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One of the first major foodie events in the UK's festival calendar in Wakefield

Published 11th Feb 2014 by Rebecca Greenhough

​Wakefield’s Festival of Food, Drink & Rhubarb is one of the first major events in the UK’s ‘foodie’ calendar and is proud to celebrate Wakefield’s traditional links with rhubarb growing.

The festival runs over three days Friday 21st – Saturday 22nd February from 10.00am - 5.00pm and Sunday 23rd February 10.00am - 4.00pm. It is jam packed with cookery demonstrations from the country’s most talented chefs, street entertainers, local produce markets, hot food and plenty of rhubarb! 

This year's festival market will showcase local producers selling specialist cheeses, breads, chutneys, sauces, Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb (of course) and lots more.

The festival is pleased to welcome this year’s celebrity chefs Simon Rimmer, Rachel Green, Sean Wilson and Ben Ebbrell from ITV’s Munch Box. 

This year also sees the return of the popular Real Ale Trail and fringe events across the city centre including guided tours and Rhubarb Afternoon Tea. 

Local farm shops Blacker Hall Farm, OldroydsRhubarb Triangle Farm Shop and Farmer Copley’s are also taking part in the festival.

Oldroyds Rhubarb Experience at the Yorkshire Rhubarb Forcing Shed return's this year allowing you visitors to witness the unbelievable sight of rhubarb growing indoors, in total darkness and out of season. Listen you might just hear it growing!

The visit starts with a talk by Janet Oldroyd Hulme known as ‘The High Priestess of Rhubarb’ where visitors will be taken back in time to 2700BC to trace rhubarb’s interesting ancient history.

At the end of the tour visitors will have the opportunity to purchase fresh forced rhubarb at farm prices, rhubarb roots to grow at home and a range of rhubarb products including speciality preserves.

For more information on Wakefield's Festival of Food, Drink & Rhubarb visit the website and follow @MyWakefield on Twitter and Facebook.


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