With a bounty of local produce coming to fruition about now, the summers fetes, fairs and festivals are awash with tasty items all grown right here on the Isle of Wight.
The summer shows stretch all the around Island during August so you’re never too far, geographically or time wise, as each weekend has something for you to do
Chale Show 3rd – 4th August
What started as a quaint village fair is now one of the Island’s busiest country side events. Welcoming thousands of people over the weekend, The Chale Show is the perfect family day out. There’s plenty of entertainment around the site including acts in the main arena, but the food tent is where to head. You’ll be in awe with growing competitions (you’ve never seen onions this big in your life!) to baking contests and even which chicken lays the most uniform three eggs! There’s plenty to buy and take home from local fudge, honey, jams and chutneys, to the odd tipple plus bread and so much more. Take a tote bag and stock up.
Cowes Week 10th – 17th August
The coastal town of Cowes becomes the face of the world’s most famous sailing regatta – even attended by royalty! The main street comes alive and the buzz in the atmosphere is palpable, you can’t help but feel part of the festivities even if you’re just passing through.
You are never far from some great places to eat while in Cowes, you can work your way from top to bottom, visiting The Basque Kitchen, Salis Cafe, The Anchor, Pier View, Gastronomy, The Yachtsman and so many more. Pop up food stalls also line the streets so look out for Tub Trike (cooling you down with ice cream on those hot days) and – an Island favourite – Mermaid Gin. Don’t miss the legendary Friday night fireworks finale; eat, drink and be merry!
Garlic Festival 17th & 18th August
The much loved destination hotspot, The Garlic Farm, holds its very own festival in August. Celebrating everything this versatile bulb has to offer, the two day event is fun for all the family. If you’re not a fan of garlic – and we know some of you aren’t – don’t worry, there’s plenty of other food stuffs to choose from. The air is filled with tempting aromas from the traditional burger, hog roasts and freshly grilled corn on the cob, slather in plain or garlic butter and enjoy!
If you have a sweet tooth there are plenty of stalls selling sweet treats, including the childhood favourite, candy floss. Is there anything better than wandering around with this sweet, fluffy cloud on a stick?
Wolverton 31st August & 1st September
Saying goodbye to the summer season, Wolverton is a proper English country fair. Set in the grounds of Wolverton Manor, there’s plenty to see and do for the foodie lovers. As you walk through the gates wander past the crafts to the beer tent and tea tent (usually stationed right next to each other – so everyone is catered for straight away). If you’re looking for sweets for your sweet, try the homemade cakes or handcrafted fudge or if you’re after something a little more substantial head to the on site pizza truck. Serving fresh (hot) stonebaked pizzas with toppings to suit every rumbly tum.