Top chef Jean-Christophe Novelli to make a welcome return to Wakefield's Rhubarb Festival

Multi-Michelin star award-winning celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli will be showcasing some special rhubarb-inspired culinary creations at next month's Rhubarb Festival.

Monday, 27th January 2020, 11:21 am
Updated Monday, 27th January 2020, 11:22 am

The popular festival will be back in the city centre this year from February 17 to 23 with Jean-Christophe showing his skills in the purpose-built heated demonstration marquee on Saturday, February 22.

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 February 21-23.

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Jean-Christophe Novelli is heading back to Wakefield for the 2020 Rhubarb Festival.

Tickets can be bought here​Coun 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.

“Please have a look to see what’s on offer as there really is something for everyone.”

The annual festival returns for its 14th year this month, with a focus on family friendly activities in the former Market Hall between Monday 17 and Sunday 23 February.

The rhubarb, food and drink market will then take place in the cathedral precinct, with a brand new vegan market on Teall Way and a new arts and crafts market on Trinity Walk from Friday 21 to Sunday 23, preserving its status as the first major event in the UK’s ‘foodie’ calendar.

Throughout the week there will also be lots of activities and have-a-go sessions for the kids, including tractor rides, lantern-making and a cycle-powered carousel.

There will also be a number of fringe activities taking place across the city, including Oldroyds Farm Tours, where you can hear about the history of Forced Rhubarb from one of the area’s last growers and visit the forcing sheds by candlelight.