12:55pm Thursday 3rd May 2012
This weekend’s British Asparagus Festival has been cancelled due to a severe shortage of asparagus being available. The incessant rain and floods has had a double whammy on Worcestershire’s quirky festival that normally sees thousands descending on the Vale of Evesham over the festival period.
www.britishasparagusfestival.org organiser, Angela Tidmarsh, explains: “We were expecting asparagus to be scarce due to the unseasonally good weather at the start of the year followed by the recent deluge. However, this week’s flooding means that the asparagus crop is almost completely dormant. What’s more, the venue for the festival has been under several inches of water when the River Avon burst its banks.
It’s ironic as the British Asparagus Festival was started as a way of helping the area recover after the severe floods of 2007”.
“ That said, we plan to continue to celebrate asparagus throughout May and hope that the crop will be available for the famous auction at the Fleece at Bretforton on 27th May. At this rate, it will be selling at record prices”.
The annual festival usually features stalls selling all-things asparagus including soap, sausages and sweets. Local chefs do cookery demos, an asparamancer reads people’s fortunes using the vegetable and there’s even asparagus toothpaste this year.
Continuing, Angela said: “We’ll crown the King of Asparagus with an asparagus crown at the auction and recreate elements of the festival at the Fleece at Bretforton”.
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