WORKING WITH THE GARLIC FARM
At the heart of the festival is of course Britain’s most loved and pungent bulb, garlic! Grown right here on the Isle of Wight, in Newchurch by the multi award-winning Garlic Farm. Working with the farm we are able to offer a truly magnificent garlic experience. You’ll find it everywhere, to eat, drink and buy!
Natasha from The Garlic Farm says:
We think garlic is a gastronomic wonder; it tastes great, helps bring our other flavours in food and It’s also very good for you. The festival lets us celebrate all things garlic and gives a platform for a really fun day out.
Food is an adventure, not just a way of sustaining ourselves. The more experiment, the more we are rewarded. Some forms of garlic require bravery, the kick from a highly sulphurous, piquant raw garlic clove can be very strong. Equally, a great majesty of garlic is its ability to gently lift the flavour profiles of other ingredients, in other words, adding a small quantity of garlic to our caramelised onion chutney lifts the sweetness.
At the festival (as well as at the farm itself) we offer free tasting of our products so everyone can push their own envelope, sampling everything form the safe to the strong.
Garlic can take you on a flavour journey. At The Garlic Festival we are running our ‘heat challenge’ where we invite visitors to begin with mild flavours, move through tasting the stronger cloves onto our most fiery product; the ‘Vampire Slayer’.
For the brave few that make it, we ring the bell for full garlic kudos!
GARLIC BEER, REALLY?!
What better way to quench the palate that an amber ale? But a garlic beer, how can that work? Well, as it happens our first incarnation of this product, decades ago, was an acquired taste… people often politely said “it’s a great cooking ale – lovely in a steak pie”.
Since then, we have re-worked the beer using the sweet, heat-aged black garlic. This gives a smooth, very subtle caramel note to the beer – it is a very, very gentle suggestion of the complex, almost vanilla note of sweet black garlic and very far from the frightening prospect of ‘raw garlic in a beer’. It has to be tried to be believed and will be available in cask throughout the weekend.
The Ultimate Bloody Mary
Although a small Island, the Isle of Wight is home to a growing collection of quirky, high quality food producers. With a strong sense of community and short distances between farms and facilities, collaboration is thriving. A fun example is one we pioneered with both The Tomato Stall and Isle of Wight Distillery.
Come to to this year’s Garlic Festival and let us make one (or two) for you…
10-20ml Black Garlic Vodka (THE GARLIC FARM)
30-40ml Rock Sea Vodka (ISLE OF WIGHT DISTILLERY)
250ml Isle of Wight Tomato Juice (THE TOMATO STALL)
Celery Salt - pinch
Worcester Sauce - splash
Vampire Slayer - few drops (THE GARLIC FARM)
Garlic Sea Salt w’ Chilli - 3 grinds (THE GARLIC FARM)
Mix ingredients over ice in glass or preferably in a shaker & strain.
N.B. For an additional anti-oxidant boost - crush a fresh garlic clove into each glass - this is where the hang-over cure really kicks in!
Fresh, zingy sweetness with a healing kick!