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Asparagus ~ Midlands Celebrates the Arrival of this special ‘Gras’

Asparagus, Evesham Bell Tower

Asparagus, Evesham Bell Tower

English asparagus is in season for just ten weeks a year between April and June.

Colchester may have its natives and Devon its cream, but ‘Gras’ – as it is called in Worcestershire – is the most delectable English delicacy of all. Cut by hand from beds in the Vale of Evesham or the Witley hills, beyond Worcester, steamed and served with melted butter – sorry, low fat spreads just won’t do! –  or homemade hollandaise sauce; it’s a dish to die for.

April 23rd, St Georges Day see’s the annual British Asparagus Festival. A “Beau Jolais” type event celebrating St Georges Day, the start of the English Asparagus Season and the start of the British Asparagus Festival in the Vale of Evesham. Great English Icons with a Worcestershire slant – Morgan Cars, Royal Worcester plate, Lord Lieutenant of Worcesteshire, Land of Hope & Glory and last but not least the “Round of Gras” from the Vale of Evesham, will all be making some noise in Evesham, from April 23rd Onwards.

‘Aspara-bus’ ~ Join fellow foodies on thie unique tour of the region, its growers, providers, and pubs and restaurants who serve asparagus en-route including the Fleece Inn. The asparabus tour began when organisers picked up the most unlikely green “hitch-hiker” en route to the famous Fleece Inn at Bretforton where they had morning coffee. Owned by the National Trust, the Fleece is the home of the legendary Asparagus (Gras) Auctions which have taken place for decades. The landlord, Nigel Smith provides a most informative talk about the Fleece and the forthcoming Asparagus events being held there.Their “hitch-hiker” aka “Gus” the Asparagus Man handed out bags which contained amazing information about the area….and it has been a tradition ever since.

Asparagus ‘The Emblem of England’? Comment and read more on the Asparagus Festival HERE

Asparagus events around the Midlands, View more HERE

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