Visitors head to Wakefield rhubarb festival

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The 11th annual Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb started in Wakefield city centre yesterday.

The three-day festival which continues this weekend is packed with entertainment, the region’s tastiest food and most talented chefs.

PIC: Simon Hulme

PIC: Simon Hulme

There is street food, a market with more than 40 stalls including a variety of rhubarb produce, entertainment including shopping trolley dance team ‘Granny Turismo’, and the 
festival’s own Dame Ruby Rhubarb.

Free cookery demonstrations are taking place throughout the weekend with Michelin award winning celebrity chef, Jean-Christophe Novelli taking to the stage today at 12.30pm and 2.30pm.

The festival also welcomes other local top chefs including Liam Duffy from Iris, Lee Wilkinson from Deli Central and David Greenwood-Haigh from Coeur De Xocolat.

The Famous Ginger Badger and Wakefield Beer Exchange are also taking part.

Children’s cookery sessions are taking place tomorrow from 11am to 1pm, when exploding rockets and erupting jelly will be all part of the foodie fun. In the family fun zone, children can get their hands dirty and learn how to grow their own plants and vegetables.

There will also be face painting, a make-your-own chef hat and at Wakefield Museum, a special rhubarb exhibition and crafts.

Coun Les Shaw, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for culture said: “The popular three day festival showcases some of the region’s tastiest foods and most talented chefs from across the country, with cookery demonstrations, street food, and a market combined with family-friendly street entertainment.

“We look forward to welcoming many visitors to the city centre this weekend.”

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