Evesham ready for asparagus festival

The eight-week British Asparagus Festival will begin as usual on St George's Day - 23 April - this year despite early UK-grown spears being available through many outlets already.

Highlights of the festival will include appearances by Gus the asparagus man, asparagus-based fortune-telling by an "asparamancer" and the crowning of the king of asparagus.

First deliveries under the Great British Asparagus Run will this year include one by tractor to the Stratford-upon-Avon birthplace of William Shakespeare, whose birthday falls by tradition on the same day.

The focus for many events will be the Vale of Evesham in Worcestershire, home to nearly 800ha of asparagus fields, around 40 per cent of the national total. UK production is forecast to rise by seven per cent this year.

See British Asparagus Festival website.


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