Rhubarb Festival Returns


Wakefield’s famous Rhubarb Festival returns on 16-18 February with a packed programme of events for all the family.

The festival is taking place as part of Our Year – Wakefield District 2024. The exciting 366-day programme of cultural and heritage activity is taking place across the Wakefield District.

The hugely popular food and drink market returns with over 50 chalets where people can sample and purchase local and regional treats.

Families can take part in workshops as well as enjoy lively street entertainment and music.

Expect a whole new programme of chef demos including Wakefield’s very own Karen Wright, double BAFTA award winning TV presenter and home chef Sam Nixon and award-winning chef Rachel Green.

During the festival weekend, Dame Ruby Rhubarb and Madame Zucchini will be providing lively entertainment. Morris dancers will perform on Sunday 18th. There will be live music programmed by Wakefield Music Collective every day from the Rhu-Bar and free family craft activities.

Fringe activities will include free facing painting, crafts and workshops from Riding Shopping Centre, Wakefield Cathedral, Wakefield Museum and more.

A bookable comedy night takes place. Join MC, Barry Dodds as he introduces comedians Alex Boardman, Don Biswas, and Angelos Epithemiou on Friday 16 February. Prepare to be rolling in the aisles as Saturday 17 February brings MC Meryl O’Rourke who will be introducing comedians Nina Gilligan, Masai Graham and headline act Lee Ridley, Britain’s Got Talent’s Lost Voice Guy.

There will also be a bookable talk as Karen Wright takes us on her journey from growing up in Featherstone and Pontefract to moving to Wakefield, her Great British Bake Off Experience and becoming an author, with all the many twists of fate in between.

The Rhubarb Food & Drink Trail is back. Restaurants and bars around the city are putting on rhubarb themed food and drink throughout the weekend.

Find out more information at https://expwake.co/RhubarbFest

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