Countdown to Wakefield’s Rhubarb Festival

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It is almost that time when the city starts talking rhubarb as the annual food and drink festival returns later this month.

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

7 June 2013.....   celebrity chef Brian Turner kicks off the Yorkshire Food and Drink Festival  in Millenium Square Leeds

7 June 2013..... celebrity chef Brian Turner kicks off the Yorkshire Food and Drink Festival in Millenium Square Leeds

Celebrity chefs will cook at this year’s event which takes place from Friday, February 20, to Sunday, February 22, in the city centre.

Janet Oldroyd Hulme, who grows forced rhubarb at Oldroyd’s Farm in Carlton and is the ‘High Priestess’ of Rhubarb, said: “I’m really looking forward to this year’s festival as it give me the chance to meet people and get feedback.

“It’s extremely inspiring because it brings people from all over the country.

“We have regulars who come every year and some people even travel from as far as London.

“Every year it seem to get bigger and better and I’m sure this year will be no exception.”

This year’s chefs include former Ready Steady Cook chef Brian Turner, Great British Bake Off finalist Luis Troyano and Rachel Green, star of ITV Yorkshire’s Flying Cook and World on a Plate programmes.

Local chefs Heather Copley from Farmer Copley’s, Liam Duffy from Iris Restaurant and Allums Butchers and Stephanie Moon from Rudding Park will also be at the festival.

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

“The festival is a great opportunity to join the chefs as they share their favourite rhubarb recipes and cook up some tasty treats. And with lots more on offer it’s sure to be a fantastic event for all the family to enjoy.”

Wakefield Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb will take place in Wakefield Cathedral Precinct from February 20 to February 22.

It will run from 10am to 5pm on Friday and Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday.

There will be cookery demonstrations, street food, stalls, walks, tours and a market at the event.

The festival will kick off with food demonstrations by Richard Fox, Stephanie Moon,Heather Copley and Rachel Green.

Brian Turner will be cooking a culinary treat on Saturday along with botanical chocolate chef Fiona Sciolti Ashley McCarthy, Richard Fox and Heather Copley.

On Sunday, CBeebies chef Katy Ashworth will be in the kitchen with Liam Duffy, Luis Troyano and Richard Fox.

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