Frequently Asked Questions.


Where’s my money going?

Nevette Previd, John Clift and the Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group (MVSG) founded the festival to celebrate and support those who live their lives working the sea and land. This year, a portion of the proceeds will go to bolster the MVSG Shell Recovery Program. This program reduces and recycles shell waste from the Island's waste stream and provides a local source of shell for shellfish restoration and, improves shellfish production which in turn enhances local water quality. All shells from MVOF will be recycled for their program.

When do tickets go on sale?

Tickets go on sale Friday, November 1st at noon (EST). They can only be purchased at

What’s the difference between a VIP ticket and a general admission ticket?

A VIP ticket includes early entry at 2pm, access to VIP lounges with premium wines and liquor, Chefs Demo, eats and an (amazing) gift bag. A general admission ticket includes all food and drinks inside the festival.

If I buy a ticket to the “Conversation With” on Friday, May 8th can I also attend the festival on May 9th?

Each event is separate, so if you want to attend both events, you’ll need to purchase a ticket to each.

Is the event kid-friendly?

We will be checking IDs at the door, and you must show your ID to enter and drink alcohol. Anyone over the age of 3 must purchase a ticket. Strollers are not permitted. There are no discounts for a child’s ticket.

What happens if it rains?

This event is rain or shine. The event will not be rescheduled, and we will not issue refunds.

Where do I park?

We will offer valet parking (for a fee) and parking locally and at the MV Regional High School. We strongly suggest you consider an alternate form of transportation (Uber, taxi, get your mom to drop you off).

Can I come and go from the event?

There is no re-entry.

I want to make a night of it. Do you have special rates at any local hotels?

Yes! Check back on our website here: as we add partners discount rates.

I’m interested in being a Martha’s Vineyard Oyster Fest sponsor. Who should I contact?

Check out the SPONSOR page for more info.