Family fun at the 10th Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb

Date: 25/01/2016
Ref: PR 6160

Wakefield's famous Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb returns for its 10th year and promises to be the biggest and best yet.

The food, drink and rhubarb festival will be back in Wakefield city centre on Friday 19 February until Sunday 21 February.

This year the festival is celebrating its 10th year and has added even more family entertainment to mark the occasion.

New this year is the free 'Family Zone,' provided in association with Queen Elizabeth Grammar School and Wakefield Girls' High School, who together form Wakefield Grammar School Foundation. This is taking place on Brook Street near Trinity Walk and includes 'Make and Do Fun' craft workshops and a Play Bus filled with children's soft play equipment.

Also on Brook Street, will be cookery masterclasses, 'grow your own' workshops, family storytelling sessions, face painting and a circus workshop. All the children's activities in the Family Zone are free. The new addition to the festival is also provided in association with Disney Pixar to celebrate the launch of the new Zootropolis movie.

Cllr Les Shaw, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: "We are delighted to be welcoming back our famous Wakefield food, drink and rhubarb festival for its tenth year. Excitement is already building as work is going on behind the scenes to make this the biggest and best year yet.

"This year's festival has even more tasty treats and entertainment planned than ever before and we are delighted to announce our new 'Family Zone' on Brook Street. There really is something for all the family to enjoy. I encourage everyone to come along to see what Wakefield has to offer."

Wakefield's Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb is taking place in Wakefield city centre and runs from 10am – 5pm on Friday and Saturday and 10am-4pm on the Sunday.

The weekend will showcase 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.

The festival was established in 2007 and welcomed thousands of visitors from across the country to sample the variety of fine festival foods on offer. Since then the festival has grown in popularity to become a key feature of Wakefield's event calendar.

The festival celebrates Wakefield's part in the Wakefield - Morley - Rothwell rhubarb growing triangle. 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.

To keep up to date with what's planned for the festival visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/rhubarbfest Follow @MyWakefield #rhuarbfest on Twitter, or like 'Food, Drink and Rhubarb Festival' on Facebook. ​