Crowds flock to Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb

25/02/2019, PR-8997

Rhubarb Festival 2019
Rhubarb Festival 2019

Tens of thousands of visitors enjoyed the thirteenth annual Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb in Wakefield at the weekend.

Visitors to the three-day festival were treated to a weekend of top entertainment, the region's tastiest food and drink and demonstrations from top TV personalities and chefs.

Highlights of the 2019 festival included cookery demonstrations from Wakefield's very own star of the 'Great British Bake Off', Karen Wright, TV presenter Katie Rushworth from ITV's 'Love Your Garden', who returned to her Yorkshire roots and Chris Bavin, from the BBC's 'Eat Well For Less', who impressed spectators with his healthy cooking tips on a budget.

Families were entertained by popular street performers and a jam-packed weekend of children's activities including face painting and vegetable critter workshops.

The busy market was popular throughout the weekend, with visitors being tempted by local businesses offering tasty products to sample and buy.

Jacquie Speight, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport

Cllr Jacquie Speight, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, who visited the festival and saw for herself how popular it was, said: "I am delighted that so many people visited Wakefield at the weekend for our rhubarb festival, it was our busiest year so far.

"The festival has grown in strength every year and this year was no exception with its top line-up of talented chefs, fun activities for all the family and unique market with the region's tastiest food and drink.

"I would like to thank everyone who took part and thank all the visitors from near and far for their support, as well as all the local businesses for making the festival the success it is."

This year's festival also welcomed the Rhu-Bar Tent, a fully heated Yurt situated in the Bull Ring, which hosted a sold-out comedy club on Friday evening and was enjoyed by many throughout the weekend with live music from Karen Clegg, artists associated with the city's Long Division music festival and the Wakefield Music Collective.

The Council's social media sites have been filled with messages from satisfied visitors along with pictures and messages of thanks from local businesses involved in the event.

Photographs from the festival can be seen on the Rhubarb Festival's Facebook and Twitter pages (@RhubarbFestival) and visitors are encouraged to keep sending them in.

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