Taste of the Wight were invited along to a brand new venture on the Isle of Wight last weekend. The first in a series of immersive events on the Island curated by the Moonshine Collective, an Isle of Wight based group of artists, musicians, foodies, and professional party people, dedicated to creating unforgettable one-off events. Kicking off with a trip to Minnie’s Roadhouse, the immersive setting was the Mississippi backwaters, amidst the hillbillies and hicks. Guests were encouraged to don either a smart city slicker gangster/ flapper girl style or a country hick attire for the event.
After getting on a coach full of revellers in their finery, we were whisked to the secret location of which we believed was Ventnor, only to find out it was The Garlic Farm! Greeted with a jam jar of moonshine (cheers) we were lead into the cafe where a bar was serving up beer, wine and spirits and everyone was getting in the part mood. Entertainment came in the form of Cat Skellington, a popular local jazz band, with the odd performance from Minnie herself (that girl can sing!).
Food came along in the shape of a tremendously tasty Tennessee style BBQ’d pulled Isle of Wight beef brisket, Jack Daniel’s sauce, corn relish and Monterey Jack cheese in a brioche bun with southern slaw or the non meat-eaters, veggie smoky portobello mushroom burger with all the trimmings. Minnie commented “The food was a collaboration between Moonshine Collective and The Garlic Farm chef Phil Hopkins. We wanted to create something in keeping with the theme of the deep south and Minnie’s Roadhouse. Smoky flavours, local ingredients and easy to eat, festival food.”
The night continued sitting around the fire pit’s, dancing on the stage and just general fun until the police came and tried to ruin it all (don’t worry, it was just actors). All in all, a great night was had by all and we for one can’t wait for the next one. Keep your eyes peeled on The Moonshine Collective facebook page.