Garlic lovers will be there, and haters will be well across the water, as The Isle of Wight Garlic Festival takes place today and tomorrow. Sounds like you need to arrive hungry as there is a huge variety of local produce with a garlic twist to choose from.
As founders of the festival, The Garlic Farm lead the way. I’d be looking out for their oak-smoked garlic and the garlic and onion marmalade. It also says Hamilton Fine Foods and Isle of Wight Cheese Co will be in attendance, but other than that I’m afraid it’s hard to track down a proper listing for who is exhibiting. But there’s food and drink, music and entertainment, and arts and crafts exhibitors, so plenty to keep you occupied. If you need somewhere to stay, then check out the Island Breaks website for last minute bookings.
Want to send a garlic gift? How about Sticky Garlicky Nuts from Fortnum & Mason? These are sweet, sticky and intensely garlicky, and a little bit different and indulgent. Jamie Oliver does a Vintage cheddar, rosemary and garlic fingers, which sound like one of those things that will just be moreishly delicious. And disappear in seconds! Not on the High Street has a Salt Box from The Fine Oil & Spice Co, which includes a garlic salt, as well as three others.
And if you want a gadget for a garlic lover, then check out the Garlic Zoom. Good chopping, slightly gimmicky, but not too useless! Kids, big and small, will want to take over this job!
In the meantime, I imagine it’ll be a fragrant trip back on the ferries this weekend from the Isle of Wight!
Fabulous garlic mosaic by Robyn Jay on Flickr.