Success for 10th Food, Drink and Rhubarb Festival

​Date: 22/02/2016

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Wakefield city centre welcomed thousands of visitors over the weekend as the Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb returned for its 10th year.

As many as 125,000 people descended on Wakefield to celebrate the famous festival from Friday 19 February until Sunday 21 February. 

Visitors were entertained by street performers, children's activities, cooking demonstrations and live music as well as being tempted by local businesses offering tasty products to sample and buy.

Cllr Les Shaw, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: "I am delighted that the rhubarb festival was such a huge success once again. Ten amazing years of the festival have seen it get bigger and better every year and this year was no exception. We saw thousands of people visit Wakefield over the three day weekend and have had great feedback from residents and local visitors.

"The Food, Drink and Rhubarb Festival is well known, both locally and nationally, and really puts Wakefield on the map. The amount of visitors to the festival and the city centre provides a huge boost to our local economy every year.

"I would like to thank everyone who took part in the event that have helped make it the success that it is. I would also like to thank residents and visitors for the continued support of the event."

The three day festival, from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 February, played host to celebrity 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.

This year's festival also welcomed a host of local chefs from the area with 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, Fiona Sciolti from Sciolti Chocolates, Paul Marshall from Beer Exchange, Beth Dawson and Luke Jepson from The Six Chimneys,  and Prett Tejua from Curry Cuisine.

This year also welcomed a new addition to the festival line up – the free 'Family Zone'. Provided in association with Wakefield Grammar School Foundation, the zone welcomed hundreds of families into its fun craft workshops and the Play Bus of children's soft play equipment was lively all weekend. 

The Council's Facebook and Twitter sites have been filled with messages from satisfied visitors along with pictures and messages of thanks from local businesses involved in the event.

To catch up with the conversation and photos from the event visit www.facebook.com/rhubarbfestival or follow #rhubarbfest