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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 Cookery Theatre. Our show also features a great choice of Isle of Wight Arts and Crafts so you can get some truly unique gifts.

Dates for 2014 shows

•    Sunday 14 September – Harvest Festival Theme at Northwood House
•    Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 December – Cowes Christmas Festival at Cowes Yacht Haven

Our September show will be a harvest special and will feature a selection of fantastic local food, drink, gifts and crafts. It's being hosted at Northwood House and a free vintage bus will be provided to take people from the Red Jet terminal to the House. The bus will operate on a shuttle service and will arrive just after the Red Jet to meet visitors.

It's a great excuse to explore Cowes and taste a selection of the finest local food and drink. We will also play host to the fantastic Cookery Theatre which showcases local culinary talent and includes some of the Island's top chefs. Michelin starred Chef Robert Thompson will be there plus we will have a barn dance, harvest crafts, an interactive beekeeping display plus samplings and tastings. 

If you're travelling from the mainland you can take advantage of our 2 for £12 Red Jet offer by downloading the voucher. Plus, enter our grow your own competition for the chance to win a hamper packed full of local produce worth £50!

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Grow your own competition

September's Food Show is a harvest special with a very special competition. We want to taste the very best home grown produce and are encouraging visitors to grow their own. Enter our competition by bringing along any fruit or veg that you've grown yourself and our judge's favourite will win a deluxe hamper full of local goodies worth £50.

Entries must be received by 10.30am on the day of the show (14 September).


Here is a list of exhibitors who have already signed up for our September show:

  • Thermomix
  • Isle of Wight shortbread
  • The Garlic Farm
  • Mrs Bucketts Kitchen
  • The Tomato Stall
  • Island Ales
  • Isle of Wight Espresso
  • Calbourne Classics
  • Catch
  • Ash Greek Olives
  • Wightwood Pizza
  • Casa Catering
  • Isle of Wight Beekeeping Association
  • Ventnor Botanic Gardens
  • Exclusively by Christine
  • Treclaimed
  • Axby and Hirst
  • CFO Foods
  • Isle of Wight Ice Cream
  • The Isle of Wight Bacon Company
  • Homemade Crepes
  • Tipsy Wight
  • Hampshire & Isle of Wight WildlifeTrust
  • Locally baked breads
  • Locally grown fruit and vegetables

If you're interested in exhibiting please email

2 for £12 Red Jet Voucher

Visit our next Cowes Food Show and take advantage of our 2 for £12 Red Jet offer.

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The Cookery Theatre

Our line up for the September show is below:

10:30 Grow your own competition and easy home-grown recipes

12:00 Robert Thompson cooking baked scallops in the shell and a carpaccio of venison

13:30 The Mess Canteen

15:00 Malcolm Alder-Smith from Thermomix

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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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 including Rachel Brown (Dairy Cottage Kitchen).

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

Northwood House is just a 5/10 minute walk from the Red Jet terminal but a free vintage bus will be provided to get visitors to and from the show.

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.


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

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