Video: Hundreds attend first day of Wakefield Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb

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Hundreds of people have attended the first day of Wakefield Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb.

More than 40 stalls have been set up in and around the Cathedral Precinct and Bull Ring, offering some of the region’s tastiest grub.

There have also been cookery demonstrations from celebrity chefs, food tasting, children’s activities and even more is planned for tomorrow and Sunday.

Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for culture Coun David Dagger, said: “I’m really pleased that the cold weather hasn’t deterred people from coming along to enjoy the festival.

“It’s been a great first day with The Fabulous Baker Brothers going down a storm and with much more planned for Saturday and Sunday, I hope everyone will come along and see what the festival has to offer.”

The BBC’s Rachel Green will be cooking in a marquee set up in the Cathedral Precinct tomorrow from 11am until 3pm.

The Gissing Centre, in Thompson’s Yard, is part of the festival for the first time as it hosts an exhibition celebrating the history of the rhubarb.

Items will include old photographs of the first rhubarb growing sheds in Bottomboat.

The centre will be open tomorrow from 10.30am until 3.30pm.

Children’s activities will be on offer at Wakefield Chantry Chapel tomorrow, from 11am until 3pm.

And there are also tours of Ossett Brewery and displays at Wakefield One Museum.