Wakefield Rhubarb Festival
Wakefield Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb 2017
Wakefield loves a good celebration that draws families together for some fun-filled frolics. When those celebrations revolve around local traditions, customs or ways of life, it’s even better.
The Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb, started ten years ago in 2007, is all those things.
Running over the weekend of 17th to 19th February, there’s a whole programme of informative fun and entertainment planned around the town. If you’re passionate about food and drink, love rhubarb in all its guises, or simply value Wakefield itself, you won’t want to miss it.
The Long Rhubarb History in Wakefield
For hundreds of years Wakefield has grown some of the best quality forced rhubarb you’ll find anywhere. It’s part of the Rhubarb Triangle and adds much to the area’s economy.
For those interested in learning more about the history behind the Wakefield Rhubarb story, Wakefield Museum has a special event running till 20th February 2017. Entry is free, with one intriguing aspect being able to hear the sounds of Rhubarb growing out of season.
Wakefield has gathered together celebrity and professional cooks to entertain and inform visitors with their culinary skills, including plenty of rhubarb inspired dishes.
Those not to miss include Jean-Christophe Novelli, the French Michelin award winning and AA Rosette chef. He’ll be at the Rhubarb Festival on Saturday 18th Feb between 12.30 and 2.30pm. Don’t miss it!
There are plenty of others too: On Friday 17th, Rachel Green is doing her stuff, along with Carl Frost from Farmer Copley’s and students from Doncaster College. Then on Saturday, along with Jean-Christophe Novelli, you can look forward to Deli Central’s Lee Wilkinson and Sciolti Chocolate’s Fiona Scolti, along with many more. The culinary fun continues on Sunday with more demonstrations and a Thomas Kitten Children’s Session with Clover Hutson.
Just for the Kids
Children’s events are always important, not just for the fun element but also for their educational value. This year, kids can learn how to grow their own plants and veg, and take home a little radish pack to grow some seedlings. You can look out for children’s activities by the entrance to the Ridings Shopping Centre near Waterstones.
There is also the ever popular face painting sessions, and the chance for budding chefs to make their very own hat with a personal touch. In the demonstration marquee Sunday 19th between 11am and 3pm, children’s cookery sessions include exploding rockets and erupting jelly!
Street Activities and Fringe Events
As always, Wakefield is hosting a load of other entertainment around the town centre. Street entertainment is always a crowd puller, and with good reason. Look out for Granny Turismo on shopping trolleys, and the ever-glamorous Ruby Rhubarb. There’s also music from Hot Diners, stilt walkers, a unicyclist and some crazy waiters.
Other Fringe events include the Cathedral Rhubarb Trail at Wakefield Cathedral, Rhubarb Jam at Wakefield Beer Exchange, and Rhubarb Rocks as Fernandes Brewery Tap and Bier Keller.
We’re sure you’ll agree, even if rhubarb isn’t your favourite there’s still loads to love at the Wakefield Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb.