LAST week’s Rhubarb Festival saw the city centre come to life as chefs, traders, foodies, entertainers and visitors packed Wakefield.
People travelled in from as far as the south coats of England attracted at the prospect of eating one of the unique products they struggle to find so easily at home. Once here they were able to sample Wakefield hospitality at its best in the cafes, bars, restaurants, hotels, shops and businesses.
Celebrity chef, Jean Christophe Novelli was the main attraction demonstrating from the show kitchen how to make the most of our rhubarb that is recognised worldwide as a delicacy.
Apprentice winner, Alana Spencer, added colour and spice and spoke of having a great time while chefs, foodies, entertainers and market traders took advantage of the great atmosphere under the shadow of the world famous Cathedral.
The Rhubarb Festival is over for another year – it doesn’t have to be this way. If you Vote YES for the BID we will be able to create a buzz in the city centre all year round. With marketing beyond Yorkshire, the creation of cleaner, safer streets and better signposting we can attract more visitors to the city to enjoy its retail, entertainment, culture and evening economy to make Wakefield a better place to do business.
The BID will invest in events across the year to attract more people. The BID will invest in creating a cleaner safer city centre that will be attractive and more conducive to doing business for all sectors.
The BID will be able to attract even more funding than the levy to support investment in culture, entertainment and arts. Already the Cultural Consortium has been awarded £223,000 to invest in arts and culture in the Wakefield District with some of that going directly to The Theatre Royal Wakefield.
Be part of something bigger for Wakefield city centre and Vote YES by Monday February 27.