Rhubarb festival begins in Wakefield this weekend

YORKSHIRE Forced Rhubarb is today ranked alongside Champagne and Parma ham after being placed on a list of speciality European foods news comes just a day before start of annual rhubarb festival.'Janet Oldroyd-Hulme
YORKSHIRE Forced Rhubarb is today ranked alongside Champagne and Parma ham after being placed on a list of speciality European foods news comes just a day before start of annual rhubarb festival.'Janet Oldroyd-Hulme

CHEFS, brewers and performers will all be trying to satisfy the city’s hunger for rhubarb this weekend.

Wakefield Council’s world-famous Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb kicks off on the Cathedral precinct today (Friday) at 10am, with a cooking demonstration by chef Stephanie Moon set to start at 1pm.

Food writer Elaine Lemm will sign copies of her latest book, the Great Book of Rhubarb, tomorrow (Saturday) from 12.45pm.

Festival mascot Ruby Rhubarb will conduct a jewellery-making workshop for children on Sunday from 12.45pm.

Children’s TV duo Roobarb and Custard will make a series of appearances at Trinity Walk throughout the three-day event to raise money for the PDSA vets charity.

Horbury’s Cricketers Arms will set up a beer tent in the Bull Ring, showcasing local breweries’ beers, including Five Towns’ Roo-Barb and Fernandes’s Rhubarb Bitter.

Arriva buses have also been sporting the festival logo in the run-up to the weekend.

The council’s cabinet member for culture Coun David Dagger said last year’s festival attracted more than 80,000 visitors and generated £1.8m for the local economy.

He said: “Local people are extremely proud of the district’s rhubarb heritage and this festival is a chance for them to celebrate this with friends, family and visitors.”

Wakefield Music Collective’s Rhubarb Rocks event will take place tomorrow night from 8pm at the Bull and Fairhouse pub, showcasing the talents of local bands The Sinners and The Rocketeers. Local acts will also play at Rhubarbash, at the Ridings, from 11am on Saturday.

For a full schedule of events over the next few days, visit www.experiencewakefield.co.uk