St. George’s Day has also become synonymous with National Asparagus Day, as the date marks the start of the English Asparagus
Season on 23rd April, which lasts just two short months.
Every year, the “100 round” – comprising of 120 spears are delivered to a special recipient by Gus the Asparagus Man, together with a fleet of Morgan cars. At his side is the world-renowned asparagus fortune teller, Jemima Packington, Saint George himself and the Asparagus Fairy, together with a retinue of Morris Dancers and colourful characters, all dressed in green.
The start of the asparagus season is marked in eccentric British style with the first-cut round of asparagus being initially celebrated and revered at the only pub owned by the National Trust – The Fleece at Bretforton. Before setting out on the journey from Worcestershire, the asparagus will be blessed, danced around, have poetry recited to it and singers sing to it.
Throughout the Vale of Evesham, where the best asparagus is said to be grown and has been recognised by the European Union
through a geographically protected food status award, restaurants, pubs and eateries join in with the celebrations by serving asparagus in every imaginable guise, from jam to sausages and even ice cream!
Like many things in 2020, the main events connected with the British Asparagus Festival had to be put on hold due to the pandemic. Come what may, the British asparagus season and National Asparagus Day will go ahead in 2021 – either physically or virtually.
Visit www.britishasparagusfestival.org to keep up to date with plans for 2021, as well as to discover more about the history of asparagus, recipes and a host of asparainfo.