THE Isle of Wight's famous Garlic Festival has been branded as a 'crap day out’in a book naming the UK’s most woeful tourist destinations.
It has been rated, along with Cumbria’s Pencil Museum, historic Stonehenge and Brighton’s nudist beach as a place to avoid in the new travel guide, Crap Days Out written by Gareth Rubin and reviewed in the Observer last Sunday.
The verdict on the festival came as one of the Observer’s rivals, The Times named Yarmouth and Ventnor as two of the country’s coolest weekend destinations.
Yarmouth is praised for its yachts and great ice-cream parlours and Ventnor is cited as a haven for celebrities.
The Lavinia apartment in Ventnor, owned by the Hambrough Hotel, is praised as one of the 15 most stylish places to rent nationwide.
Mr Rubin co-wrote the book with Jon Parker and came up with the top 200 worst tourist destinations in Britain.
Chairman of the garlic festival, David Holmes, said he had laughed when he found out the festival was featuring in the book.
He said: "It is one of the most popular events on the Island. We had a 50/50 split of Island residents and tourists coming to the festival this year and 18,000 people over the two days and they can’t all be wrong.
"It is not just about garlic. It is worth coming to see a top quality band or to drink some local ale. I don’t think I had any garlic myself this time. I saw the story and my first reaction was to laugh. As they say, any publicity is good publicity."