This year’s food festival calendar has started with one of the first being on Leeds’ doorstep Wakefield. After working there for 11 years I’ve never gone before, and knowing that Wakefield’s part of the famous Yorkshire rhubarb triangle, I decided to see what would be on show.
Some of the best regional producers had come to celebrate the tradition of Forced Rhubarb to the full, also being showcased were a number of other well respected producers of meat, cheese, bread, chutney and honey.
The first stall I saw had to be a rhubarb one with E. Oldroyd & Sons Ltd. being one the largest producers of rhubarb, the family has 5 generations of experience in forced rhubarb production.
On my wander around a plethora of stalls, the place was heaving with locals sampling tasters and many holding bunches of beautifully pink rhubarb.
Here’s a selection of many of the food producers, I’ve tried to include as many as possible, but apologise for any I’ve missed out!
A selection of sweet and savoury pies, including Rhubarb and Raspberry and Pork and Rhubarb from Award winning Farmer Copleys Farm Shop, based at Ravensknowle Farm, Purston, Pontefract.
Family run Rose Cottage Pantry, from the East Riding brought along their traditionally made, handcrafted pies and savouries.
Award winning honey from Stickey’s, the Wakefield based family honey producers.
Two gentlemen from Albion Artisan Foods, based in Epworth near Doncaster were selling their Great Taste award winning products, amongst them their honey, marmalade and pate.
A fantastic range of Yorkshire Cyders, including rhubarb, raspberry and blackcurrant from Moorland Farm, based in the East Riding area of East Newbald.
Wakefield’s own Bier Huis, the purveyor of specialist real ale and craft beer had a wide range of beverages, many from Yorkshire and of course some of which were rhubarb based!
Rhubarb Triangle Farm Shop at Green End Farm in Carlton with the selection of jams, Rhubarb shortbread pie and Rhubarb and Custard crumble.
Wonderful brownies from North Yorkshire artisan bakers Brown & Blond!!
Leeds’ own Hepworth’s Deli showcasing a selection of yummy delights.
Dewsbury based Curry Cuisine were selling their award winning chutneys and sauces.
The Cherry Tree, a family run business from Dorset had a fantastically colourful display of their chutneys, jams, curds and marmalades.
A selection of baked goods from Botham’s of Whitby, they’d brought a number of different Brack’s, which to my detriment I hadn’t heard of before.
Continental Cottage with their a huge array of salami and chorizos, selling them to the masses by the bag.
Round Green Farm, the Yorkshire Venison Company from Barnsley were on hand to sell their fantastic selection of Venison products, including Venison liver pate, pies and fresh meats.
Gourmet sausage rolls from Warwickshire based The Pig in the Middle, such as Pork and English Mustard and Simply Pork, which I bought one of. I think I’m a pretty good judge of a tasty sausage roll having a spent two summers making them on and off at while at university. Golden, crisp, but flaky pastry and the filling well seasoned, and even though it was just pork, it wasn’t too meaty like some I’ve had in the past with high meat contents.
Yummy baked goods from Ripon’s award winning Sawley Kitchen were on display with their varieties of homemade shortbreads, giant Meringue and biscuits. I bought a pack of Rhubarb and Custard shortbread and they were utterly delicious, lovely and crumbly, not too sweet and I definitely got the rhubarb and custard too. Great with or without a cup of tea!
The Little Red Berry Co. from Ripon with their delightful sweet blended alcoholic liqueurs, which came in a range of varieties such as Raspberry gin an Rhubarb vodka. Utterly yummy, with a hint of rhubarb in the background.
All in all a good afternoon was spent having a nosey at the wonderful produce, meeting some lovely people, having a giggle with Ruby Rhubarb and coming away with a few little gems.
What a fantastic start to my jaunt around this year’s food festivals, I’m looking forward to the next one already!
Wakefield Food Festival