Family fun at the 12th annual Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb

19/02/2018, PR8745

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

Wakefield Council is reminding residents that the city’s favourite foodie attraction returns this weekend.

The three-day Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb returns to the city centre on Friday 23, Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 February.

This year the festival is celebrating its 12th year and has added even more family entertainment to mark the occasion.

A new family marquee will be in the Bull Ring, jam-packed with fun activities and entertainment for younger visitors. Visitors can take part in exciting story and craft sessions, cooking 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!

The festival is also teaming up with regional radio station, Heart Yorkshire. Dixie and Emma from Heart Breakfast will be taking part in a special cook-off in the demonstration tent on the Saturday, where they will go head to head and have their efforts judged by Michelin award-winning chef, Jean-Christophe Novelli.

Celebrity chef, Jean-Christophe, will also once again be delighting the crowds with his culinary expertise in the demonstration tent on Saturday 24 February.

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: “This year’s festival promises to be the best one yet. Some of the region’s tastiest food and drink will be on offer, alongside amazing cookery demos, fabulous street entertainment and kid’s activities. There really is something for everyone. So come along and join us this weekend.”

The festival will have more than 70 stalls selling a variety of rhubarb produce such as breads, cakes, sausages and pies, including a Deliciously Yorkshire market.

The demonstration tent will be welcoming top local chefs including Heather Copley of Farmer Copley’s, Ashley and Ben McCarthy from Ye Old Sun, Fiona Sciolti from Sciolti Chocolates, David Jones from Bier Haus and Stephanie Moon from Rudding Park.

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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