When: 15th, 22nd and 29th May 2013
Where: Vale of Evesham, Worcestershire
£: 13 for adults, 12 for seniors and 10 for children (booking is essential)
What is it?
Attracting visitors from all over the globe, the British Asparagus Festival’s quirky Asparabus Tours will be taking to the road this May.
One of the tour’s highlights is to spot the mythical asparagus man, Gus, who puts in an appearance when least expected. The tour is also a gastronomic guzzle, with a chance to taste asparagus in a variety of guises on every leg of the journey.
Accompanied by an Asparaguide boasting the finest of green credentials, the first stop on this magical vegetable tour is the National Trust’s pub, the Fleece Inn at Bretforton. The 600-year-old pub is home to the famous asparagus auctions and also the location for the asparagus season launch on 23rd April 2013.
Following a demonstration of the ancient art of asparagus tying, the tour continues with a trip around winding lanes of the Vale of Evesham’s stunning countryside.
Lunch is an asparagus-themed feast in the market town of Evesham after which it’s all aboard for a visit to the asparagus fields to understand how ‘gras is grown and harvested. This includes a chance to see the rare purple asparagus beds too.
There’s also a stop at a renowned farm shop where award-winning chef, Daren Bales, cooks up all sorts during his asparademo. Visitors can also buy their own Vale asparagus or choose from a plethora of asparagus goodies that include jam, chutney, sausages, soap and even ice cream.
The three tours will take place on Wednesday 15th, 22nd and 29th May, with a start time of around 10am and finishing around 4pm.