Don’t miss out on the Food Drink and Rhubarb Festival

​Date: 09/02/2015

With 11 days to go until the Food, Drink and Rhubarb Festival, we are reminding residents not to miss out on the fun filled weekend.

The event will take place over three days from Friday 20 February to Sunday 22 February between 10am and 5pm, and will include a host of treats for everyone to enjoy.

It will welcome a list of celebrity chefs – Brian Turner from BBC 2 Ready Steady Cook, Great British Bake Off finalist Luis Troyano, Chef Rachel Green of ITV Yorkshire's Flying Cook and World on a Plate. Popular Cbeebies presenter Katy Ashworth will 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.

Cllr Les Shaw, Cabinet Member for Culture and Sport said: "It's not long before the fun begins at our Food Drink and Rhubarb Festival and I am reminding residents to get the date in their dairy and not to miss out on the weekend of treats.

"There is so much is happening, with something for everyone with a chance to see cookery demonstrations from some of the best celebrity and local chefs, enjoying a variety of rhubarb flavoured food. There will also be a great line up of fun street entertainment."

The festival will include 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. 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, such as Rhubarb Fudge, Goats Cheese and Rhubarb pizza, Rhubarb Ginger brown sugar crepe, Rhubarb sausage 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.

Local radio station, RidingsFM will be joining in the celebrations by presenting their breakfast show from the city centre.

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, with visitors being invited to sample a variety of fine festival foods.

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