"We really do still hope the Garlic Festival can take place," say the organisers of the event planned for 2021.

One of the Isle of Wight's summer schedule staples, it had to be postponed last year due to Covid-19.

This year, organisers hope to hold a show on Saturday, August 21 and Sunday, August 22.

However, they are not yet selling tickets, nor booking in traders, due to the fluidity of the coronavirus pandemic. 

They say a final decision will be made late next month (April).

The Garlic Festival has been held since 1983, at Newchurch, near Arreton.

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Isle of Wight Garlic Festival

The self-titled 'Island’s Biggest Summer' show plays host to chefs, musicians, local charities and businesses and offers live music, children’s activities and (of course) lots of garlic.

At the heart of the festival is Britain’s most loved and pungent bulb.

Garlic is grown in Newchurch, by the multi award-winning Garlic Farm. 

Garlic Festival organisers said: "We are currently optimistic that this year's show may take place as planned on August 21 and 22.

"Boris’ road map seems to imply that events such as ours will be safe by late August.

"The team are very hopeful and keen to get the festival on for all to enjoy.

"Please bear with us whilst we continue our discussions with the local authorities and safety groups.

"We will make another announcement soon.

"In the meantime we have decided to hold off on taking bookings for tickets and traders until then.

"We would like to thank all of you for your continued love and support and look forward to seeing you in August 2021."

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