The Isle of Wight Garlic Festival is the islands biggest summer show and simply the best value day out for all the family. Here is but a snapshot of what you will find at the festival, you’ll have to visit to see it all!
The weekend programme includes cookery demonstrations, presentations and talks – these take place in our large theatre kitchen. Our friends 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.
TV chef and bestselling author Rachel Khoo, well known for Little Paris Kitchen and Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook, will be the star name at this year’s Garlic Festival. Rachel will be cooking in the Food Theatre and signing books as part of the Sunday line-up. This year’s expanded theatre kitchen will feature demonstrations all weekend from talented chefs and foodie experts, showcasing the best in local produce. Colin and Natasha Boswell from Newchurch’s Garlic Farm will be hosting demonstrations on both days, along with Anna Sacchini, chef/proprietor of Michelangelo in Ryde and there’s a welcome return for Salina Rahim who will be demonstrating Malaysian cuisine, using garlic – of course!
Our 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!
A packed arena schedule could keep you amused all day, including this year Bob Hogg and the Lamb National and our very own strong man The Mighty Smith, both garlic Festival favourites! 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. Wight Wizards Dog Display team always entertain and delight with impressive dog agility shows. 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.
Little children can enjoy bouncy fun on the many and varied festival inflatables, older kids can go screaming mad on the Island's biggest funfair rides. Our mission is to entertain the whole family. This year we welcome baxk The Isle of Wight Model Engineering Society, offering rides on their teensy railway. 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, nor Martin Simpson’s fascinating fossil talks. Kids of all ages will love the Star Wars stormtroopers and other characters.
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! This year our celebrity opener is BBC TV’s lovely Sally Taylor.
Our big music stage this year features Jersy Guys, Bootleg Blondie and Orange Street. Some of the best local Island bands will support and more acts will be confirmed soon. Please check out all the very latest news and offers; follow us on facebook and twitter. Wandering musicians and a One-man band 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 genteel 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!
Tickets are only available on the gate on the day of the show.
Children (5-15) £5.00
Under 5’s FREE
Concessions (Seniors) £8.50
Family Ticket - 2 adults + 2 children £25.00
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