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The Great Wight Bite! THE new food and drink festival for the Isle of Wight!

This is a special episode of the podcast which is bringing the exciting news of the first Great Wight Bite Festival! This is taking place on the 9th and 10th September 2023 at Northwood House in Cowes! I was so excited when I heard about this festival earlier this year. So I contacted Richard to find out more about the plans. I have watched as the festival has come together. That it is only weeks away now, I am getting so excited! At the beginning of 2023 I started planning the podcast based on my research into the food and drink

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Recipe of the Month: Chicken Breast with Baby Spinach, Rocket, Tomato, and Strawberry Salad

    This is a simple recipe, and there is not much preparation required. A chicken breast flattened, pan fried or grilled on a BBQ, served with a simple salad and dressing. Perfect for summer days as a lunch or early dinner. Most of the Isle of Wight farm shops will have the chicken and IOW Tomatoes as well as local salad crops during the summer. The combination of young spinach leaves and rocket make a great tasting base to the salad, peppery and sharp. If you cannot find spinach or rocket, then use your favourite salad leaves. Sumac is a lovely spice

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Blueberry’s Cafe – most definitely a happy place!

  Episode Three of the Food and Music IOW Podcast A huge welcome to the third episode of the Food and Music IOW podcast! This episode is about a business with so much to offer the discerning cake lover and great freshly prepared homemade food! With fresh coffee and teas, plus milkshakes, beer and wine. What more could you want? Plus the view is amazing, so there is something for everyone! Claire and Liam Eede took on the Blueberry Cafe in Shanklin, in 2017. This conversation covers why they bought it, building a team and a wonderful hospitality business. Built on good recipes

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Food and Music IOW Podcast – Episode 2

The second full episode of the podcast FoodandMusicIOW is now available on Spotify, Apple, Google and Amazon… You can listen to the voice only version on all of them and the voice and music version on Spotify only. Episode 2 - Get the Wight Meat! The Isle of Wight Meat Company The Isle of Wight is a UNESCO Biosphere which enjoys a wealth of natural, historical, culture, and art which is available to the local inhabitants & the millions of visitors to the island over the years. Nammet means a light meal; originally a farm worker's lunch to be eaten in the

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Tipsy Wight

  Whilst I normally use fresh produce as the highlight ingredient for the isleofwight.com flavours blog, this time I’ve taken a slightly different route. My partner first discovered Medham Farm when she was searching for some local honey to improve her hay fever symptoms. We soon realised that the owners of the farm; Ruth and Michael not only produced Medham Farm Honey, but were also the creators of Tipsy Wight, specialising in a range of flavoured vodka and vodka liqueur.     Medham Farm estate is made up of acres of fields, woodlands and hedgerows, so naturally there is an abundance of produce, ranging from

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The best al fresco Isle of Wight restaurants you need to try

Now that the days are finally lighter and longer, and the weather is starting to get warmer, lots of holidaymakers here on the Island are wanting to enjoy their lunch or dinner alfresco. There really is nothing better than having a meal outside a restaurant on a beautiful summers day and it is no surprise that many who are planning on visiting the Isle of Wight during the warmer months will be looking for restaurants that offer outdoor dining. Thankfully, you will have plenty of amazing restaurants to choose from here on the Island if you’d prefer to sit outside and

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The Tomato Stall

          The Isle of Wight has become famous for an abundance of fresh produce over the years, perhaps thanks to the warmer climate, business opportunities or the rolling countryside and seas. Even if you don’t live on the Island and you have not yet been, it is likely you will have tried or at least seen The Tomato Stall tomatoes. Back in 2007 MD Paul Thomas and co-founder Jeff Macdonald (now of IW Mushrooms) made the bold move to take their freshly picked tomatoes to the London markets. The markets were, at the time, relatively new to London and the stall holders

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Crockers Farm – Cowes Milk

        Cowes Milk is run by the Bradley family - parents Paul and Mary and their four children Julie, Rose, Jack and Lucy, supported by son in law Martin and local lad Cain.     Paul and Mary started the dairy back in 1981 with the purchase of 18 cows all milked in the stable. In the same year the couple expanded to build the milking parlour and their cow numbers grew to 60!  In 1995 the herd were awarded pedigree status which gave the family immense pride as well as great successes in the Royal Isle of Wight County Show and the New


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