Set against a beautiful backdrop of rolling green hills and farmland, the Isle of Wight Garlic Festival from 18-19 August 2018 is food and entertainment at its very best with a vast array of eats, treats, sights and sounds to suit all tastes and ages.
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The Isle of Wight Garlic Festival is the Island's biggest show and is held just outside Newchurch in the heart of the stunning Island countryside.There are huge garlic and food marquees, cooking demonstrations from top Island chefs in the all new theatre kitchen, children's entertainers, archery and even a giant fun-fair.
At the heart of the festival is Britain's best most pungent garlic, produced right here on the Isle of Wight, in Newchurch by the multi-award winning Garlic Farm.
As ever, it's not just garlic bulbs and amazing garlic products. Island food compares with the world's best; meats, vegetables, cheese, honey, wine, cider and juices. You'll find garlic fudge, ice cream, popcorn, biscuits, scones, sweetcorn, mushrooms, the list goes one. You name it, you'll find it with garlic here!
There are businesses and market stalls, talented animals and arena entertainment. Plus, live music on the big stage, a big beer tent and straw bales so you can relax and enjoy the atmosphere. The main stage always features chart toppers and great Island bands.
Visitors of all ages can also enjoy hundreds of Arts and Craft stalls and scrummy produce to tempt your taste buds. The variety of food, music, fun fair and an arena packed full of traditional entertainments, animals and child friendly surprises helps make this the Isle of Wight's most popular family event.
The programme includes cookery demonstrations, presentations and talks – these take place in the large theatre kitchen. Staff from The Garlic Farm will be on hand on to tell you everything you need to know about cooking with garlic, garlic for health and gardening. They have been growing garlic on the Isle of Wight for over 50 years now and are the UK's largest speciality garlic grower.
The giant garlic marquee will be filled with tasty garlic morsels to take home with you or eat on the day. Garlic fudge, olives and garlic bulbs of every shape and size!
There are some great guests booked to appear this year. Saturday will see the Garlic Festival team favourite, Valentine Warner! On Sunday the lovely Jane Beedle, finalist from The Great British Bake-Off will appear, no doubt there will be some top home baking tips on offer.
This year's expanded theatre kitchen will feature demonstrations all weekend from talented chefs and foodie experts, showcasing the best in local produce. This includes festival favourite Salina from L'ailolive, Ruth from Captain Stan's, Bembridge Fish Store on Sunday and Steve Doe from Island Foods on Saturday.
A packed arena schedule could keep you amused all day, festival favourite The Vander Brothers will be back with their Wheel of Death. See for the first time the Quad Wheel! They are sure to delight the crowds! The festival arena features all sorts of talent, both human and animal, including falconry displays from Haven Falconry. You can meet the birds too in the Haven Falconry marquee. Join in the fun with the Garlic Games and don’t miss the beautiful, if slightly pungent Garlic Queen – she’s always willing to pose for a picture.
TITAN THE ROBOT will also be back this year! He was a festival regular for years, this year he will return to entertain and delight the crowds! Little children can enjoy bouncy fun on the many and varied festival inflatables. There are entertainers galore and face painters, a one man band and circus skills demonstrations. You don't have to be a child to love David Randini's traditional Punch & Judy show and baffling magic tricks.
The Island’s biggest annual fun-fair pitches up, alongside classic cars, lorries, tractors, engines, trains, archery and nice people raising money for a range of good causes. The Garlic Festival has gardening, plants, tools, furniture, even politicians and lots more. Even the Army, should you fancy joining up! It’s worth coming along to see the Island’s biggest range of arts and crafts – found as ever in two giant marquees.
The Garlic Festival is not just renowned for food and fabulous entertainment. It is also a major fund-raiser for dozens of local good causes, thanks to the generosity of our visitors. The show is the Isle of Wight at its very best and we are all very proud of it!
Live Music, Festival Beer Tent and Delicious Food
The big music stage this year features The Quo Experience (Sunday 20th at 3pm), 60's pop rock ban Marmalade (Saturday 19th at 3pm) plus locals bands, all to be confirmed soon. Wandering musicians complete the musical line-up, providing great atmosphere all day wherever you are around the festival site.
Quench your thirst in the big beer tent and enjoy fabulous ales and ciders made on the Isle of Wight. Why not take a gentle stroll to the delights of the tea tent for cream teas and all manner of perfect pastries and dainty snacks. The giant real ale bar and tea-tent are always popular – as is the delicious eye watering food court. Arrive hungry, there’s always a lot of delicious food on offer to suit all tastes – yum!
Getting to the Isle of Wight Garlic Festival is easy from Southampton
On foot - catch a frequent Red Jet sailing to West Cowes, the crossing takes 23-25 minutes). Southern Vectis operate connecting bus services to Newport (service 1) changing to service 8 to the festival (ask the driver where to alight). Alternatively, you can travel as a passenger from Southampton to East Cowes and then catch a service 5 bus to Newport, changing there for service 8.
Taxis are also available at our East and West Cowes terminals. For car hire, we recommend Enterprise - they will pick you-up from either terminal if you let them know your arrival time when booking.
By car - catch a vehicle ferry sailing to East Cowes. On arrival, head south on Dover Rd, take the A3021, Briddlesford Rd and A3056 to Bathingbourne Ln. Turn right onto Bathingbourne Ln. The Garlic Festival at Fighting Cocks Crossroads, Bathingbourne Ln, Sandown PO36 0LU will be on the left. The journey will take around 20 minutes.
*Terms and Conditions apply:
Validity: Valid for a vehicle ferry crossing (any duration) for up to 7 people in a car, minibus, motorhome, motorcycle or private towed vehicle. Additional passenger rates available. Also available for a small van up to 5.5m length/2m height. Travel must start and end between 18 and 21 Aug 2017. Book any time. Subject to availability. Conditions: Not valid with any other Red Funnel offer or concession, including standard Travel Card holder discounts. Valid for new bookings only. We reserve the right to withdraw this promotion without prior notice. Standard conditions of carriage apply.