Isle of Wight Garlic Festival

Coordinates: 50°40′41″N 1°12′50″W / 50.678°N 1.214°W The Garlic Festival is a fundraising event that is held annually on the Isle of Wight, and raises money for the booming Garlic industry on the island, as well as fundraising for other agricultural farms on the island.


The Garlic Festival has been held every year since 1983.[1] From 1985 to 2006, the Newchurch Parish Sports & Community Association organised the annual Garlic Festival, achieving their major fund raising aims. It is now hosted by The Garlic Festival Ltd.[2] It has recently drawn 20,000 visitors a year.[1][3]

Throughout this time the festival has been organised by a succession of dedicated volunteers. A Sports Pavilion, sports field, dual-use Community Hall, recreation ground and numerous grants to Parish Organisations are testament to their success and many local organisations benefit still.

With over 250 stallholders selling such delights as garlic beer, garlic seafood and garlic ice cream as well as a wealth of other locally produced delicacies. The centre of attention is the Garlic Marquee featuring the Isle of Wight's Golden Clove, which is found in abundance, including the popular oak-smoked variety. The popular theatre kitchen features demo's and presentations, in 2015 Rachel Khoo will be cooking and book signing.

Further entertainment includes live music from artists such as The Wurzels, Chas n Dave, Alvin Stardust, Glitter Band, Foundations, Chesney Hawkes, Kiki Dee, Jim Diamond and many local bands and displays from mountain bike daredevils, Above and Beyond, Vnaders Big Wheel and Bob Hogg's racing sheep . There is also a huge variety of family attractions on offer including arena events a fun fair and roving acts.

See also


  1. ^ a b The Isle of Wight Garlic Festival
  2. ^ The Garlic Festival Ltd Archived 19 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^

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Culture of the Isle of Wight

As an island, the Isle of Wight maintains a culture close to, but distinct from, that of the south of England. A high proportion of the population are now 'overners' rather than locally born, and so with a few notable exceptions it has more often formed the backdrop for cultural events of wider rather than island-specific significance.

The Island has inspired many creative works. Local people often seek to defend their real or perceived culture, and local politics is often dictated by a desire to preserve the traditions and habits of the Island.

The first creative flowering occurred during the reign of Queen Victoria, under whose patronage the island became a fashionable destination for the gentry.

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Garlic festival

Garlic festival may refer to:

Central Market Garlic Festival, in Austin, Texas

Connecticut Garlic and Harvest Festival, in Bethlehem, Connecticut

Easton Garlic Fest, in Easton, Pennsylvania

Garlic Night Festival in Oulu, Finland

Gilroy Garlic Festival, an annual food festival in Gilroy, California

Hudson Valley Garlic Festival, in Saugerties (village), New York

Isle of Wight Garlic Festival, an annual event held on the Isle of Wight, England

North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival, in Orange, Massachusetts

Gilroy Garlic Festival

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Over 4,000 volunteers from more than 150 non-profit groups make the festival possible, and over three million people have reportedly come to the festival since it began.

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Mersley is a farming hamlet on the Isle of Wight. Mersley is in Newchurch Parish, and is adjacent to the village of Newchurch itself. Mersley is home to a large garlic farm which is part of the Isle of Wight Garlic Festival in nearby Newchurch, held annually since 1983 and now drawing 25,000 visitors a year. This garlic farm has also been investigated for inappropriate pesticide use in the past.Potter Molly Attrill worked out of a converted barn in Mersley from 1982 to 2014.Mersley is the subject of archaeological interest because of findings of Roman pottery in the area. Earthenware and crockery were discovered at the Garlic Farm in the 1970s and 80s. Ridges on nearby Mersley Down might be terraces, suggesting the previous presence of a Roman vineyard. There is evidence of a possible earthwork enclosure on a farm in Mersley.There is a chalk pit on Mersley Down.


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