Food drink and rhubarb festival welcomes celebrity chefs
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Wakefield’s famous food, drink and rhubarb festival returns with a host of famous names and faces cooking up some tasty treats.
The three day festival, from Friday 21 to Sunday 23 February, will play host to celebrity chefs - Simon Rimmer from Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, Sean Wilson former Coronation Street star turned chef, ITV’s children’s favourite Ben Ebbrell from Munchbox and TV chef Rachel Green star of ITV Yorkshire’s Flying Cook and World on a plate.
This year’s festival also welcomes a host of local chefs from the area with Shaun Mounsey from Create Café in Wakefield, Heather Copley from Farmer Copley’s, Liam Duffy from Iris Restaurant and Allums Butchers, Stephanie Moon from Rudding Park and Ashley McCarthy from Ye Old Sun Inn.
Cllr David Dagger, Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Libraries, said: “I’m delighted to welcome a host of celebrity chefs alongside our own amazing talent from local eateries. Join the chefs as they share their favourite rhubarb recipes and cook up some tasty treats at the festival. And with lots more on offer it’s sure to be a fantastic day out for all the family.”
The festival now in its eight year takes place in Wakefield City centre and runs from 10am – 5pm on Friday and Saturday and 10am-4pm on the Sunday.
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 festival was established in 2007 and in 2013 attracted over 120,000 visitors from across the country, with visitors being invited to sample a variety of fine festival foods.
The festival showcases some of the region’s tastiest foods and most talented chefs from across the country, with cookery demonstrations, street food, walks and tours and a deliciously Yorkshire Market combined with street entertainment.
For full details of what’s on at the festival and when visit www.wakefield.gov.uk. Or keep up to date with announcements on Twitter @MyWakefield #rhuarbfest or like www.facebook.com/rhubarbfestival