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Red Funnel Cowes Food Show

Celebrating Isle of Wight Produce!

The Red Funnel Cowes Food Shows highlight the very best in local Isle of Wight produce from organically grown tomatoes and oak smoked garlic, to freshly baked artisan bread and delicious dairy ice cream.  We also showcase talented local chefs and home-cooking experts through our interactive food theatre. Our show also features a great choice Isle of Wight Arts and Crafts.

Dates for 2014 shows

•    Sunday 27 April – Food and Spring Flowers
•    Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 June – Festival of the Sea
•    Sunday 14 September – Harvest Festival
•    Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 December – Cowes Christmas Festival

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Bake a cake competition

We have a fantastic competition for our April Cowes Food and Spring Flowers Show. To win two tickets to Rhythmtree, the Island's friendliest festival showcasing an extraordinarily diverse mix of world influenced music, all you have to do is wow our judges with a cake which looks and tastes great.

First prize: two rhythmtree tickets
Second prize: a £25 online food voucher for

Cake Competition Rules:       

  • Cakes need to be baked and decorated by the individual entering the competition
  • Cakes need to be made in a clean/food safe environment
  • Cakes need to be delivered to the Food Theatre by 10.30 with name/address & telephone number attached
  • Cakes will be judged on 2 criteria (1) Taste and (2) Appearance


Here is a selection of just some of the exhibitors that we have signed up for the April show so far:

  • Isle of fudge
  • Treclaimed   
  • Pioneer Wines   
  • Goddards Brewery   
  • Brownriggs    
  • Wight Wildlife   
  • The Garlic Farm   
  • The Dairy Deli   
  • Calbourne Classics   
  • Island Ales   
  • Mrs Buckett's kitchen   
  • Island Ales   
  • Isle of Wight Cheese   
  • CFO Foods   
  • The Garlic Farm Field Kitchen   
  • Exclusively by Christine   
  • Available Light Photography   
  • Shore Solutions (Plants)   
  • Sharon Orchard    

If you'd be interested in exhibiting please email louise@calbourneclassics

2 for £12 Red Jet Voucher

Visit our next Cowes Food Show on Sunday 27th April and take advantage of our 2 for £12 Red Jet offer.

Download the voucher
Island Producers

The Isle of Wight is a revelation for food lovers with treats and surprises round every corner. From farmers to fisherman, bakers to brewers, the Island has an extraordinary selection of first class producers. From Gold Award Winning cheese to sausages  championed by Jamie Oliver. So tuck-in to a season of fresh produce and get a taste of the good life on the Isle of Wight.

The Island is also a hotbed of art, design and craft talent, many with serious eco-credentials.  From hand-blown unique glass ornaments and prints to sustainably produced clothing there is a great choice of unique gifts available on the Island.

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Cowes Food Show

We are very pleased to have the Earl Mountbatten Hospice on the Isle of Wight as the shows official charity.  The Hospice have a free stand at the show and we welcome any donations from members of the public attending the shows in lieu of any admission fee.


Here are some reviews from our previous food shows;

06/08/2012   Wild Island Store Blog
28/08/2012   Eat with Gusto
11/12/2012   The Constant Doodler

Our Partners

The Cowes Food Show is sponsored and hosted by Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferries.  The event is organised and managed by a team of Island food and event experts Louise (Calbourne Classics), Jenny (Real Island Food Co.) and Matt (Widget Productions).

Thanks to our supporters at Isle of Wight Radio, Hampshire Fare, Cowes Business Association, Isle of Wight County Press, and The Fountain (Greene King).


The Food Show is right in the heart of Cowes, so why not explore this beautiful sailing town.  There's a great selection of Pubs, Restaurant, Boutique shopping and more.  Or take the floating bridge over to East Cowes to visit Osborne House, Queen Victoria's Island retreat.

More about Cowes More about East Cowes

The Food Show is located in the heart of Cowes, just a 25 minute crossing on Red Funnel’s Red Jet from Southampton. 

The show is held directly outside the Red Jet terminal in Cowes adjacent to the Fountain Inn and Cowes Yacht Haven, right in the heart of Cowes.

Show a valid Red Jet ticket (for the day of the show) and you can get discounts at the following Cowes Businesses; 

Getting There

Getting there

Check out our event special ferry offers at the top of this page and hand it in on arrival in Southampton.


The show is held in a courtyard directly outside the Cowes Red Jet terminal, with easy access for wheelchairs.

  • Toilets and baby changing facilities are available in the Red Jet ticket office. 
  • Parking is not available outside the Red Jet Terminal, please use local car parks.  
  • Bus and Taxi services drop-off and pick-up outside the Co-operative store, just a 1 minute walk from the Show.

RedFunnel Address

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Isle of Wight Port Addresses: Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferries, Trinity Road, East Cowes, Isle of Wight PO32 6RA | Red Funnel Red Jet Ferries (West Cowes), Fountain Yard, West Cowes, Isle of Wight PO31 7AR.

Southampton Port Addresses: Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferries (Terminal 1), Terminal 1, Dock Gate 7 off Town Quay Road, Southampton, SO14 2AR | Red Funnel Red Jet Ferries (Terminal 2), Terminal 2, Town Quay, Southampton SO14 2AQ.

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