Isle of Man Food and Drink Festival
Isle of Man Food and Drink Festival 2022
Applications to exhibit at this year's Isle of Man Food & Drink Festival on 17 and 18 September are now live!
The Island celebrated local produce at the Isle of Man Food & Drink Festival 2021
More than 10,000 people sampled the delicious creations of more than 70 local producers at the Isle of Man Food and Drink Festival last year.
The family-friendly event, sponsored by PokerStars, showcased a range of great tasting food and drink from artisan breads to unique ice lollies.
The action-packed programme also included a variety of cooking demonstrations, talks, food eating competitions and live music in the Villa Marina Gardens.
A spokesperson for the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture, who organise the annual celebration, said:
'We are absolutely delighted that so many people took this fantastic opportunity to find out more about local produce and its journey to their glasses and plates.
'Buying local benefits the local economy and environment, as it supports jobs and can reduce food miles, packaging and waste.
New to the festival, Isle of Man Salt Co was crowned ‘Best Stand’ competition winners, with The Fynoderee Distillery taking second place and Red Mie Farm awarded third place.
DEFA’s Food Matters strategy aims to grow the Island’s food industry by £50m over 10 years in a sustainable, profitable and increasingly collaborative way, so the food supply chain meets the needs of customers who are increasingly conscious of provenance and traceability.
Sustainability was again be a key theme with a new area featuring local businesses active in this area, sponsored by Zurich International. Traders were again prohibited from using certain single-use plastics and visitors were encouraged to bring their own bags and reusable water bottles.
Over the weekend 100kg of recycling was collected from stations dotted around the festival.
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Manx queenies have been crowned as the Isle of Man’s new national dish following a public vote
The poll was run over a four month period by the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture, and saw over 2,500 votes cast. Over 500 people voted for the Queen scallop, which has become synonymous with Manx cuisine.
In second place was chips, cheese and gravy with nearly 400 votes.
Minister for Environment, Food and Agriculture, Geoffrey Boot MHK, welcomed the result:
'This was a hard-fought race that led to some lively public debate. It’s great to see so many people so passionate about Manx food. The vote has helped to raise the profile of the variety of Manx produce available as well as cementing the quality of our products in the public consciousness'
Please see recipe for Manx Queenies with garlic and bacon in downloadable section.