The eagerly anticipated Rhubarb Festival is making a triumphant return to Wakefield from 16th to 18th February, presenting a diverse program of events catering to all members of the family.

This lively celebration is an integral part of ‘Our Year – Wakefield District 2024,’ a year-long initiative showcasing cultural and heritage activities throughout the Wakefield District.

The festival’s highlight is the much-loved food and drink market, featuring over 50 chalets where attendees can indulge in and purchase an array of local and regional delicacies.

Families are invited to participate in engaging workshops and relish vibrant street entertainment and music. Notable additions to this year’s festival include an exciting lineup of chef demonstrations, featuring Wakefield’s own Karen Wright, double BAFTA award-winning TV presenter and home chef Sam Nixon, and the accomplished chef Rachel Green.

Throughout the festival weekend, the dynamic duo of Dame Ruby Rhubarb and Madame Zucchini will provide lively entertainment. On Sunday, 18th February, Morris dancers will showcase their skills, accompanied by daily live music programmed by the Wakefield Music Collective at the Rhu-Bar. Additionally, free family craft activities will be available for all to enjoy.

Cllr Michelle Collins, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport said; “We’re looking forward to welcoming everyone back to our famous Rhubarb Festival. It’s part of our exciting programme of events and celebrations to mark Our Year – Wakefield District 2024.

“As ever the Festival will be packed with so much to do for adults and children to enjoy. We’re all set for another wonderful weekend, come and be part of the celebrations.”

Fringe activities are set to include face painting, crafts, and workshops, courtesy of Riding Shopping Centre, Wakefield Cathedral, Wakefield Museum, and other contributors.

For those seeking laughter, a bookable comedy night awaits on Friday, 16th February, featuring MC Barry Dodds and comedians Alex Boardman, Don Biswas, and Angelos Epithemiou. Saturday, 17th February, promises more hilarity with MC Meryl O’Rourke introducing comedians Nina Gilligan, Masai Graham, and headline act Lee Ridley, Britain’s Got Talent’s Lost Voice Guy.

As part of the festival, a bookable talk by Karen Wright will provide insights into her journey from growing up in Featherstone and Pontefract to relocating to Wakefield, her experiences on the Great British Bake Off, and her journey to becoming an author, navigating the twists of fate along the way.

The Rhubarb Food & Drink Trail is back, with restaurants and bars across the city offering rhubarb-themed delights throughout the weekend. For more information, visit Don’t miss the chance to be part of this delectable celebration in the heart of Wakefield.