Wakefield Rhubarb Festival Brings in the Celebs in February

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Wakefield's Rhubarb Festival Brings In The Celebs in February

Wakefield Council has announced a top TV personality will be headlining its famous Rhubarb Festival, which is taking place between 17-23 February.

Multi-Michelin star award-winning celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli will be showcasing some special rhubarb-inspired culinary creations in the purpose-built heated demonstration marquee on Saturday 22 February.

Jean-Christophe will be joined by three other top TV personalities over the course of the weekend; with Stephanie Moon, Chef Consultant for All Things Food who has also appeared on BBC Two’s Great British Menu; Wakefield’s very own star of the Great British Bake Off, Karen Wright; and food historian and author, Emma Kay – featured on NNC Countryfile, all rustling up some rhubarb treats in the demonstration marquee from the 21-23 February.

Wakefield's Rhubarb Festival Brings In The Celebs in February

“Entertaining”

After its success last year, the comedy club in the Rhu-Bar tent will also return. Headline act Daliso Chaponda, from Britain’s Got Talent, performs on Friday night. And Patrick Monahan, winner of TV’s Take the Mike in 2001 and Show Me the Funny in 2011, on Saturday night.

Cllr Jacquie Speight, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: “The Rhubarb Festival is just three weeks away and we are so excited for this year’s line-up.

“With an extended week-long festival this year, there is so much more going on. Alongside the usual food and drink stalls, amazing cookery demos, fabulous street entertainment and kid’s activities which everyone has come to enjoy. There really is something for everyone.”

Wakefield's Rhubarb Festival Brings In The Celebs in February

“Family friendly activities”

The annual festival returns for its fourteenth year , with a focus on family friendly activities.

The rhubarb, food and drink market will then take place in the Cathedral precinct. There’ll be a brand new Vegan Market on Teall Way, and a new Arts & Crafts Market on Trinity Walk. Throughout the week there will also be lots of activities and have-a-go sessions for the kids. These will include tractor rides, lantern-making and a cycle-powered carousel.

There will also be a number of fringe activities taking place across the city. You can hear about the history of Forced Rhubard from Oldroyds Farm Tours. And visitors can also visit the forcing sheds by candlelight.

For more information visit experiencewakefield.co.uk/rhubarbfest 

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