|View inside a forced rhubarb shed|
|A rhubarb splitting tool used at Brandy Carr Nurseries|
|Rhubarb packing box used by Brandy Carr Nurseries|
To celebrate our connection to this lovely vegetable, Wakefield holds an annual Food, Drink & Rhubarb festival. The festival this year has even more tasty treats and entertainment planned than ever before. It takes place in Wakefield City centre and runs from Friday 21 February to Sunday 23 February,10am - 5pm on Friday and Saturday and 10am - 4pm on the Sunday.
For more infomation about the festival visit: Wakefield Food, Drink & Rhubarb Festival
At the festival there will be lots of stalls selling rhubarb related goods...maybe there will be some rhubarb wine....
|Rhubarb wine from 1886|
Rhubarb has also been used medicinally over the years:
|Glass chemist's storage jar - rhubarb powder was used as a laxative|
|Recipe, 1890 - 1910, for curing cholera which includes rhubarb powder|
If you decide to visit the festival, why not pop into Wakefield Museum as well, where you can hear forced rhubarb growing (it makes an eerie creaking and popping sound!), see some rhubarb objects from our collection and have a go on the Rhubarb Express...
Express carried up to 200 tons of forced rhubarb from Ardsley station to the
London markets of Covent Garden and Spitalfields when production was at its
peak in the 1930s.
|This Rhubarb Express illustration by artist Liz Kay can be found under a play train in Wakefield Museum|
Wakefield’s famous rhubarb has joined the hallowed ranks of Europe’s protected foods, with the same status as Champagne and Parma Ham. The festival in Wakefield is well worth a visit.
|Rhubarb pie postcard, 1925 - 1945.|