The fifth annual Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb takes place on Friday the 26th and Saturday the 27th of February, organized and hosted by the Wakefield Council, and this year with an additional sponsor, Welcome to Yorkshire. Everyone involved is just delighted with the prospect, and expects this year to be better than ever.
In case you weren’t aware, Wakefield is famous for its rhubarb, and the versatile vegetable has attained the same status as Parma Ham; Wakefield Forced Rhubarb is now on the list of Europe’s protected foods. It has been an important part of the local economy for 150 years, and the Festival celebrates its ‘history’, though special trains full of rhubarb no longer travel from Wakefield to London every day.
No matter. Rhubarb is worth celebrating, and the Festival will do so with street entertainment, tours, visits to the rhubarb growers, cookery demonstrations and the best produce from the region together with its most notable chefs. This is one of the U.K.’s first food festivals of the year, and you won’t want to miss it if you’re anywhere in the vicinity of the Yorkshire Rhubarb Triangle.