Have just finished a fantastic week walking, cruising, and canoeing the Caledonian Canal with Caledonian Discovery in Scotland– but today I will be heading to the Isle of Wight for their annual Garlic Festival. (And hopefully some sunshine!) The Isle of Wight is England’s largest island and is located off of the coast of Hampshire. Garlic has become a booming industry for the island, and the Garlic Festival is a celebration of everyone’s favorite tasty pungent bulb.
Saturday morning I will be hopping aboard the foot passenger catamaran with Wightlink in Portsmouth, which will bring me to Ryde Pier on the island (which just turned 200 years old!) for the festivities. The trip only takes around 22 minutes, and you can hop straight on from the train- very interested to see if that works out as easily as they say. The Isle of Wight is a festival-lovers paradise, with over six major festivals taking place every year. Wightlink has created a fun infographic on the Isle of Wight’s festivals that you should definitely check out here.
I hear that the Garlic Festival will be serving up a locally brewed garlic beer, which I am weirdly excited to try. I will also be camping with Ninham Holidays and riding bikes around the local area, and (obviously) sharing pics along the way. Sunday afternoon I will head over to The Garlic Farm, where all the magic happens and have lunch before making my way back home. You can follow along on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using #WightL:ive over the weekend.
I am so excited to explore the Isle of Wight and celebrate garlic! I have heard nothing but wonderful things about the island, and can’t wait to check it out for myself. I always find that festivals are the perfect glimpse into a destination and the people who live there, no doubt that this experience will follow suit.
Have you heard of/been to the Isle of Wight? All tips and advice appreciated!
Garlic Festival header image- courtesy of Visit Isle of Wight