Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb returns next week

​Date: 09/02/2016
Ref: PR 6170

Celebrity chefs will be cooking up some tasty treats at this year's Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb.

The Council's famous festival is returning to Wakefield city centre to celebrate its 10th year on Friday 19 until Sunday 21 February.

Joining the celebrations are top TV chefs Rachel Green and Peter Sidwell. Rachel is the star of ITV Yorkshire's Flying Cook and World on a Plate and has appeared on Sunday Brunch and The One Show. Peter found fame presenting Britain's Top Bakery and Lakes on a Plate.

The festival is also welcoming a host of local chefs to display their cooking talents. Joining the line-up is Heather Copley from Farmer Copley's, David Greenwood-Haigh from Coeur de Xocolat Ltd, Stephanie Moon from Rudding Park, Gary Dennis from Handmade Burger, David Jones from Bier Huis, Ashley McCarthy and Ben McCarthy from Ye Old Sun Inn, Gemma Alderson from Hogarth's, Fiona Sciolti from Sciolti Chocolates, Paul Marshall from Beer Exchange, Sofira Morana, Beth Dawson and Luke Jepson from The Six Chimneys, Prett Tejua from Curry Cuisine and Zoe Hasselman from The Tree House.

Cllr Les Shaw, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: "This year we are delighted to welcome some famous faces to our cookery tent. Rachel Green will be returning to the festival's cooking stage on the Friday and Peter Sidwell will be demonstrating how to make delicious rhubarb dishes in the Cookery Theatre on the Saturday.

"I'm also pleased that we are welcoming back a whole host of our amazing local talent. Come and see the local chefs in action as they share their favourite rhubarb recipes.

"There is so much going on through the three days so don't miss out on this fantastic weekend in Wakefield."

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.

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.

For full details of what is on and when, visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/rhubarbfest  Follow @MyWakefield #rhubarbfest on Twitter, or like 'Food, Drink and Rhubarb Festival' on Facebook.