The weekend programme includes cookery demonstrations, presentations and talks – these take place in our large theatre kitchen. Our friends from The Garlic Farm will be on hand on to tell you everything you need to know about cooking with garlic, garlic for health and gardening. They have been growing garlic on the Isle of Wight for over 50 years now and are the UK’s largest speciality garlic grower.
Our giant garlic marquee will be filled with tasty garlic morsels to take home with you or eat on the day. Garlic fudge, olives and garlic bulbs of every shape and size!
We have some wonderful guests booked to appear this year. Saturday will see us welcome Garlic Festival team favourite, Valentine Warner! We're really looking forward seeing what he has planned for his visit to the festival! On Sunday the lovely Jane Beedle, finalist from The Great British Bake-Off will appear, no doubt there will be some top home baking tips on offer.
Great British Bake off Winner Nadiya Hussain joined us last year in our wonderful theatre kitchen. She delighted our visitors, cooked up some tasty food and signed copies of her new book 'Nadiya's Kitchen'.
TV chef and bestselling author Rachel Khoo, well known for Little Paris Kitchen and Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook, was the star name at the 2015 Garlic Festival. Rachel joined us in the Food Theatre on the Sunday. This year’s expanded theatre kitchen will feature demonstrations all weekend from talented chefs and foodie experts, showcasing the best in local produce. We welcome festival favourite Salina from L'ailolive, Ruth from Captain Stan's, Bembridge Fish Store on Sunday and Steve Doe from Island Foods on Saturday.
A packed arena schedule could keep you amused all day, this we welcome back favourite The Vander Brothers, with their Wheel of Death. See for the first time the Quad Wheel! They are sure to delight the crowds! The festival arena features all sorts of talent, both human and animal, including falconry displays from Haven Falconry. You can meet the birds too in the Haven Falconry marquee. Join in the fun with the Garlic Games and don’t miss the beautiful, if slightly pungent Garlic Queen – she’s always willing to pose for a picture.
We are very excited to announce that TITAN THE ROBOT will be back this year! He was a festival regular for years, this year he will return to entertain and delight the crowds! Little children can enjoy bouncy fun on the many and varied festival inflatables. Our mission is to entertain the whole family. There are entertainers galore and face painters, a one man band and circus skills demonstrations. You don't have to be a child to love David Randini's traditional Punch & Judy show and baffling magic tricks.
The Island’s biggest annual fun-fair pitches up, alongside classic cars, lorries, tractors, engines, trains, archery and nice people raising money for a range of good causes. The Garlic Festival has gardening, plants, tools, furniture, even politicians and lots more. Even the Army, should you fancy joining up! It’s worth coming along to see the Island’s biggest range of arts and crafts – found as ever in two giant marquees.
The Garlic Festival is not just renowned for food and fabulous entertainment. It is also a major fund-raiser for dozens of local good causes, thanks to the generosity of our visitors. The show is the Isle of Wight at its very best and we are all very proud of it!
LIVE MUSIC, FESTIVAL BEER TENT AND DELICIOUS FOOD
Our big music stage this year features The Quo Experience (Sunday 20th at 3pm), 60's pop rock ban Marmalade (Saturday 19th at 3pm) plus locals bands, all to be confirmed soon. Wandering musicians complete the musical line-up, providing great atmosphere all day wherever you are around the festival site.
Quench your thirst in the big beer tent and enjoy fabulous ales and ciders made on the Isle of Wight. Why not take a gentle stroll to the delights of the tea tent for cream teas and all manner of perfect pastries and dainty snacks. The giant real ale bar and tea-tent are always popular – as is the delicious eye watering food court. Arrive hungry, there’s always a lot of delicious food on offer to suit all tastes – yum!