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Historic Ladybridge to host first Tamworth Food Gusto Christmas Fair

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TAMWORTH’S historic Ladybridge will come to life with the sights, smells and tastes of Christmas this year as the perfect setting for the first ever Tamworth Food Gusto Christmas Fair.

Event organisers, Food Gusto, will be bringing their unique festively-themed food, drink and craft fair to the town on December 9 and 10, after three successful summers in the Castle Grounds with the popular Tamworth Food Festival.

In keeping with the Food Gusto ethos, the Christmas Fair will be made up of the finest quality food and drink producers from across the region, each bringing a taste of something truly unique to the town, alongside a range of festive entertainment for the whole family, including live music and rides for children.

The quality food and drink on offer, as well as a range of selected handmade artisan crafts, will provide the perfect opportunity for people to pick up some special Christmas gifts, while enjoying the seasonal atmosphere.

Whether you’re aiming to buy a stand out gift for that special someone, or simply want to eat, drink and be merry, the Tamworth Food Gusto Christmas Fair will have plenty to offer, from beautifully spiced mulled wine to freshly-made mince pies.

Other offerings include award-winning Melton Mowbray pies, assorted home baked cakes, flavoured liquers, farm produced cider, handmade chocolates and fudge, pink gin and vodka, sparking gold bubbly, jams, chutneys and preserves, local honey, wood fired pizza, crepes, hog roast, Asian street food, cheeses, vegan food, sea food and much, much more.

Not only is this unique two-day event a first for Tamworth, it is also the first event to be held on the newly-refurbished historic Ladybridge.

The former roadway was recently given a complete overhaul with attractive York flagstones and a golden gravel flooring along its entire length to create a level surface. The improvements included the installation of six carved flagstones depicting scenes from Tamworth’s Saxon history, as well as new bollards and street lighting.

The work to the bridge was part of a major project between Tamworth Borough Council and Staffordshire County Council to improve the links between Tamworth Town Centre and the Ventura retail parks.

Food Gusto event director, Wesley Ewing, said: “The September Tamworth Food Gusto Festival has really taken off and we wanted to build on that success by bringing something special to the town for Christmas.

“We’ve held our Christmas Fair in Ashby for the past six or seven years and I think it will be a great addition to the Christmas festivities in Tamworth. The fair will replicate the quality and provenance visitors have come to expect from Food Gusto, but with a special seasonal twist.

“Being able to hold the event on the historic Ladybridge is a real attraction. It’s taken a while to pull together, but it was worth the hard work and organisation involved. The bridge is the perfect setting for a Christmas Fair, ideally located between the town centre and the retail parks, and we’re delighted to be bringing back to life in this way.

“We’re hoping to fill the length of it with some wonderful seasonal produce and Christmas entertainment for all the family, which will include performances by our festival favourites Sincerely Yours on the Sunday. It’ll be the perfect way to start the festivities this year.”

The event runs between 10.30am and 4.30pm both days and is free to enter.

Stalls and exhibitors are carefully selected for quality and originality. Some pitches are still available – please email info@foodgusto.com, call 01530 411337, or visit the Tamworth Food Gusto Facebook page, or the website at www.tamworthfoodgusto.co.uk, for more information.

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