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What’s On

The Tamworth Food Gusto Festival is all about experiencing new local food & drink and enjoying a great family day out. We’ve got a great range of different activities below!

Quality Lunch

Why not try something new and enjoy lunch out where you can choose between wood fired pizza, organic beef burgers, venison and bison, spicy homemade samosas, Authentic Caribbean BBQ, Indian cuisine and Thai to name but a few. These could all be washed down with an barista coffee, local craft ale and cider, cocktails or English wines grown and produced in the Midlands.

Cooking Demonstrations

This year’s Food Gusto at Tamworth brings together a wealth of culinary ideas in the cookery marquee. All you need to know about bread making, honey production, food from Vietnam, Morocco, Thailand and how to pull off the perfect dinner party with no stress. Come along to the light-hearted demos for some fun and laughs whilst picking up some cheffy tips at the same time. Bring the dog, granny, glass of wine or whatever you fancy, sit down for 40 minutes and relax, let us do the work.

11.00 Simon Smith, Private Chef, Easy Entertaining
12.00 Ruth Redgate Hunnypot Cottage Bakery, The Joys Of Bread Making
1.00 Simon Smith, Private Chef, Food From Around The World
2.00 Matthew Ingram Holt Hall Apiary, Fascinating Facts About Bees And Honey Making
3.00 Simon Smith, Private Chef, Puds And Pies

The demos are being expertly ran by Simon Smith, a private chef based in Lichfield, Staffordshire. He has decades of experience in restaurants, hotels, private villas, British Embassies, yachts and cookery schools and will guide you effortlessly through some great new and easy recipes. He’s joined this year by local artisans who will open the lid on their craft and give you some insight into their process.

Live Music

We are passionate about supporting up and coming musicians. We have a line up of live music that you can sit and relax to while soaking up the great food and drink on offer.

Saturday:
10:30-11:00 – Music through PA
11:00-12:00 – Rob and Mitch to start
12:00-1:00 – Ad Sheeran
1:00-2:00 – Warren and Connie
2:00-3:00 – Jack Varey
3:00-4:00 – Sam Hinds
4:00-5:00 – Rob and Mitch to end

Sunday:
10:30-11:00 – Music through PA
11:00-12:00 – Rob and Mitch to start
12:00-1:00 – Warren and Connie
1:00-2:00 – ELBA
2:00-3:00 – Leah Wilcox
3:00-4:00 – Dorothy Ella
4:00-5:00 – Kevin Bradley

Find out more about them below!

Rob Lea and Mitch Colcombe – Rob and Mitch will be running the live music stage at Tamworth Food Gusto festival. The pair perform a variety of popular, acoustic, covers individually and as a duo, providing the perfect backdrop for those chilled festival vibes. 

Ad Sheeran – Up and coming Ed Sheeran tribute act playing all of the ‘Perfect’ singer’s best known tracks as well as some other popular covers performed in an energetic, Ed Sheeran style.

Sam Hinds – Fantastic, local, singer songwriter performing an eclectic mix of covers and original music in the rock/pop/country style. You won’t want to miss this husky, powerful voice.

Warren Stanford and Connie Bolton – This duo are both incredible performers in their own right – Warren performed at last year’s Food Gusto Festival in Tamworth and this year he brings the immensely talented Connie along to join his set of well known covers that showcase the pairs’ vocal abilities. 

Kevin Bradley – Kevin is a Walsall based singer songwriter who will be bringing his effortless, soulful vocals and vibrant guitar playing to this years Tamworth Food Gusto Festival. Showcasing his varied set list of classic and contemporary covers as well as his own original material.

Dorothy Ella – Dorothy is a funky singer songwriter from Burton on Trent whose music touches on Soul, Disco and Pop. Her sound is very upbeat, citing her major influences as Lianne La Havas, Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder. She throws in a little Beyoncé sass to her live performances to help get the crowd boogying.

ELBA – ELBA are a local, originals band who will be performing a stripped back acoustic set of their own songs as well as a couple of well known covers. Their easy listening brand of rock/pop music is well suited to the festival setting.

Children’s Entertainment

There is a great selection of children’s rides available, along with face painting, henna tattoos and glitter tattoos. On Sunday we also have The Owl Man, who has a display of birds of prey.