The Isle of Man Food and Drink Festival returns this weekend to celebrate the best of Manx produce in the gardens of Villa Marina.
Described as “a weekend where we shine a light on all the passionate people, businesses and organizations that make the island’s food culture so unique and creative,” this is a must-see on the calendar that should not be missed.
It will take place on Saturday September 18 and Sunday September 19 and will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days.
More than 70 local producers will be present throughout the weekend.
The island currently has around 350 farms, 1,500 registered food companies and seven breweries as well as several bakeries and a flour mill. The action-packed program will include cooking demonstrations, busker-style music, live animals, crafts and children’s entertainment, as well as a food court featuring cuisine from around the world.
There will also be two culinary competitions: RedMie’s Red Hot Chili Competition at 4 p.m. on Saturday and CompEAT for charity with Davison’s Ice Cream at 4 p.m. on Sunday.
This year’s event will also feature a new beverage pavilion hosting local distillers and brewers Bottle Monkey, Kaneen’s Brewery, Kella Distillers Ltd, Seven Kingdom Distillery and The Fynoderee Distillery.
Environmentally conscious visitors will also be pleased to learn that there will be several water filling stations on site, to reduce the use of single-use plastics on site.
The marquee of Manx products, the catering village, the discovery area for children and crafts under the colonnade will also be offered.
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Environment, Food and Agriculture (DEFA), which organizes the annual event, said: “Food and drink are an integral part of the social fabric of the island and its production activities shape our landscape, our culture and our communities.
“Buying local benefits the local economy and environment, as it supports employment and can reduce food miles, packaging and waste.”
In accordance with current government advice, visitors are strongly advised to wear a face covering in crowded and confined spaces.
Admission is £ 5 per adult, £ 8 for a weekend pass and is free for children under 16.
Tickets can be purchased through the Villa Gaiety website or in cash or by card on the same day.