FIGS with wild mushrooms, pickled kohlrabi, gazpacho soup with oak smoked tomatoes and rhubarb crumble were among the delightful dishes served at Quay Arts last night (Tuesday).

A spectacular vegan taster menu, created by chef David Holley and inspired by the work of Isle of Wight artist Lilly Louise Allen, featured 12 courses — each representing a month of the year.

The January dish was roasted beetroot with celeriac, kale and leeks, July's summery offering was rocket salad with strawberries, and November's fare was roasted squash and tomatoes.

The event was inspired by water colour artist and illustrator Lilly's Art of Food exhibition, currently gracing the walls of the Quay Arts cafe.

Lilly specialises in food illustration and her work has appeared in the Isle of Wight County Press, Style of Wight and Taste of the Wight. Her pictures can also be seen at Thompson's restaurant in Newport.

Her illustrations of seasonal dishes were brought to life to create the taster menu, described by arts centre manager Paul Armfield as 'a vegan gastronomical treat.'

Diners were full of praise for the beautifully presented, creative and delicious dishes, many of which were made with Isle of Wight ingredients.

Isle of Wight food reviewers Matt and Cat, who have a regular column in the County Press, said: "What an amazing feast — we loved it. Never mind the veganism, this was brilliant and creative cooking."

With chef David at the helm in the kitchen, the Quay Arts cafe has established itself as one of the Island's top spots for vegan food.