Rhubarb returns to the city

31/01/2018, PR8737

Cllr Jacquie Speight and Janet Oldroyd at Oldroyd's Rhubarb Forcing Sheds
Cllr Jacquie Speight and Janet Oldroyd at Oldroyd's Rhubarb Forcing Sheds

The countdown is on with just three weeks to go until Wakefield’s famous foodie festival returns to the city centre.

The Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb returns for its 12th year on Friday 23 to Sunday 25 February and the Council has today announced even more details of the entertainment and activities on offer.

The festival is once again teaming up with regional radio station, Heart Yorkshire. Dixie from Heart Breakfast will be showcasing his Morris dancing skills when he takes part alongside festival regulars – the Rhubarb Tarts.

The festival’s family marquee also has a jam-packed schedule of fun-filled activities and workshops to keep the kids entertained throughout the weekend. It includes exciting story and craft sessions, sporty activities to burn off some energy and even ‘lab rascal’ sessions to make their own sherbet and have a go at extracting rhubarb DNA!

This is all alongside the festival’s fabulous street entertainment, including stilt walking chefs, unicyclists and festival favourite, Dame Ruby Rhubarb.

Janet Oldroyd and Cllr Jacquie Speight at Oldroyd's Rhubarb Forcing Sheds
Janet Oldroyd and Cllr Jacquie Speight at Oldroyd's Rhubarb Forcing Sheds

Cllr Jacquie Speight, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: “Preparations are well underway for the 12th annual Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb. There’s plenty of activities and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy, and some of the region’s tastiest food and drink on offer. Come along and join us for what’s shaping up to be the best festival yet.”

The festival will be showcasing some of the region’s tastiest foods with cookery demonstrations, street food, and a Deliciously Yorkshire market. More than 70 stalls will be selling a variety of rhubarb produce including breads, cakes, sausages and pies.

Alongside celebrity chef, Jean Christophe-Novelli, the festival will also be welcoming a whole host of local talent in the demonstration tent. Top local chefs include Heather Copley of Farmer Copley’s, Lee Wilkinson of Deli Central, Ashley and Ben McCarthy from Ye Old Sun, Fiona Sciolti from Sciolti Chocolates, David Jones from Bier Haus and Stephanie Moon from Rudding Park.

Throughout the festival weekend, tours are also taking place of the forcing sheds at Oldroyd’s farm in Carlton. Visitors will be able to see the rhubarb growing in the dark, being harvested by candlelight. Booking is essential at

New to the festival this year - visitors will be able join in the fun on Snapchat by using and sharing pictures at the event using the specially-created rhubarb filter.

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.

To keep up to date with information about this year’s festival, visit
www.experiencewakefield.co.uk/rhubarb or on Facebook and Twitter using #rhubarbfest.

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