The world-famous asparagus auctions take place this weekend and international interest is focused on the sleepy Worcestershire village of Bretforton and the National Trust’s Fleece Inn where they are being held
BRITISH ASPARAGUS AUCTION SET FOR RECORD BREAKING WORLDWIDE BIDS
ASPARAGUS TO REACH £50 A ROUND THIS WEEKEND
The world-famous asparagus auctions take place this weekend and international interest is focused on the sleepy Worcestershire village of Bretforton and the National Trust’s Fleece Inn where they are being held.
This year’s appalling weather conditions has resulted in a scarcity of the vegetable – the British Asparagus Festival had to be cancelled earlier this month due to a lack of availability. This has led to a huge increase in interest in the asparagus auctions and the organisers are expecting record bids this year.
As well as phone bids from as far afield as America, the village is gearing up for a much bigger influx of buyers than usual attending the auctions in person on 27th May. Vale of Evesham asparagus is renowned for being the tastiest in the world and is highly sought after this year.
Colin Jelfs, auctioneer at the event the asparagus, explains:
“In a normal year, we expect to sell 30 rounds of asparagus at around £6 - £25 each. This year, asparagus is difficult to get hold of so we’re anticipating sales to reach record levels of potentially £50 a round.”
Many of the celebrations planned for the British Asparagus Festival will now take place on 27th May. This includes the ancient tradition of crowning the King of Asparagus. In days of yore, farmers stooping to pick their crop complained that it made them bow legged and looking like asparagus spears. Before long, they daubed their legs in green dye and villagers chose the farmer with the most asparagus-like legs to crown King of Asparagus. The tradition was revived last year.
Visitors will also be able to browse the many stalls selling a host of asparagus goodies, enjoy asparagus cookery demonstrations and delight in the antics of the asparamancer and the asparagus fairy.
The auction begins at noon at The Fleece Inn, Bretforton on 27th May – more details can be found at www.britishasparagusfestival.org
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