Did you know that Wakefield sits right at the heart of the rhubarb triangle? Every year, the area hosts a weekend-long festival to celebrate its rhubarb roots. We work alongside Trinity Walk Shopping Centre in Wakefield, so this Saturday, we went down to see the festival for ourselves!
We arrived in Wakefield bright and early, to be greeted by Trinny, (Trinity Walk’s very cute mascot), walking up and down the centre, handing out sticks of rhubarb rock and exclusive rhubarb recipe cards for the children. The cards were designed by the team here at Clearsilver, getting children directly involved in the festival by hosting an extra-special baking competition. You can see the card at the bottom of this post.
Not only was this weekend the famous Rhubarb Festival at Trinity Walk, it was also the grand opening of Trinny’s House! Also designed and produced by Clearsilver, the house is a large, printed gazebo, and over the festival, Time Bakery were selling delicious fresh bread at Trinny’s House – with children invited to come inside to decorate their very own rhubarb fairy cakes.
The Rhubarb Tarts, a troop of Molly dancers, (with a very clear, extreme love of rhubarb), entertained the crowds at Trinity Walk. Dressed in rhubarb-themed colours, with their faces painted to match, they performed dances that certainly drew in the crowds.
After the Rhubarb Tarts’ performance, a group of Morris Dancers took to the stage, for some more energetic dancing!
Also at Trinity Walk were fairground rides, food stalls and a lovely little Volkswagen coffee van – I may have treated myself to a latte…
As well as all of the above, Handmade Burger Co were giving out delicious rhubarb flavoured samples, as well as hosting their very own Man vs Food eating challenge over the weekend.
After the festivities at Trinity Walk, we took a wander over to see the rest of the festival at Cathedral Precinct, where we were instantly launched into food heaven. Brownies, cookies, gourmet pastries, meats, cheeses, even speciality beers, were everywhere. So, of course, we had to pick up a few treats to bring back to Leeds!
At the festival, we were lucky enough to bump into the Rhubarb Festival’s mascot, Dame Ruby Rhubarb – who certainly seemed to be having a good time…
The Rhubarb Festival is a fantastic weekend, it’s great to see a whole community come together with a shared passion of quality food, drink, and of course – rhubarb!
If you didn’t manage to get down to Trinity Walk’s Rhubarb Festival, but know some little ones that love to bake – you can still enter Trinny’s baking competition! Details can be found on the card below, use the hashtag #trinnyslittlebakers to submit photographs of your best baking!