Wakefield welcomes celebrity chefs for Rhubarb Festival

​Date: 20/01/15

Wakefield's famous food, drink and rhubarb festival returns next month (Feb) with a host of famous names and faces cooking up some tasty treats.

The three day festival, from Friday 20 to Sunday 22 February, will play welcome celebrity chefs - Brian Turner from BBC Two Ready Steady Cook, Great British Bake Off finalist Luis Troyano and chef Rachel Green star of ITV Yorkshire's Flying Cook and World on a Plate.

This year's festival also welcomes top local chefs from the Yorkshire area with Heather Copley from Farmer Copley's, Liam Duffy from Iris Restaurant and Allums Butchers and Stephanie Moon from Rudding Park.

Cllr Les Shaw, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport said: "I'm delighted to welcome celebrity chefs alongside our own amazing talent from local eateries. The festival is a great opportunity to join the chefs as they share their favourite rhubarb recipes and cook up some tasty treats. And with lots more on offer it's sure to be a fantastic event for all the family to enjoy."

The festival now in its ninth year takes place in Wakefield City centre and runs from 10am – 5pm on Friday and Saturday and 10am-4pm on the Sunday.

Wakefield is part of the Wakefield - Morley - Rothwell rhubarb growing triangle and the plant has played an important part of 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 in 2014 attracted more than 125,000 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 40 stalls will be selling a variety of Rhubarb produce from bread, cupcakes, sausages and pies.