First-Ever National Asparagus Day Launches on St. George’s Day…
The first-ever official National Asparagus Day, marking the start of English Asparagus Season on 23rd April and also St. George’s Day, launches this year. The date is no coincidence – asparagus fans have long campaigned for the iconic vegetable to be adopted as the official symbol of the day.
The start of the asparagus season is marked in traditionally-eccentric British style with the first-cut round of asparagus being celebrated and revered. As well as being blessed, Morris Dancers welcome it, poets recite odes to it and singers sing songs to it. Throughout the Vale of Evesham, where the best asparagus is said to be grown, and it has been recognised by the European Union by being awarded geographical protected food status, restaurants, pubs and eateries join the celebrations by serving asparagus in every imaginable guise, from jam to sausages and even soap!
Joining the crowd on 23rd April will be Gus the Asparagus Man, Jemima Packington, the world’s only fortune teller who uses asparagus to ply her trade, and the AsparaFairy. The “100” round of asparagus will then be regally driven by a fleet of vintage cars to its final destination – in the past this has included Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament. This year the round will be taken by steam train from the newly-opened Broadway Station to Cheltenham Racecourse Station where it will be auctioned to raise money for Cotswold Riding for The Disabled.
Anyone interested in coming along can buy tickets from – with the chance to make the first, non-stop steam train journey from Broadway to Cheltenham in more than 60 years. Breakfast, coffee and entertainment included within the ticket price. The day starts at 10am and the train will return to Broadway by early afternoon.
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