Where: Fighting Cocks Crossroads, Bathingbourne Lane, Sandown, Isle of Wight PO36 0LU
£: Advance tickets cost £9 for adults, £8 for seniors, £5 for Children (5-15), £26.50 for a family and under 5’s go free. Tickets are also available on the gate
What is it?
Garlic has been grown on the Isle of Wight for over 50 years, so it’s fitting that the island hosts an annual Garlic Festival, celebrating the pungent crop.
This year the festival will take place on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th August, with cookery demonstrations, garlic-themed food, garlic games, stalls, live music and a big beer tent.
Visitors to the festival can learn all they need to know about garlic, from cooking it, to the health benefits. The theatre kitchen will have cookery demonstrations and presentations from guests including Valentine Warner.
The festival will have more than just garlic products, there will be meats, vegetables, cheese, honey, wine, cider and juices on offer too.
In addition to garlic, there will also be entertainment with falconry displays, garlic games, archery, and classic vehicles. Children’s entertainment will include inflatables, funfair rides, magic shows, Punch and Judy, and Titan the robot.
The Garlic Festival will also feature a live music stage and a big beer tent. This year’s acts will include The Quo Experience, 60’s pop rock band Marmalade and a host of local bands. As well as music on the stage there will also be wandering performances from various musicians. The beer tent will have a selection of real ales and ciders for visitors to enjoy. There will also be a food court and a tent serving cream teas, so no one should go hungry.