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Rhubarb Festival 2022 poster
Rhubarb Festival 2022 poster

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Wakefield Rhubarb Festival
25th – 27th February 2022

Wakefield Rhubarb Festival is back for 2022 with a bang. Wakefield Council’s celebration of the district’s most famous vegetable returns to paint the city pink from 25th – 27th February.

Coinciding with the growing season, which in the Rhubarb Triangle involves special sheds and a process known as “forcing”, the festival brings the city centre to life over three days. With a full programme of chef demos, family workshops and of course, the famous food and drink market.

Curated and hosted by our team at the Yorkshire Food Guide, a programme of chef demos will run from 11am to 3pm across the whole weekend. Featuring chefs from Great British Bake Off, BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen, MasterChef finalists and more.

New for 2022, the Wakefield Rhubarb Festival will include a Rhubarb Food & Drink Trail around the city centre, allowing visitors to sample rhubarb cocktails, pastries and dishes from local bars, restaurants and cafes. A bookable Gin Experience with local producer Forged Spirits will also extend the festival into the evening on Friday and Saturday.

Chef Demo Line Up

Friday 25th February
11am – Freya Cox, GBBO Star
12pm – Matt Healy, Forde, Horsforth & MasterChef the Professionals Star
1pm – Freya Cox, GBBO Star
2pm – Karen Wright, GBBO Star

Saturday 26th February
11am – Jono Hawthorne, Chef Jono at Vice & Virtue Leeds & MasterChef the Professionals Star
12pm – Sabrina Ghayour, best-selling author and TV chef
1pm – Reece Hunt, Delicieux Chocolat – Master Chocolatier
2pm – Sabrina Ghayour, best-selling author and TV chef

Sunday 27th February 
11am – Ellie and Emma, from Bake My Day, Castleford
12pm – Karen Wright, GBBO Star
1pm – Tim Bilton, Cannon Hall Farm, Barnsley
2pm – Iris

Booking isn’t required for the Wakefield Rhubarb Festival chef demos and will start every hour on the hour from 11am.

Food & Drink Market

The Wakefield Rhubarb Festival will boast over 50 traders, showcasing fresh rhubarb, but also the region’s finest gins, jams, pickles, cheese and so much more.


Families can enjoy gardening, growing and foraging workshops as well as lively street entertainment and music.

Venues all across Wakefield will be opening their doors to celebrate with a Vegan Fayre, Antiques and Collectibles Fayre, live music, arts and crafts, family activities, face painting and lots more.

Entry & Location

Date & time: 25th – 27th February 10 am – 5 pm, free entry
Venue: Wakefield city centre

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Event Details

Start date: February 25, 2022

End date: February 27, 2022

Start time: 10:00 a.m.

End time: 17:00 p.m.

Venue: Wakefield City Centre