The British Asparagus Festival starts on St George's Day

British Asparagus Festival promises food and fun in Worcestershire

Just when we thought you had seen it all, we caught wind of the 2012 British Asparagus Festival starting next week.

The British Asparagus Festival
The British Asparagus Festival starts on St George’s Day.

Kicking off on St George’s Day (23rd April) and running until the 7th June, expect a whole host of ways to celebrate one of Britain’s most ‘luxurious vegetable’ in the Vale of Evesham, Worcestershire.Last year an estimated 30,000 people enjoyed a variety of asparagus-related events and this year promises more of the same.

Organisers say the festivities will be ‘immortalising the best Asparagus (probably) in the world’.

Festival Highlights:

  • 23rd April: The Great English Asparagus Run
  • 5th May: The British Asparagus Festival Day
  • 9th, 16th, 23rd May: Asparabus Coach Tours
  • 27th May: Bretforton Silver Band & Asparagus Auction
  • 3rd June: Bretforton Church Asparagus Auction

The world’s largest round of asparagus, which stands 15-feet high and comprises 28 individual spears, will be the focal point of this year’s Great English Asparagus Run on the 23rd April to get things started.

The Run, which organisers say is the British equivalent to the Beaujolais Nouveau Run, marks the official start of the English asparagus season and the British Asparagus Festival.

The Fleece - A National Trust house
The Fleece Inn, managed by the National Trust.

The event takes place at The Fleece Inn, the only UK pub owned by the National Trust, with an asparagus breakfast featuring the likes of asparagus granola and asparagus omelettes.

Morris Dancers, a brass band and Trevor Harrison, better known as Eddie Grundy from Radio 4’s The Archers, will all serenade the giant asparagus.

You can download the British Asparagus Festival Programme here.

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