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AsparaMadness returns for another year

Morris dancing, traditional folk music, classic cars and famous names were on the menu for part of the official launch for this year’s British Asparagus Festival. Visitors from the Vale and further afield flocked to The Fleece Inn in Bretforton on Thursday 23 April as the festival began in style with Evesham’s famous vegetable taking centre stage on St George’s Day. The official start of the UK’s eight-week asparagus season launched with the ‘Great British Asparagus Run’. Begining at the National Trust’s only pub – the Vale of Evesham’s 600-year-old Fleece Inn – saw a fleet of classic cars take to the road for a trip to Leicester. Also this year is the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Evesham at which Simon de Montfort (the 6th Earl of Leicester) was killed whilst trying to defend democracy. In his honour, this year’s Asparagus Run took to Leicester where the asparamadness celebrated his earldom. The international appeal of the popular day even saw 13-year-old American chef, Chase Bailey, jet across from California to cook asparagus delicacies for local school children. The morning’s festivities also included appearances by St George, Gus The Asparagus Man, Eve the Asparafairy, world- renowned asparamancer, Jemima Packington, and, for the first time, Simon de Montfort. Morris dancers, including the all-female ‘Asum Gras’, singing local school...

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Droitwich Spa Food & Drink Festival

Friday 19th June – Sunday 5th July The Droitwich Spa Festival will feature a fantastic programme of local food and drink, music and arts events in this historic salt town. It takes place in the town centre and pubs, clubs and venues around town and offers great entertainment for both local residents and visitors. The festival is set to kick-off on Friday 19th June with St Andrews Town House Hotel hosting a Food & Drink Festival Dinner incorporating the scrumptious asparagus vegetable into their menu locally sourced from Revills farmshop in Defford. Following this on Saturday 20th June is the Food & Drink Festival in the town centre where there will be over 100 local food and drink companies as well as so much more going on throughout the town! Gus will be making a special appearance so look out for our friendly green giant and get your aspara-passport stamped! For further details and events visit www.droitwichspafestival.co.uk...

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Exploring the Gras Roots of the Vale on the Aspara Treasure Hunt

The first ever Aspara Treasure Hunt was hailed a great success by everyone that took part. Organised as part of the launch of the Asparagus Festival in the Vale of Evesham and also celebrating St Georges Day , many varieties of classic and vintage cars took part including Rolls Royce, Bently, Morgan, TR2 and TR7’s. The eventual winner of the Treasure Hunt was a Morgan 3 Wheeler driven by owner John Carver and his passenger Robin Walker, who have...

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Bride Goes Green With Asparagus Wedding

Asparagus bouquets, asparagus button holes, accessories and even special aspara-loos for those over-indulging in the asparagus appetisers (given the vegetable’s well known after effect), are just some of the details a bride is planning for her vegetable-themed wedding taking place at Laughern Hill Estate in Worcestershire. Anne-Marie Darroch, a Worcestershire marketing manager, hopes her big day on Saturday 19th April will be as much about celebrating local horticulture as it will tying the knot. She has a lifetime association...

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Asparamancer’s Tasty Tips – predictions for 2014

Jemima Packington,  the world famous Asparamancer has once again made her predictions for 2014 with the help of Worcestershire asparagus. “Sometimes what comes to you can seem incredibly off the wall,” said Miss Packington. “Yet sometimes you are certain.” This year’s predictions are: 1. Loss of a senior member of the royal family will give rise to great sadness and the end of an era. 2. But additions to the family will compensate with more Royal pregnancies on the...

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