DOZENS of unique and artisan food producers will be coming to Tamworth this September, offering food lovers the chance to sample and buy a range of top quality tantalising treats.
So far, more than 60 businesses have signed up to take part in the first ever Tamworth Food Gusto Festival on September 12 and September 13, bringing some of the region’s finest culinary delights to the area.
Throughout the two-day festival in the Castle Grounds visitors will be able to discover everything from pickles to pastries, as well as plenty to wash it down with.
The main food festival arena will be made up of Tamworth’s creative food producers and many businesses from further afield.
Exhibitors lined up include Vintage Makes and Bakes, Benningtons Sauces, Brockleby’s, Everyday Delicious, Julie’s Pickles and Preserves, Just Juice It Ltd, Melbourne Sweets and Treats, Stud Farm Meats, Chocolate Perfection Ltd, Cherry Tree Derbyshire, The Artisan and Farmhouse Cheese Company, Fudge by Sophie, Khan’s Cooking Kitchen, The Malted Waffle Company, Gaytons Bakery, Biddulph’s Pizzeria, I Love Crepes, Leicestershire Handmade Cheese, Martin Greenfield Lamb Burgers, Thai For Now, Spice It Up BBQ, Sumnall & Son, Roasters of Tamworth, Buzzards Valley Vineyard, Sandyback Roasting Co, Farmer Fear Cider, The Gin Emporium, Spyder Ginger Beer, Karen In a Jam, Hurst View Cider, Classic Wine Company and Tamworth Country Market.
Tamworth-based Sticky Fingers Café will also be bringing their unique range of homemade gelato ice creams to the event, scooped up fresh from their quirky ice-cream bikes.
Mike Harvey and his daughter Carol Tatlow set up the business just over a year ago after seeing ice cream being made at an agricultural show. Hooked on the idea, Mike went for training and bought his own machine which he now uses to produce tubs of ice cream from his café in King Street, Tamworth.
Carol and Mike’s Sticky Fingers Café is going from strength to strength, selling direct to business, catering for weddings, parties and events and out on the road with the fun ice cream bikes.
This week alone Mike was busy making more than 150 2.5-litre tubs of ice cream in a variety of flavours, all made with ingredients direct from Italy and using British milk and cream.
Carol said: “At any one time we have up to 24 flavours in the cabinet and the café will be open over the festival weekend for a wider range of flavours such as fruits of the forest, Ferrero Rocher and white chocolate and cranberry, but we have recipes for around 150 more. Mike is often experimenting with new and different ingredients and we can also make sorbets and frozen yoghurts.
“We are really looking forward to showcasing what we do at the Tamworth Food Gusto Festival and will be bringing some of our top flavours with us, such as chocolate and orange ripple, cookie dough, Maltesers and salted caramel and of course our blue bubble gum.”
Tamworth’s Town Team, Destination Tamworth, has teamed up with Food Gusto to organise the town’s first ever food festival.
The event will have something to offer people of all ages, with children’s activities, live music and a beer tent selling specialty ales.
International personal chef Simon Smith will be carrying out live cooking demonstrations throughout the Saturday, giving people top tips for simple ‘easy-entertaining’ recipes.
There will also be a host of activities taking place over the course of the weekend, including the annual Lucky Stars Line Dancing Festival on September 12 and national Heritage Open Day on September 13, which includes free entry to Tamworth Castle (must be booked in advance).
Any local food and drink producers which would like to have a stall at the festival can contact Food Gusto on 01530 411337 to check availability.
Entrance to the Food Festival area will be charged at £1 per adult while under-16s (accompanied by an adult) get in free of charge.