Top celebrity chef returns to Wakefield Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb

09/01/2018, PR8725

Jean-Christophe Novelli at the 2017 Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb
Jean-Christophe Novelli at the 2017 Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb

Awarding-winning celebrity chef, Jean-Christophe Novelli, is joining the line-up for Wakefield famous Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb for the second year.

The three-day foodie festival returns for its 12th year on Friday 23 to 25 February.

The Michelin award winning chef will once again be delighting the crowds with his culinary expertise in the demonstration tent on Saturday 24 February.

Speaking about the event, Jean-Christophe said: “I am delighted to be returning to the Wakefield Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb this year. It’s a wonderful event for all ages with a great range of entertainment. I will be demonstrating some exciting dishes some of which will include Wakefield’s famous rhubarb which I will personally choose from the great choice of stalls at the festival.”

Jacquie Speight, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport
Cllr Jacquie Speight, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport

Cllr Jacquie Speight, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: “Jean-Christophe wowed the crowds last year with his amazing creations, so I’m delighted he will be joining us again in our demonstration tent this year.

“Jean-Christophe will be headlining a top line-up of incredible chefs as they share their favourite recipes. There will also be a whole host of fun street entertainment and stalls for all the family to enjoy.”

This year’s festival also welcomes top local chefs from the Yorkshire area, including Heather Copley of Farmer Copley’s and Lee Wilkinson of Deli Central, Wakefield, and many more to be announced.

The Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb takes place in Wakefield City centre and runs from 10am – 5pm on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 February, and 10am - 4pm on Sunday 25 February.

Wakefield is part of the Wakefield - Morley - Rothwell rhubarb growing triangle and the plant has played an important part in 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.

The festival was established in 2007 and last year attracted more than 135,000 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 70 stalls will be selling a variety of rhubarb produce including breads, cakes, 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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