The 2014 season started in the UK with the traditional Asparagus Run. This year having started at the Bretforton Inn as usual as fleet of classic cars set out on a treasure hunt arriving at Broadway Tower in the heart of Asparagus Country at mid-day.
It was a bit cloudy and there was a brisk wind keeping the temperature down but this did not dampen the spirits of the asparagus fans. AsparaGUS and the Aspara Fairy were present along with the Asparacart from the 2013 race. Some asparagus dancing took place and a rendition of the traditional hymn Jerusalem made everyone feel very British!
If you've not been before the Bristish Asparagus Festival is a quitessentially Bristish affair. Think thatched cottages, Morris dancers, village greens, local beer, ice cream, food demonstations, stalls selling local produce, brassbands, Gus the Asparagus Man and of course Asparagus.
The only key date announced so far is Asparafest which will take place over the weekend of the 31st May and 1st June 2014
Other events typically taking place include
The Asparagus Run starts the season off on St Georges day and involves the presentation of the first cut round of asparagus (and a giant polystyrene round!). Starting at the Fleece Inn amidst various festivities the first cut round of the Bristish Asparagus Season 2013 then travels by some suitably presigious or unusual means of transport (Morgan cars maybe) to a prestigious destination such as the houses of parliamne tor Buckingham Palace.
Escorted tours of Asparagus Growers in the Vale of Evesham can be booked through out the season with some inevitable tasting opportunities.
The Asparagus Auction raises funds to support worthy causes and usually attracts some suitable celebrities.
This years Asparafest will be the second time this event has run. It was advertised last year as the horticultural answer
to the Big Chill with a weekend of music, food drink and a festival
setting. This year overnight camping has been added to allow those coming from afar to make the most of all that the Vale of Evesham has to offer.
Put the dates in your diary and look out for more information as it comes available.
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