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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 bus will be provided to take people from the Red Jet terminal to the House. 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.

If you're travelling from the mainland you can take advantage of our 2 for £12 Red Jet offer by downloading the voucher.

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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).


We are still signing up exhibitors for our September Food Show but here are the exhibitors who were at our June show:

  • Available Light
  • Cards By Ruth
  • CFO Foods 
  • Exclusively By Christine
  • Goddards Brewery
  • Island Ales
  • Island Bakers
  • Isle of Fudge
  • IW Espresso
  • Seafood Corner
  • The Garlic farm
  • Pioneer Wines
  • Treclaimed
  • Farmer Jacks
  • Marzipan Delights
  • Sunnyfields
  • The Shore Archive
  • Catch!
  • Mrs Bucketts Kitchen
  • Farmer Jacks
  • Axby & Hirst
  • Ash Greek Olives

If you'd be 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.

Download Voucher

The Cookery Theatre

Our Cookery Theatre features live cookery demonstrations from top Island chefs. Our line up for the September show is still being finalised but see below for an example of the line up from a previous show.


10:30 Ed Blake, Seafood Corner, lobster preparation

11:30 Mary Flynn, The Shore Archive 

12:30 Judging of competition entries

13:30 Afternoon Tea with Mrs Jones Tea Depot

15:00 Simon Richards, Island Inspiration (Masterchef finalist)

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 Rachel (Dairy Cottage Kitchen) 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.

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