Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb welcomes top celebrity chef
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celebrity chef, Jean-Christophe Novelli, is joining the line-up for Wakefield’s
famous Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb next month.
The three-day festival returns to Wakefield for its 11th year on Friday 17 to
Sunday 19 February.
Jean-Christophe Novelli is a 5 out of 5 AA Rosette and Michelin award winning
chef, who is also dubbed ‘the nation’s favourite French chef’. He will be showcasing
his culinary talents at 12.30pm and 2.30pm on Saturday 18 February.
Speaking about the event, Jean-Christophe said: “I am really looking forward to
coming to Wakefield on the 18 February to be involved with the Food, Drink and
Rhubarb Festival. My demonstrations will be packed with healthy tips, artistic
techniques and lots of fun. I will be using local produce including Wakefield’s
He will be joining another celebrity chef, and Festival of Food, Drink and
Rhubarb regular, Rachel Green - star of ITV Yorkshire’s Flying Cook and World
on a Plate. Rachel will be at the festival on Friday 17 February, showing her
demonstrations at 10.30 am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm.
Cllr Les Shaw, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport said: “I’m delighted
to welcome Jean-Christophe Novelli to this year’s festival line-up, alongside
our own amazing talent from local eateries. Jean-Christophe will be a highlight
of the cookery demonstrations and I hope many people come along to see him in
“The festival is a great opportunity to join the chefs as they share their
favourite rhubarb recipes and cook up some tasty treats. And with lots more on
offer it’s sure to be a fantastic event for all the family to enjoy.”
This year’s festival also welcomes top local chefs from the Yorkshire area,
including Liam Duffy from Iris, Lee Wilkinson from Deli Central, David
Greenwood-Haigh from Coeur De Xocolat, Ashley & Ben from Ye Old Sun and
The Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb takes place in Wakefield City centre
and runs from 10am – 5pm on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 February, and 10am - 4pm
on Sunday 19 February.
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
Wakefield’s famous rhubarb has joined the hallowed ranks of Europe’s protected
foods, with the same status as Champagne and Parma Ham.
The festival was established in 2007 and last year attracted more than 125,000
visitors from across the country, with visitors being invited to sample a
variety of fine festival foods.
The festival showcases 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. More than 40 stalls will be selling a variety of Rhubarb produce
from bread, cupcakes, sausages and pies.
To keep up to date with information about this year’s festival, visit ww.wakefield.gov.uk/Rhubarb