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Wakefield Rhubarb Festival..2014

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For all of you who used to follow Val’s (Yorkshire) blogs,about her Rhubarb growing exploits,Her husband Ralph,contacted me to let you know if anyone who lives near Wakefield,it is the Festival in the city centre,this coming weekend..from 21st—23rd Feb..Lots of events ,for all the family,and cookery demonstrations ..Sadly.we are unable to attend,but it might be of interest to some members…

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Hi Sandra ...

thanks for info. :o)

20 Feb, 2014

 

Hi Terra..it's a shame we can't go,as we have never been before..it looks like a good day out,just checked their website..maybe next year we can make it..and nice of Ralph to let me know..:o)

20 Feb, 2014

 

My family all love Rhubarb! I've found a patch here too...we'll see how good it turns out to be!

20 Feb, 2014

 

So do we,Karen,but haven't enough space to grow some..shame it's a tad too far for you to visit ! :o)

20 Feb, 2014

 

Rhubarb puts my teeth on edge......

it could be remembering being given a stick and a twist of sugar.....then my friend and I would sit among the fruit bushes.....no wonder I hated the dentist :0)

20 Feb, 2014

 

Isn't it early for a rhubarb festival! Ours isn't really ready to pick, even a stick or two. What do they do at the festival? I'd love to go but its too far.
Pamg, put a pinch of bicarbonate of soda into the cooked rhubarb - kills a lot of the acidity and doesn't affect the flavour.

20 Feb, 2014

 

I think it does that with most of us,Pam,but I don't mind it so much if it's sweet enough :o_

20 Feb, 2014

 

Sue,..This area of Wakefield is known as the Rhubarb Triangle,and for it's early forced Rhubarb.which covers about 9 square miles.This event is held every February,and there are also guided tours round the growing areas,and the huge poly tents in which it is forced in complete darkness..It has had it's Yorkshire status protected by the European courts..
As I have never been to one of the festivals,I only know there are various chefs having their own stands,cooking different ways with Rhubarb,and other events ..you may be interested in googling it,to read of it's history etc..very interesting..

20 Feb, 2014

 

I've tried growing it without much success .
Pam , a stick of rhubarb and a poke of sugar was a bit of a luxury , and cheaper that kayli ( don't know how to spell that) .
Bloomer I think that it became so popular to grow , along with marrows , on the allotments that the miners had , a distraction from the pit .

20 Feb, 2014

 

You are probably right,Driad..It's a huge business these days..nice we have something local,instead of foreign Imports..

20 Feb, 2014

 

The festival sounds wonderful for a rhubarb addict like me! What a pity you can't go Sandra - another year perhaps.

20 Feb, 2014

 

I didn't even know they had an annual festival,Sue,till I looked it up..It would be nice to look around..although the payable guided tour,which you have to book in advance, warns you to go prepared in warm clothing ,etc..as it takes quite a while going round the outdoor areas..I think I would just go to the Festival..

20 Feb, 2014

 

So would I- Free crumble, sample pie and lots of new ideas - goody! If anybody does go, save us some recipes!

20 Feb, 2014

 

I remember seeing a giant forcing shed in Wakefield where they said you could hear the rhubarb growing which I find very hard to believe.

21 Feb, 2014

 

I believe it to be true,Steve..apparently it's like a crackling noise to be heard when it's pitch dark.The only light that is allowed is a candle,when they go in to check.

21 Feb, 2014

 

Thanks for letting us know about this Sandra, I'd completely forgotten about it.
That settles where we're going for a bucket of fresh air, this weekend :)

21 Feb, 2014

 

Good thinking,Waddy..you can fill your bucket with Rhubarb to bring home :o)

21 Feb, 2014

 

What a good idea...Rhubarb crumble and cream..Mmmm..

22 Feb, 2014

 

If anybody sees me this spring out in the dark with my ear to the ground I'll be listening out for the rhubarb...

22 Feb, 2014

 

Lol! Stera, the image is wonderful!
But, I have to tell you my OH is a 'Wakie' lad and he knew a lot of people who worked in the 'Rubub' fields and he assures me that in the sheds, you CAN actually hear it grow and I've no reason to disbelieve him.

23 Feb, 2014

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