When: 20th – 22nd February 2015, 10am – 5pm
Where: Wakefield, West Yorkshire
£: Ticket prices depend on the event. Some events are free.
What is it?
The Wakefield Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb will take place over three days from Friday 20th February to Sunday 22nd February, with a host of treats for everyone to enjoy.
The festival is a celebration of the region’s famous rhubarb crop and will have a broad range of events. There will be everything from rhubarb-themed cookery demonstrations by celebrity and local chefs, to some equally fruity street entertainment.
This year the festival will welcome a list of celebrity chefs including Brian Turner from the BBC’s Ready Steady Cook, Great British Bake Off finalist Luis Troyano, and Rachel Green from ITV Yorkshire’s Flying Cook and World on a Plate. Popular Cbeebies presenter Katy Ashworth will also be hosting a food themed sing-a-long show with interactive games.
Top local chefs will also showcase the event with names including Heather Copley from Farmer Copley’s, Liam Duffy from Iris Restaurant and Allums Butchers, Stephanie Moon from Rudding Park, James Lodge from Mex Cantina, Ashely McCarthy from Ye Old Sun Inn, Adam Taylor from the Grill Pit and Fiona Sciolti from Sciolti Botanical Chocolates. A cocktail demonstration will also be held by Six Chimneys from local pub Weatherspoons.
The festival will include some of the region’s tastiest foods with street food, walks and tours, and a deliciously Yorkshire Market. There will also be street entertainment from dance group, the Rhubarb Tarts and the return of the popular Dame Ruby Rhubarb.
More than 40 stalls will be selling a variety of cold and warm rhubarb-themed food near the bullring. Visitors can sample food such as rhubarb fudge, goats cheese and rhubarb pizza, rhubarb sausages and rhubarb cheesecake. There will be a selection of treats from food stalls including Handmade Burger, Johnsons Toffee, Crepe Lucette, Sausage and Co, Spicy Jack Deli and Café 19.
Wakefield is part of the Wakefield – Morley – Rothwell rhubarb growing triangle and the plant has played an important part of the local economy for over 150 years. Wakefield’s famous rhubarb has joined the hallowed ranks of Europe’s protected foods, with the same status as Champagne and Parma ham. The Food, Drink and Rhubarb festival was established in 2007 and in 2014 attracted more than 125,000 visitors from across the country.