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Food, food, glorious food with drink to wash it down
Visitors to Tamworth this weekend are being invited to eat and drink with 'gusto' when the Staffordshire town's annual culinary festival takes to the streets. The Tamworth Food Gusto Festival will serve up a selection of the region's finest food and drink, alongside live music, entertainment and fun for the whole family. The jam-packed two-day festival, organised by Food Gusto, will be back in the picturesque setting of Tamworth Castle Grounds on Saturday 8 September and Sunday 9 September when around 80 of the region's best artisan food and drink producers will be displaying their wares, together with live cooking demonstrations and talks. The tantalising array of culinary delights will again be complemented by a packed programme of entertainment, making it the perfect weekend out for foodies and families alike. This includes live music from local singers and band as well as fairground rides, face painting, games and activities for children.

Tamworth Food Gusto Festival
A butchery demo at Tamworth Food Gusto Festival

Festival-goers will be able to feast on treats such as juicy hog roast, woodfired pizza, Caribbean barbecue, organic burgers and creamy handmade ice-cream, before washing it down with locally brewed beer in the beer tent, local English wines, cocktails, Prosecco, barista coffees and select teas. What you can't eat on the day you can take home with you as local producers will be selling delicious treats to take away including hams, sausages, organic meat, handmade cheeses, handmade chocolates, honey, cakes, fudge, exotic mushrooms, jams, pickles, pates, herbs, handmade crisps, gins, cider, and craft beer. This year's festival also includes gluten-free and nut free treats from Bak'd Cake, such as soft chocolate brownies, crispy chocolate chip butter cookies and zingy lemon drizzles.

Tamworth Food Gusto Festival
A selection of mouth-watering local pies

Food lovers can learn how to prepare and cook their food with live cooking and butchery demonstrations from the show kitchen. These will be led by chef Simon Smith who will be cooking up some exciting international dishes that are healthy, tasty, colourful and simple to make. On Saturday, Simon will be joined for his 1pm demonstration by Donna Joseph from Buoli coconut oil which has a gold star Taste Award. She will discuss the product's medical and culinary uses while Simon will use it in his demonstration. Also demonstrating in the kitchen on Saturday will be butcher Mat Gothard from Bates of Atherstone who was selected to represent England at the International Young Butcher of the Year competition in Holland. On Sunday, Simon will be joined in the kitchen by Laura Sutton of Cake Spa, who will be demonstrating baking and cake decorating, and Karen from Karen in a Jam based at nearby Hints Farm House.

Tamworth Food Gusto Festival
Pizza delight awaits visitors to the food festival

Food Gusto event director, Wesley Ewing, said: "The Tamworth Food Gusto Festival is establishing itself as a very popular fixture in Tamworth's annual calendar of events and we've worked hard to create an unforgettable experience for the festival goer. Our festivals are about relaxing and having a good time as a family, while enjoying some of the finest locally-produced food and drink this region has to offer." Gates open at 10.30am until 5pm both days. Entry to the festival arena is 2 per adult and free for children under 10. More information is available via the Tamworth Food Gusto Facebok page, or the website at
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Why? From hog roast to hand-made chocolates
When: September 8 and 9
Phone: 01530 411337
Where: Tamworth Castle Grounds, Holloway, Tamworth B79 7NA
Cost: 2 entry
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