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BBC Bake Off Star Jane Beedle and Valentine Warner are just two of the big names appearing at this year’s Garlic Festival, held at Fighting Cocks Crossroads, Newchurch on 19/20th August.

Jane will be baking in the festival theatre kitchen, and promises some of her TV showstoppers – as well as demonstrating some simple savoury dishes. Valentine will be signing copies of his bestselling book, ‘What to Eat Next’ and will also cook two fish recipes, with the fresh from the boat fish coming from Captain Stan’s at Bembridge.

On stage this year are chart-toppers Marmalade, whose top ten hits include Reflections and Oh Bla Dee oh Bla-Da! The Sunday headliner is The Quo Experience, as part of a nationwide tour, this band are considered THE Quo tribute by the Official Status Quo fan club. They were invited to the Island after festival Chairman David Holmes, a personal friend of the late Rick Parfitt, was called upon to repatriate Rick from Spain last Christmas and carry out his funeral wishes in Woking. Both bands are supported by some excellent local Rock, Pop and Punk bands, and our very own Derek Sandy.

The Garlic show arena will feature The Vander Brothers – for the first time ever on the Isle, with their Quad Wheel – walking outside and inside it, one slip and, it doesn’t bear thinking about. They share the arena with an array of talented animals, including falconry, Wight Wizards dogs. On Saturday we welcome Extreme Bike Battle and Sunday Bob Hogg with his sheepdogs, duck and geese. Also back by popular demand is TITAN, the robot. Once seen, never forgotten, he’ll be performing two shows daily.

We have the wonderful arts and crafts marquees, dozens of food stalls – selling everything from local breads, meats, cheeses, honey and everything else you can imagine. The variety of hot food on offer continues to be the focal point – and of course GARLIC remains the theme, both to eat there or to take home. As ever, thousands of people are expected to attend, locals and summer visitors. Whatever the weather, after 34 years the Garlic Festival remains as popular as ever, it’s fun, food and fund raising and it’s not to be missed!

David Holmes 07813 890221  |  @IOWGarlicFest  | www.garlicfestival.co.uk


Round up the family and join us at this year’s Isle of Wight Garlic Festival – the island’s unstoppable not-to-be-missed huge summer show, now in its 35th year.

There’s garlic galore of course, and this year’s expanded food theatre kitchen will feature BBC star chef and best-selling author, Valentine Warner, while on Sunday, we have everyone’s star baker Jane Beedle – from Britain’s hottest TV show, Great British Bake Off. Both will be demonstrating favourite recipes, signing books, chatting and maybe even posing for a selfie. They are supported all weekend by an array of local food people and talented chefs.

On the big Garlic Festival stage this year, we’ve booked classic 60’s and 70’s hitmakers, Marmalade. Their top ten hits include; Reflections of my life, Falling apart at the seams, Lovin’ things and the number one smash hit, Ob La Di Ob La Da.

As part of their nationwide tour, we have also secured the only Island date for The Quo Experience, the band that sounds and looks incredibly close to the real thing. The boys are guaranteed to have you rocking all over the Isle to your favourite Quo hits. As ever, the best of the Island’s local talent will be supporting, including our own fabulous Derek Sandy Band.

The Garlic Festival arena will feature non-stop live entertainment, including the return of The Vander Brothers new Quad wheel. These acrobats delight and amaze as they walk on the outside of the human hamster wheel at death defying height. As ever, we’ll have talented animals galore, and humans, with the ever popular Garlic games. Whatever the weather, the Garlic Festival is a great day out – with loads for everyone.

And he’s back! After a three year absence, Titan-the-Robot is here on both days.

With hot or cold food of all kinds, entertainment galore, the Island’s biggest marquees full of arts, crafts, and food businesses of every kind – and of course, dozens of Island charities raising thousands of pounds – it’s no wonder everyone, including the Times and the Telegraph call this ‘One of Britain’ best food shows.

David Holmes 07813 890221



10 of the best events on the Isle of Wight this year

The UK’s holiday Island offers a year full of fun and variety and if you have never been before, you don’t know what you are missing!

Isle of Wight Walking Festival – April 30th-May 15th

With more than 200 organised walks, the Isle of Wight Walking Festival boasts 16 days of unbeatable, informative and healthy walks for all abilities.  A great way to explore its spectacular scenery, wildlife and heritage, all walks are led by knowledgeable guides, who share their stories and history of the Island www.isleofwightwalkigfestival.co.uk

Festival of the Sea June – 18th– July 3rd

From the swashbuckling swagger of Shipwreck Isle in Ryde to the arrival of the world’s leading annual solo sailing race, the Solitaire Bompard – Le Figaro in Cowes – plus lots of nautically-themed entertainment and activity for the whole family – the Festival of the Sea is one of the most eye-catching coastal events anywhere around the UK coastline this summer http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/whats-on/events/festival-of-the-sea

The Isle of Wight Festival – June 9th-12th

The 2016 Isle of Wight Festival will once again be staged at Seaclose Park, in Newport on the Isle of Wight with headline performances by Queen + Adam Lambert, the Stereophonics and Faithless www.isleofwightfestival.com

Ventnor Fringe – August 9th-14th

A celebration of the arts, showcasing emerging and established talent across every creative discipline on the Isle of Wight as well as artists from around the world.  This year it will be expanding with the International Festival www.vfringe.co.uk

Cowes Week – August 6th-13th

Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week will take place this year from Saturday August 6th to 13th, and will feature an exciting and diverse blend of competitive sailing – as well as a strong social scene including Ladies Day – and the famous fireworks that take place on the final Friday of the event http://www.aamcowesweek.co.uk

The Garlic Festival – August 15th&16th

A vast array of eats, sights and sounds, the Isle of Wight Garlic Festival has become one of the Island’s most iconic events and is a superb family day out. Alongside the celebration of garlic (including in ice cream and beer form) there is live entertainment and music as well as hundreds of local arts and craft stalls http://www.garlic-festival.co.uk/

Ryde Carnival – September 1st

The oldest carnival in Britain dating back to 1886, Ryde Carnival is the largest community celebratory event of its kind on the Island. A spectacular fusion of carnival costumes, dance and performance http://www.rydecarnival.com/ryde-carnival-dates-2016/

Bestival – September 8th-11th

Another of the UK’s leading music festivals, Bestival will this year be staged in Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle of Wight between September 8th to 11thth.  The Cure, Major Lazer, Hot Chiip and Fat Boy Slim are amongst those to have already confirmed they will be playing this year http://www.bestival.net

The Isle of Wight Literary Festival – October 12th-16th

See and hear a cornucopia of literary talent at the Isle of Wight Literary Festival held at Northwood House in Cowes.  In addition to talks there will be walks, workshops, competitions, debates, children’s story telling, lots of music and a chance to sharpen your wits at a pub quiz http://www.isleofwightliteraryfestival.org/

Isle of Fright (October half-term)

Take an enchanted steam train trip, wander through the magical Electric Woods, visit the former haunts of smugglers and have the fright of your life at Spooky Castle as you visit the Isle of Fright this October half-term http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/whats-on/events/isle-of-fright

For all other events, please go to www.visitisleofwight.co.uk

Image attached: ‘Film in the Woods’ held during Ventnor Fringe, please credit Jon Ritchie.



Get ready for the Garlic Festival!

The Island’s biggest summer show returns with something for all the family on the 15th and 16th August 2015

It’s not just garlic – full entertainment line-up includes family fun, feats of strength and highwire action, Frozen sing-alongs and live music. “Yo DJ pump this party!”

This year’s Garlic Festival is shaping up to be the best ever – with the biggest and widest ranging line-up yet. From top chefs to million selling chart acts to one of the world’s strongest men – you’ll find it all at Fighting Cocks Crossroads, just outside Newchurch, on the weekend of August 15th/16th.

It’s definitely a foodie weekend! TV chef and bestselling author Rachel Khoo, well known for Little Paris Kitchen and Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook, will be the star name in the Food Theatre. Rachel will be appearing on the Sunday and will also be signing copies of her new book.

This year’s expanded theatre kitchen will feature demonstrations all weekend from talented chefs and foodie experts, showcasing the best in local produce. Colin and Natasha Boswell from Newchurch’s Garlic Farm will be hosting demonstrations on both days, along with Garlic Farm chef Phillip Hopkins. Anna Sacchini, owner of Ryde’s Ristorante Michelangelo will showcase the ‘soul’ of Italian cooking and will be cooking gnocchi – with garlic of course! Salina Rahim-Campbell of L’ailolive will be bringing Malysian flavours to the Garlic Festival, via London’s Borough Market. Salina will be presenting Japanese Gyoza Dumplings using the Garlic Farm’s Elephant Garlic. We are also joined by Tessa  Crosbie and Jessica Case, winners of the Fit2Cook competition for Hampshire and Dorset Year 8 & 9 students, from Christ the King College. They will follow Rachel Khoo in our Sunday line up.

Music lovers are guaranteed a great weekend. On Sunday festival-goers can enjoy Angie Brown and The Rhythm Method. Singer songwriter Angie Brown is known internationally for her vocals on Bizarre Inc’s 1992 smash hit “I’m Gonna Get You Baby”. Angie has worked with Chaka Khan, Fatboy Slim, Beverley Knight and Grace Jones. Angie also made a stunning appearance on BBC TV’s The Voice last year. Angie’s mix of club classics and classic soul will headline the Sunday line-up in style. Earlier in the day it’s a chance to singalong with the hits of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, delivered by the Jersey Guys, the UK’s  original tribute show to the smash hit musical Jersey Boys.

On Saturday the Garlic Festival goes stadium rock with the 80s Hair Rock Experience, bringing the music of Bon Jovi, Europe, Whitesnake, Queen and Aerosmith to the show. Expect big choruses, big sing-alongs, and – of course – big hair.  There’s also Bootleg Blondie, Europe’s official Blondie tribute band, who will deliver all of Blondie’s classics in stunning style.

Don’t miss strongman The Mighty Smith, three times winner of the UK’s Strongest Man competition, who will be performing feats of strength like bending six inch nails in his teeth, walking on a bed of broken glass and holding a chair – with a seated lady on it – in his teeth! It’s a family show with visual humour and audience participation, as well as a children’s tug of war with prizes.

It might be August but don’t miss out on getting Frozen with Ana and Elsa! Coming to the Garlic Festival from Disneyland you and the family can “let it go” with singing, dancing, a snow machine, games and the chance to meet and take photos with the sisters of Arendelle.

The Garlic Festival welcomes the Flying Seagulls Project, a charity workshop who thrilled the crowd at Glastonbury earlier this year. The team of experienced kids and street-style performers will bring bundles of energy and a carnival-style show with clowning and high-wire action. Look out for the team at their very own Gypsy Wagon stage!

It’s a welcome return to the arena for Bob Hogg and The Lamb National who were a runaway success at last year’s show. Bob’s team of working sheepdogs will inform and entertain, herding ducks around the assault course, followed by the Lamb National Sheep Race. Adults and children alike will love the sight of the Herdwick sheep running down the track and over the jumps, all wearing brightly coloured coats and with jockeys on board.

Animal lovers will be spoilt for choice at this year’s event, with Haven Falconry bringing birds of prey and ferret racing. There’s dog agility from Wight Wizards and look out for the alpacas too!

Throughout the weekend you can take part in the Garlic Games, hosted by the beautiful and slightly pungent Garlic Queen.. There’s a fancy dress parade and the IW Model Engineering Society will be steaming up with their miniature engines. The kids can take on In2Action’s climbing wall and play inflatable aeroball and there’s magic from Randini with Punch and Judy.

Garlic Festival promoter David Holmes says: “We can’t wait for this year’s Garlic Festival and we’re really excited about our line up which I really believe offers something for everyone, regardless of age. It’s the Island’s biggest summer show and this year we’re making the Food Theatre bigger than ever and we’re thrilled to welcome Rachel Khoo on the Sunday. Family tickets for the show are a priced at £25 and with all the other displays, children’s entertainers and live music it’s definitely an event not to be missed.”

Tickets for the 2015 Garlic Festival are only available on the gate on the day of the show. Adult tickets are priced at £9.50, with children (aged 5-15) at £5.00.Under 5’s go FREEwith concessions at £8.50.Family Tickets for 2 adults and 2 children are priced at £25.00.