|Where:||Worcestershire at Fleece Inn, Bretforton & Evesham town centre plus other locations (see website link for full details)|
|When:||Late April to late June|
|Time:||Asparagus Run 23rd April 9am at Fleece Inn, Bretforton & 10 am Evesham; Family Fun Day from 10 am; Auction 7pm at Fleece Inn|
The Vale of Evesham is one of the major centres for British Asparagus production, and a festival has evolved to celebrate the local connection with the delicacy. While there are a number of events like asparagus auctions through the festival season which runs from late April to late June, the main focus is on St George’s Day, the start of the British Asparagus season, and on Spring Bank Holiday weekend. The St George’s Day festivities involve a classic car tour of the area by a giant round of asparagus accompanied by St George, Gus the Asparagus Man, Eve the Asparafairy and a host of other characters as well as morris dancers and musicians. The Spring Bank Holiday weekend involves a Family Fun Day at the Fleece Inn at Bretforton, which again features the festival characters as well as plenty of music and dancing and a special asparagus-themed menu. You can even have your fortune told by the world’s only Asparamancer!
In 2016 the festival ran from 23rd April to June 19th. 2017 dates are yet to be confirmed but the Family Fun Day will be on Monday May 29th.
Click here for the festival website: http://www.britishasparagusfestival.org
and here for the Fleece Inn: http://thefleeceinn.co.uk
Photo by Diane Main.
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