For a small island, the Isle of Man excels in the quality and variety of its locally produced food and drink – and what better way to celebrate this than by experiencing local markets and events throughout the year.
The Isle of Man Farmers’ Markets offer a perfect chance to find out where the Island’s fantastic local produce comes from. The Island has a rich history of markets through which Farmers and producers have traditionally sold their own produce and the Isle of Man’s Farmers’ Markets are working to revive this tradition.
Visitors will be greeted by the freshest products and most tempting of treats from vegetables which have been dug that day, to succulent meats, pickles, jams and even Manx honey.
The annual agricultural shows – The Southern Agricultural Show in July and the Royal Manx Agricultural Show in August - also provide a great opportunity to sample local produce, such as Manx cheese and locally baked bread. Both events feature livestock competitions and displays of vintage tractors, farming machinery and classic cars.
For a full on foodie celebration, the annual Isle of Man Food & Drink Festival takes place in September and offers visitors the chance to sample the very best of local produce and experience live cookery demonstrations.
Here you’ll be able to watch local food producers at work and try everything from creamy Manx cheeses, fresh seafood, hand-crafted confectionary, Manx meat and even locally brewed Manx alcohol.
Each year the Festival welcomes a famous visitor with a passion for cooking to the Manx Food Theatre, providing cookery demonstrations using local Manx produce on both days.
Another popular annual event is the Isle of Man Beer and Cider Festival that takes place in April. Featuring around 150 Beers, Ciders, Perries and Fruit Wines, musical entertainment, food and more, it’s well-attended by visitors and residents alike.
Many of the big events that take place throughout the year feature local produce, so keep a look out for what’s on during your visit.