For all things corny the annual Isle of Wight Sweetcorn Fair over the weekend of September 29th and 30th at Arreton Old Village celebrates the local sweetcorn harvest with lots to do and see – and taste of course.
One of the Island’s newer food festivals, the Sweetcorn Fair is now in its sixth year and getting more and more popular. It’s a more traditional festival with lots of child-friendly activities, local food to sample and country-style competitions to enter.
You can meet ‘Bob the Cob’ in his very yellow suit and taste BBQ’d sweetcorn with lashings of butter – best with garlic butter made from the nearby Garlic Farm’s fresh crop. You can learn to cook a Sweetcorn fritter and sample the fresh sweetcorn chowder. Maybe you’d like to have a go with the sweetcorn eating competition – how many can you eat!
Also take part in the amazing Maize Maze to be walked in the large field next to Arreton Old Village. We’ve heard it’s pretty difficult to navigate your way around this monster, so make sure you have some sweetcorn first to fortify you for the experience. After paying your £2.50 entrance (children under 11 free) the maze is only 50p. A donation is given to the Lord Mountbatten Hospice and Lions.
There will be lots of stall holders with local goodies to eat and gifts to buy, and you can also see the Arreton Old Village craftsmen making glass, pottery and cane work and Farmer Jack’s farm shop have all the local produce you could want. Your entry fee also includes entry to the Shipwreck museum and tractor rides.
- Meet Isle of Wight Radio – broadcasting live from the Fayre 11am-2pm daily
- Tractor rides
- Fun competitions like welly wanging and treasure hunts
- Sweetcorn eating competition
- World’s largest sweetcorn fritter record attempt
- Sweetcorn in space!
- Children’s entertainers
- Bands and musicians – live entertainment for all the family
- Hospice book and toy stall
- Local food, craft and plant stalls
- Display of art by Arreton St George’s School
- Meet Bob the Cob and his cousin Rob the Cob – Tommy Tomato will be there too!
- Pop your own pop corn and make a sweetcorn fritter
- Harvest festival in Arreton church
- Beer festival in Dairyman’s Daughter pub
- Lots of yummy food – Farmer Jack’s sausages, sweetcorn BBQ, sweetcorn chowder, fudge and lots more
- Plus entry to the Maize Maze for only 50p!
Arreton Old Village is on the main Newport-Sandown road (A3056) just 3 miles from Newport. Put PO30 3AA into your GPS. Bus number 8 stops outside every 30 minutes. Free parking on site.