Can you hear the rhubarb talk starting? Celebrity chef Brian Turner signs up for Wakefield’s Rhubarb Festival

Celebrity chef Brian Turner.

Celebrity chef Brian Turner.

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Celebrity chefs will be getting the taste for rhubarb when the city’s annual food and drink festival returns next month.

Former Ready Steady Cook chef Brian Turner will be joined by Great British Bake Off finalist Luis Troyano and Rachel Green, star of ITV Yorkshire’s Flying Cook and World on a plate programmes.

Heather Copley.

Heather Copley.

The festival also welcomes local chefs Heather Copley from Farmer Copley’s, Liam Duffy from Iris Restaurant and Allums Butchers and Stephanie Moon from Rudding Park.

Coun Les Shaw, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport, said: “I’m delighted to welcome a host of celebrity chefs alongside our own amazing talent from local eateries.

“Join the chefs as they share their favourite rhubarb recipes and cook up some tasty treats at the festival. And with lots more on offer it’s sure to be a fantastic day out for all the family.”

Wakefield is part of the rhubarb growing triangle, including Morley and Rothwell.

Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb has become one of Europe’s protected foods, having gained the same status as champagne and parma ham.

The festival, now in its ninth year, has attracted more than 125,000 visitors from across the country.

It will run from Friday, February 20 until Sunday, February 22, starting at 10am.

More than 40 stalls will be selling a variety of rhubarb produce from bread, cupcakes, sausages and pies.

There will also be cookery demonstrations, street food and a Yorkshire Market.

For more information, visit www.experiencewakefield.co.uk.