Recent headlines have brought home to many the importance of knowing where our food and drink comes from. Luckily, on the Isle of Wight it isn’t very hard to find out. You’re never far from a producer or supplier offering some good quality produce that not only tastes good, but supports the farms, fishing boats and other services that keep our Island busy and beautiful.
Often the shops are right there on the farms where the food is produced, and if you don’t have time to get out to the farms then they will come to you. Weekly Farmers’ Markets are held in Newport and Ryde, and in Cowes there are regular Food Shows throughout the year.
There are a variety of venues with local provender on the menu. The most famous on the Island is Newchurch’s Garlic Farm – which brings visitors from across the world to try the celebrated garlic recipes in its café and maybe buy a few cloves to take home.
It isn’t just farms where you can find good Island food on offer, the Isle of Wight is famous for its seafood with over 60 miles of fishable coastline. Crab, lobster, prawns, bass, plaice, dover sole and skate are all available when in season. Visitors to Ventnor will not have missed the busy Ventnor Haven Fishery where boats come and go all day long. The Haven is a great destination to try local catch, which is cooked and sold right there where it is landed.