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Isle of Wight offers plenty of treats for foodies

Tue 26 Feb 2013

Isle of Wight offers plenty of treats for foodies

The Isle of Wight offers an array of goodies when it comes to satisfying the appetites of serious foodies, with garlic one of the local delicacies that keeps fans coming back for more.

Matt and Cat of Matt and Cat's Isle of Wight Eating Out Guide said the allium is one of the biggest foodie draws for the island, alongside its wonderful cheeses and other local delights.

The pair commented: "The Isle of Wight is where you can find some of the best food in England, not to mention some wonderful coast and countryside. A local speciality is garlic and the Garlic Farm Shop and Cafe in Newchurch is a great place to try it."

Offering a wide range of products for visitors, the Garlic Farm provides bulbs for growing, prints for garlic lovers and its own in-house garlic creations, including toasted garlic mayonnaise and garlic mayonnaise with chilli.

It is open daily for breakfast guests, serving delicious dishes - not all of which include garlic - from 09:00 to 10:30 GMT, while the farm is also sponsoring this year's Great British Garlic Challenge, which calls on amateur cultivators to take on the task of growing the best garlic in the UK.

Meanwhile, individuals who are less enamoured with the taste of garlic may be tempted by many of the island's wonderful cheeses at the Isle of Wight Cheese Company, including the delicious Gallybagger - an unpasteurised cheddar-type creation that has received many awards in recent years.

"The Isle of Wight Cheese Company has made quite an impression in the last few years, most recently winning the World Cheese Awards gold medal in 2012," Matt and Cat stated.

"If you're a cheese fan, you shouldn't miss the exquisite souffle made with local Gallybagger cheese at the Royal Hotel, Ventnor."

Furthermore, the Isle of Wight Blue also has an outstanding competition pedigree, being named a gold winner at the British Cheese Awards in both 2011 and 2012, as well as picking up major honours at the World Cheese Awards and the International Cheese Awards.

Utilising pasteurised Guernsey cows' milk, the Blue is aged for between three to five weeks and has a deep blue vein and relatively mild flavour. Soft and delicious, the Blue mellows with age and has a shelf life of approximately four weeks from purchase.

Guests of the Isle of Wight Cheese Company might also enjoy the cheesemaker's other award-winning offering, the Isle of Wight Soft.

Sold at two to three weeks of age and lasting in prime condition for approximately four to six weeks, the Soft is a surface mould-ripened soft cheese in the vein of the traditional French Brie or Camembert, falling neatly between the two in terms of taste and texture.

Winning both silver and bronze at the British Cheese Awards in recent years, it is an extremely changeable product and its taste will mellow with age. Beginning with a sharp acidic twang and firmer texture when young, the cheese's natural creaminess matures over time, meaning individuals who like their soft cheese could be very tempted by this offering.

Finally, visitors with a sweet tooth might also like to enjoy another delicacy of the island - the traditional Isle of Wight doughnut.

Newport doughnuts are more dense than the ones found elsewhere in the world and they are never glazed. Instead, they are dipped in sugar and while jam is an occasional filling for these delicious treats, food lovers are more likely to find these doughnuts filled with a mix of currants, lemon zest, candied peel or plums.ADNFCR-3083-ID-801547262-ADNFCR

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