Poor weather eventually benefits plum festival

The finale of the Pershore Plum Festival has benefited from the poor summer weather, organisers say.

By holding back ripening of the fruit, the weather has ensured a greater number of varieties will be available for visitors to sample at the many tasting events next weekend, according to tourism officer and festival committee chair Angela Tidmarsh.

"For the first time ever, the festival will feature all the different types of plums Pershore produces," she said. "However, there won't be the quantity available so it will be a case of first come, first served."

The Worcestershire town's shops, markets, pubs and restaurants will offer a variety of plum products over the Bank Holiday weekend (25-27 August), featuring unusual varieties such as Pershore Purple, Pershore Yellow Egg and Czar.

The finale will stand in marked contrast to the beginning of the festival on 20 July, when the poor weather meant that none of the area’s plums were yet ripe.


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