Wakefield takes custardy of its renowned rhubarb

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DID you know Yorkshire rhubarb is now a protected species?

Well, Wakefield’s famous rhubarb has joined the hallowed ranks of Europe’s protected foods!

Yorkshire forced rhubarb has been elevated to the same status as Champagne and Parma Ham – and that fact is now being celebrated in one of the first major events in the UK’s foodie calendar.

The Wakefield Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb on February 25-26, celebrates the traditional links with rhubarb growing in Wakefield, while offering the finest and tastiest regional produce and showcasing the most talented local chefs.

The free event – in the Wakefield Theatre Precinct – is organised by Wakefield Council and includes street entertainment, cookery demonstrations, walks, tours, a “Deliciously Yorkshire” market and visits to the rhubarb growers.

The final programme is still under wraps – but the organisers say the festival will be bigger and better than ever, with new features to appeal to all the family.