Wednesday, 23 February 2011


I must start with a confession. I found this blog post really difficult to write!

Now, I'm not one that often suffers from writers block (I have my own blog too, and I manage to write something for that nearly every week), nor one of these people that is often lost for words (quite the opposite in fact!) but... never the less, not only did I find this particular post very difficult to write, I couldn't even think of a topic! I have the whole of Yorkshire, and all the lovely new followers of the Yorkshire Made FB page as my inspiration, and I was completely stuck!

But then, suddenly from nowhere, inspiration struck! I remember it clearly, and I expect the other half does too, as suddenly in the middle of watching a very tense footie match on the telly box I proclaim at the top of my voice...RHUBARB!

Now I know he thinks I have finally lost the plot, but I am very pleased with my choice as it links in with us on oh so many levels!

Last weeks blog post from Lisa was about a love triangle....

Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb is only grown in a very small area in North Yorkshire - called the Rhubarb Triangle!

Yorkshire Made likes to promote local sellers, suppliers and events....

Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb is, as the name suggests, locally grown! In fact it was awarded Protected Designation of Origin status in 2010 which means the name is legally protected and the growers receive European funding to promote the product.

Yorkshire Made likes a good party - especially if there is food (but more especially cake) involved....

The Wakefield Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb takes place on the 25th and 26th February!

 I also think there is something very special and fascinating about anything that is created in darkness and harvested by candlelight!

If you would like more information about the  
just click on the link.

For now, here's a snippet of info from the home page: 
The festival celebrates the traditional links with rhubarb growing in Wakefield, while offering the finest and tastiest regional produce and showcasing the most talented local chefs. The festival will include street entertainment, cookery demonstrations, walks, tours, a Deliciously Yorkshire market and visits to the rhubarb growers.
I do hope you'll forgive me for not writing a particularly art/craft/design focused post and will join me in a toast to Yorkshire Rhubarb and the spirit of Yorkshire Made! If any of you are visiting the Festival or have gone to see the rhubarb growing sheds already, I'd love to hear from you! I'm fascinated and would love to know more!

Laura x from Yorkshire Made


  1. I live in the Rhubarb Triangle! It's actually in West Yorkshire - Oldroyd's growing sheds are just up the road from our house. We have rhubarb fields up the lane too - when I was walking the dog yesterday I noticed the pretty pink baby rhubarb shoots are starting to peek through. I've never been to the festival though, maybe I'll get chance this weekend:)

  2. I feel a rhubarb crumble coming on...or perhaps a fool with beautiful shortbread fingers to dip in!! MMmmm I love rhubarb, thanks for reminding me!! x

  3. Mmmmmmmm.....Love Rhubarb X X X


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