Food Drink and Rhubarb Festival is a big hit

Date: 23/02/2015​

A total of 125,000 people descended on Wakefield city centre for the ninth annual Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb.

Visitors were entertained by street performers, children's activities, cooking demonstrations and live music as well as having the chance to buy and taste a selection of rhubarb flavoured foods.

Cllr Les Shaw, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport said: "I am pleased that so many people have visited the city centre this weekend. The three days were a huge success and there was a real buzz around the city. We have had fantastic feedback about the festival from visitors and local businesses.

"The festival has grown in strength from year to year and provides a huge boost to Wakefield's local economy. I would like to thank everyone who took part in the event and thank visitors from near and far for their support, which has made the festival the success it is."

The three day festival which ran from Friday 20 to Sunday 22 February, played host to celebrity chefs – Brian Turner from BBC 2 Ready Steady Cook, Luis Troyano, Great British Bake Off finalist and Chef Rachel Green of ITV Yorkshire's Flying Cook and World on a Plate. Popular Cbeebies presenter Katy Ashworth also held a food themed sing-a-long show with interactive games.

This year's festival also welcomed a host of local chefs from the area 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.

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