Flashback to a previous Isle of Wight Sweetcorn Fair.
AN EVENT that germinated from the kernel of a simple idea to become one of the most prominent on the Island calendar, the Isle of Wight Sweetcorn Fair, will takes place this weekend.
The two-day event, which starts tomorrow (Saturday), is the seventh annual fair to be held at Arreton Barns and will feature tasty sweetcorn at its heart.
There is plenty of fun on the menu for people of all ages to get their teeth into.
For adults and children with an appetite for a challenge, it includes a sweetcorn speed-eating contest and there will be a new record attempt to cook the world’s largest sweetcorn fritter.
There will also be a master class to make your own sweetcorn fritters and to pop your own corn, as well as a bouncy castle, fairground rides, the amazing maize maze, ghost walks and terrier racing.
Last year, the event raised £8,000, with the proceeds again going to the Earl Mountbatten Hospice and Ventnor Lions Club, which will have volunteers directing traffic.
The Isl of Wight Sweetcorn Fair was quite literally put on the map after the event featured on a giant England-shaped cake at St Pancras International railway station, London, last week to mark the start of British Food Fortnight.
The national tourist board, VisitEngland, used the cake to represent all of England’s array of food festivals and included the sweetcorn fair.
• For more details about the Isle of Wight Sweetcorn Fair, please see our supplement in this week’s County Press.
Tomas Quinn, three, from London, stands on VisitEngland’s edible map, in St Pancras International station. The Isle of Wight is represented by sweetcorn. Credit: David Parry/PA Wire - Visit England edible map - Sweetcorn.