With its lush green fields, warm, sunny climate and surrounded by water it should come as no surprise that the Isle of Wight has an abundance of local produce that many eating establishments are keen to use.
Plenty of Local Produce on Offer
Island bacon, lamb, fish, crab and lobster, cheese, vegetables, garlic, honey and ice cream; we have all this and so much more to offer our visitors. Many local dairy farms produce their own award-winning cheeses, milk, cream and ice creams. These are supplied to selected restaurants, shops and hotels but are also available from the Farmers Market or the farm itself if you’d like to buy direct.
You can find a great range of local produce at one of the Isle of Wight’s hidden gems Quarr Abbey - a working monastery set in beautiful surroundings, selling its own ranges of honey and abbey produce, alongside many other local island products.
The Isle of Wight is also home to the largest garlic grower in the UK. The family run Garlic Farm not only provides over 20 types of garlic it also produces many chutneys and relishes to compliment any dish. Visit during the Garlic Festival in August and you can sample garlic beer, garlic ice cream and garlic dishes and dips of all kinds.
Our southerly location also makes for great chilli growing conditions with The House of Chilli offering everything from chilli-infused sauces and chutneys to an aptly named ‘Baptism of Fire’ Vodka. Island breweries have been producing beer and ale since the 1800s using traditional methods with natural Island spring water and special yeast to create its unique taste.
You shouldn’t leave without trying local apple juice and cider or the best vintages, fruit wines, liqueurs and cordials from our three local vineyards. One of the oldest vineyards in Britain, Adgestone is set on a south facing slope in ten acres of outstanding natural beauty overlooked by Brading Down, just half a mile from the Roman Villa. Tours of this and other Island vineyards are very popular, allowing visitors to discuss wine making, with a generous tasting of all the wines afterwards!
There are also several excellent delicatessens on the Island – great when stocking up with goodies for a beach picnic.
Isle of Wight Farmers' Market
Island Farmers' Markets make shopping a sociable and enjoyable experience for those visiting the Island and if you want to purchase quality produce that has been grown, reared, caught, brewed, pickled, baked or otherwise processed by the local stallholder, Island Farmers' Markets are the places to go.
The markets are held every Friday in St Thomas' Square, Newport, from 9am - 2pm, and every Saturday in Anglesea Street, Ryde, from 8.30am - 12.30pm