Great British Asparagus Run
Starting on St Georges Day – 23rd April (and co-incidentally the start of the English Asparagus Growing season) the Festival begins with The Great English Asparagus Run- a Beau Jolais type event with a giant round of asparagus being taken to prestigious locations throughout the Country.
Celebrating all that is good and great about England and Worcestershire – this “100” round is transported in a Morgan car (made in Malvern in Worcestershire) on a Royal Worcester plate and carried by the Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire. Over the years we have been invited to
- The Houses of Parliament
- Stratford Upon Avon to celebrate Shakespears birth (and death)
- Buckingham Palace
- Fortnum and Mason
And each Run has produced some amazing media coverage and entertainment. We have:
- The Giant Round of Asparagus
- Gus the Asparagus Man
- Eve the AsparaFairy
- Jemima Packington – the world famous Asparamancer, who can predict your fortune by the fall of the spears
- Morris Dancing and loads of “green” children
- Even – the local Vicar
- Not to mention of course asparagus!
This year the main celebrations take place in Evesham to coincide with the reopening of its famous bell tower. Starting at 9:00am from the Fleece Inn in Bretforton where the finest asparagus will be transported to Evesham arriving at 10:00am where the official opening of the bell tower will take place. There will be lots of entertainment, food and asparafriends to celebrate the event and the start of the asparagus festival.