Food festival extension

Rhubarb festival'Wakefield college put on a demonstration
Rhubarb festival'Wakefield college put on a demonstration

A SHOWCASE of delicious produce will feature at the heart of next month’s rhubarb festival.

A group of the city’s independent businesses have been inspired to create unique cheeses, meat products, jams, preserves, drinks, and sweet and savoury bakery items.

This year’s Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb – the sixth to be run by Wakefield Council – will also take place over three days for the first time.

Hofmann’s butchers are among those who will provide award-winning food for the sampling showcase.

Owner Nigel Hofmann said: “Wakefield is world-famous for rhubarb and we are proud to support this very unique food festival.”

Coun David Dagger, cabinet member for culture, said: “I am really excited that these products are being showcased at this year’s festival and would like to thank all the local businesses involved for their contribution.

“The festival is growing from strength to strength each year and has proved so popular that we have added an extra day to fit it all in. I hope everyone will come and join us as we celebrate Wakefield’s rhubarb heritage.”

Professional chefs and food producers will show off their skills at the festival.

It involves an hour’s cookery demonstration for chefs to display their signature dishes on big screens using local produce.

A stage kitchen sponsored by AGA Rangemaster will be used again this year.

The festival will take place in the city centre from Friday, February 24 to Sunday, February 26.

A schedule of events will be available soon.