Festival family fun at Wakefield Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb

​Ref: PR 8473
Date: 2/1/2017

With just over two weeks to go until Wakefield's Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb, the Council is reminding residents not to miss out on the family fun filled weekend.

The festival returns for its 11th year on Friday 17 to Sunday 19 February and there are lots of free children's activities and workshops taking place.

New this year is the exciting Rhubarb Festival Family Trail. Families can take part by tracking down the rhubarb characters hiding in shop windows around the city centre. Those that take part will be in with a chance to win a £50 shopping voucher. Trail maps can be picked up from the Visitor Information Point at Wakefield Cathedral, The Ridings Shopping Centre Information Desk or Wakefield Museum.

In the family fun zone, sponsored by Manning Stainton, children can also get their hands dirty and learn how to grow their own plants and vegetables in the 'Grow Your Own' workshops taking place throughout the three day festival. They will also get to take home their own little radish pack to watch their seedlings flourish at home.

Other entertainment includes face painting, 'make your own chef hat' sessions and a special rhubarb exhibition at Wakefield Museum with rhubarb craft activities on the Friday and Saturday, 12noon - 3pm. There will also be children's activities taking place at Wakefield Library on the Saturday (18 February) 9am - 4pm.

Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: "It's not long before the fun begins so please make sure to get the date in your diary so you can come along and enjoy the tasty treats and fun activities.

"There is so much happening with children's workshops, family activities, street entertainment and cookery demonstrations from some of the best celebrity and local chefs you won't want to miss out. Come along and join us for the best festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb yet."

Free cookery demonstrations take place throughout the weekend with Michelin award winning celebrity chef, Jean-Christophe Novelli taking to the stage on Saturday 18 February, 12.30pm and 2.30pm. Other highlights in the demonstration tent include TV chef Rachel Green on Friday 17 February at 10.30 am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm and Farmer Copley's Head Chef, Carl Frost, on Friday 17 at 12.30pm.

The festival also welcomes other local top chefs including Liam Duffy from Iris, Lee Wilkinson from Deli Central, David Greenwood-Haigh from Coeur De Xocolat, Ashley & Ben from Ye Old Sun and many more.

Children's cookery sessions are also taking place on Sunday, 11am - 1pm, where exploding rockets and erupting jelly will be all part of the foodie fun.

Shoppers can also grab a bargain at Wakefield's increasingly popular traditional outdoor market, which is temporarily moving to Brook Street and Teall Street, on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 February as part of the festival. Traders will be offering a great choice of fresh local produce, clothing, cosmetics, jewellery, and much more.

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.

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 www.experiencewakefield.co.uk/rhubarb  

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