Garlic has been grown on the Isle of Wight for more than 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 17th and Sunday 18th August, with cookery demonstrations, garlic-themed food, a garlic tasting challenge, stalls, family entertainment, live music, a big beer tent and a tiny tea tent.
There will be plenty of stalls where visitors can sample and buy all kinds of garlic-themed food, including garlic bulbs of all kinds, garlic beer, ice cream, bread and even bloody marys. The festival will have more than just garlic products, there will also be meats, vegetables, honey, liquers, fudge and cakes on offer.
For the truly adventurous foodies, there will be a garlic ‘heat challenge’. Visitors will be invited to taste their way through a variety of cloves, from the mild to the full-on ‘Vampire Slayer’!
In addition to garlic, there will be family entertainment with The Flying Seagull Project, the Hogg Show, Longdown Activity Farm’s mobile farm and a kid’s stage with The Greatest Showman singalong party.
The Garlic Festival will also feature a live music stage with acts including Roy G Hemmings‘ Motown Show, Baggywrinkles, Ska’d for Life and Blackfoot Daisy.
When: 17th – 18th August 2019
Where: Fighting Cocks Crossroads, Bathingbourne Lane, Sandown, Isle of Wight PO36 0LU
£: Day tickets cost £12.50 for adults, £11.50 for seniors, £7.50 for children (5-15), £35 for a family and under 4’s go free. Weekend tickets are also available
More info: www.garlicfestival.co.uk