The Cover Scoop: Issue 1 2019https://i0.wp.com/www.tasteofthewight.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/2019ed1cover.jpg?fit=865%2C1249&ssl=18651249The EditorThe Editorhttps://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/37fe426ab2926c2daa220c085444acb3?s=96&d=mm&r=g
As always, we’ve had tremendous fun putting together the latest edition of Taste of the Wight ready for you guys to get your teeth into! It’s absolutely jam-packed with the latest on what our bountiful little Island has to offer in the way of food and drink.
Here on the Isle of Wight the landscape is historically known as England’s ‘Garden Isle’, a fruitful one at that. With a whole host of original local producers creating a range of products and treats. We’ve got the latest on where to dine, whether that’s a sit down meal with the in-laws or fish and chips enjoyed on the sea wall – whatever you fancy – we’ve got you covered.
In each edition we try to sum up the best that the Island has to offer as a snapshot on our cover. So this time we wanted to share with you what made the cut!
2019 has seen the launch of a brand new bottle design for the Isle of Wight Distillery’s Mermaid Gin. Handcrafted on the Isle of Wight since 2014, the gin is smooth with hints of fresh organic lemon zest, peppery grains of paradise and the flavour of the sea from the rock samphire. Visit the home of the Isle of Wight Distillery, enjoy a drink in the bar and see how the spirits are made firsthand? The Mermaid Bar
We met with forager Alex Richards who runs the popular website and instagram feed ‘Island Wild Food’. This was a part of our ‘Meet the…’ series where we interview a selection of local landlords, chefs and producers, not only about what they do but their top tips of the Island foodie scene. The Island provides the perfect foragers paradise – Alex runs foraging courses so you too can know what’s safe, delicious and nutritious to eat. Click here to read the interview or find it on page 74 of the printed guide.
Beau’s are one of a whopping FIVE artisan ice cream makers on the Island! But, they may have the best ice ‘cream’ twist as they are completely dairy free, making it 100% suitable for vegans. With a wonderful nine taste-bud tantalising flavours for you to try on your stay, you will find them stocked islandwide. Dairy addicts and vegans alike will not be disappointed by this tasty summer treat which is perfectly creamy. It’s just making our mouths water thinking about it! For more vegan friendly tips on where to eat and drink, why not check out our Vegan Island piece here or on page 78.
Is it even a holiday to the Isle of Wight without a visit to The Garlic Farm? Garlic, alongside tomatoes, is our most well known export. The Boswell family have been growing garlic for over 50 years starting with Granny Nora planting the first few cloves and then passing the baton down the generations. Today, each family member is responsible for their own bit of the business. It is a must-visit with farm tours, ingenious garlic related products and the well popular restaurant where you can sample garlic in just about every dish. Pop back in the summer for the famous Garlic Festival taking place 17-18 August. The Garlic Farm
Lazy Sunday Afternoons
What’s better than lazing on a sunny afternoon like Ray Davies, of The Kinks fame, once sang? We have compiled a list of where to try for your Sunday Lunch whether the full tribe are in tow or its just the two of you after a quiet walk.
Be sure to keep an eye out on our website for our Lazy Sunday Afternoons guide, or check it out now on page 90 in the latest edition of Taste of the Wight.