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.
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.