Food & Drink

Festivals of the Isle of Wight

Festival, Wight Locations

In recent years, the Isle of Wight has become synonymous with the word ‘Festival’, and this is usually in relation to the Famous music festival, held once a year in the centre of the Island. However, we’re not just about Music and Wellies!
In addition to the plethora of Music Festivals, we also have some amazing activity and food based festivals taking place throughout the year and we’ve listed some of the main ones below:

Best place for an Island Sundowner

Wight Locations, Colwell Bay Sunset

At the end of a long day of exploring the Island, playing on the beach or recovering from a long hike (maybe to the pub), there’s nothing better than enjoying a cold drink on a Summers evening and watching the sun go down over the horizon whilst staring out to Sea.

With over 50 miles of Coastline around the Island, there are numerous places to enjoy a ‘Sundowner’ or two and perhaps a bite to eat if the mood takes you.

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As soon as the nights start to draw in at this time of year it takes an almost herculean effort to prise us from the sofa of a wintry evening. And the temptation to cosy up is even greater in a holiday cottage, nestled in comfy sofas, with the obligatory blanket, roaring fire, and a good book.

Garlic Farm

Chilli garlic dressing

Visit the Garlic Farm Shop & Restaurant for a truly unique experience. The beautiful site is at the foot of the Mersley downs overlooking the Arreton Valley. Sip a coffee and admire the view whilst enjoying a visit from the red squirrels. An array of gourmet, garlicky food is on offer in the restaurant and after you've tasted the products in the taste experience, you might want to browse in the shop which is brimming with garlicky gift ideas and fine produce from the Island. There's also free access to the farm walks and they welcome dogs on the patio and in the Allium Café.

The Seaview Bistro & Bar

Seaview Bistro, Wight Locations

Regular visitors to Seaview will have no doubt have already noticed that the new / old restaurant next to our office, formally known as Ruby’s has now become the Seaview Bistro & Bar and is under new management

The Bistro and Bar will continue to offer a range of live music with an atmospheric dining experience.

The new menu consists of a mixture of French and English cuisine mixed with some innovative dishes from around the world.

Café Blue at Salterns Village

Wight Locations, Cafe Blue, Salterns Village

If you’re staying with us at the Salterns Village this summer, you’ll now be able to enjoy a full English breakfast, or an evening pint on the decking at the newly opened onsite Café Blue.

The café is for exclusive use of guests staying at the Salterns Village and will be open throughout the summer months, serving breakfasts, sandwiches, cakes, tea & coffee and a range of soft drinks and snacks. The café will also be offering a take-away service.

Seaview Farmers Market

Wight Locations, Seaview

There will be an exciting addition to the Village schedule of events this coming June with the start of a series of Farmers Markets to be held in the centre of the Village.

For those familiar with the Village of Seaview, you’ll know how vibrant and busy the village becomes in the Summer months and this new event will no doubt be a popular feature.

The Markets will be held in the Car park on pier road between 10.00 and 13.00.

Cantina, Ventnor

Part of the table decor at Cantina, Ventnor

If you like a dash of character and a sprinkle of style with your brunch, then Cantina fits the bill. Located on the high street in Ventnor this is a great little place to head for breakfast with friends or for a light family meal. With a relaxed rustic style, an array of artisan breads and an interesting choice of drinks (sugar free Fritz Kola anyone?) Cantina is an exciting departure from more conservative lunchtime eateries.



The Isle of Wight is undoubtedly rising up the ranks in terms of a being a ‘foodie’ holiday destination. Crowds flock to the Garlic Farm and its eponymous festival, the champagne afternoon tea at The Royal Hotel is a treat for any occasion, a trip to Farmer Jacks will yield an array of flavoursome fruit and veg and for a selection of wholesome artisan breads served with your soup, you need look no further than Cantina in Ventnor.

Bembridge Harbour Food Festival

Bembridge Food Festival, Wight Locations

The Isle of Wight is famous for good food and in particular the huge variety of Seafood on offer across the Island. One of the main focal areas of the ‘seafood scene’ on the Island is Bembridge Harbour, which is home to a plethora of Fishing vessels in addition to being a popular spot for pleasure craft, kayakers, dog walkers, etc.