Keep it Local and Seasonal
If you are like me you may be feeling a little disillusioned with world a the moment, lettuce shortages, struggling economies and disappointing world leaders do not encourage confidence… so lets inspire our own optimistic future by getting together and celebrating local produce and people! Give yourself a boost in these cold early months of 2017 by supporting and re-investing in your local area.
The 17th -19th February will see Wakefield’s fantastic ‘Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb’, where small businesses will gather in the centre of town, to offer wonderful produce from cheese and chutney and bread to beer. The 3 day event champions Rhubarb and the local producers that use it. There will also be live entertainment in the form of cookery demonstrations and street performers as well as workshops and taster sessions.
You may be wondering what’s the big deal? Well rhubarb is cultivated in an area of West Yorkshire called the ‘Rhubarb Triangle’ and this area has grown the best quality forced rhubarb for hundreds of years. It’s such a great product that Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb has earned ‘protected name status’ a credit given to only the best and most desirable products such as Parma Ham and Champagne. Today’s triangle is formed between Wakefield, Morley and Rothwell, however it was once much bigger and produced 90% of the world’s winter forced rhubarb.
Rhubarb thrives in wet, cold winters so is very at home in Yorkshire. It is an ancient plant that can be traced back to China in 2700 BC where it was used for medical purposes to reduce fever and cleanse the body.
To honour this remarkable vegetable Peckish Kitchen has created a Rhubarb & Custard Jam that will make its debut at Wakefield’s popular event, ‘We are excited to launch our new Rhubarb & Custard Jam at the festival, it is reminiscent of the popular sweets of our childhood and the combination of flavours make it perfect on toast for breakfast but also or with ice cream as a sweet treat’ Francesca, Peckish Kitchen.
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