging cocktails, and some of the most gifted grill masters firing up great plates, this will be the perfect way to close out the festival. Grab tickets to this coastal ho-down here


10. Film For Thought: RBG
Wednesday, May 23rd
6:30pm @ The Dreamland

At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior’s rise to the nation’s highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans – until now. RBG is a revelatory documentary exploring Ginsburg ‘s exceptional life and career from Betsy West and Julie Cohen, and co-produced by Storyville Films and CNN. Purchase movie tickets and find more information here

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