Wakefield Cathedral is getting ready to play its part in the city’s rhubarb festival this weekend – with a rhubarb inspired menu, a rhubarb trail – and our own Diocesan Bishop, Bishop Nick, here to celebrate the Eucharist on Sunday with a Thanksgiving for the famous pink vegetable.
In the Cathedral Kitchen, catering manager, Ea Nielsen, is experimenting for her rhubarb themed menu –on sale each day of the festival from 10-3pm, with delicacies such as rhubarb inspired sausage rolls, hot pork sandwiches with rhubarb sauce; rhubarb scones, crumbles and tarts.
Inside the Cathedral, the Welcomers are getting ready to help guide families around the beautifully restored building on the Rhubarb Trail as they hunt for Wakefield Cathedral’s own bundle of rhubarb while the Cathedral also plays its part in the city-wide trail with two new characters hidden somewhere inside.
And on Sunday, our diocesan bishop, the Rt Revd Nick Baines, Anglican Bishop of Leeds, will be in the Cathedral for the 9.15am and the 11am Eucharist services when he will also say thanks for the city’s famous rhubarb.
For Wakefield is at the centre of the Yorkshire Triangle - an area of West Yorkshire that has grown the best quality forced rhubarb for hundreds of years. It’s so good that Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb has now received protected name status alongside other famous delicacies such as Parma Ham and Champagne.
And every February the city comes alive with a vibrant celebration of rhubarb - with speciality food and drink, demonstrations from celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli, street food, lively street entertainment, a family rhubarb trail, guided walks, and other rhubarb related fun.
Wakefield's Festival of Food Drink and Rhubarb - 23, 24 and 25th Feb
Pick up a copy of the Wakefield Cathedral Rhubarb Trail from the Festival Information Point on Northgate open 10-5 Friday and Saturday and 10-4 Sunday.
Cathedral Kitchen open 10-3pm each day with its rhubarb inspired menu