The British Asparagus Festival

The British Asparagus Festival


Originating from the fundraising Asparagus Auction started by the Bretforton Silver Band to raise money for instruments the festival has grown and grown over the years. The six week long celebration of the vegetable in the Vale kicking off on St Georges Day in April now has world wide media coverage!

With its roots in farming the small market town of Evesham is proud to be one of the biggest and most well known producers of the spear headed vegetable in the country, a fact that has been recognised with the awarding of PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) status.

With a passion for all things traditionally English how could the Fleece Inn not celebrate the season of the green gras!

Look out for Asparabus tours throughout the season that take in the Fleece, as well as growers and farm shops.

Why not stay for an Aspara-break in our B&B, and don’t miss our Asparagus menu (we even have Asparagus liquors, for the very daring…)

As seen on BBC Midlands Today, Countryfile, Terry & Mason’s Great Food Trio & House in the Country!

2023 Aspara-Events

April & May : Vale of Evesham gras is available from the pub or Bretforton Community Shop

British Asparagus Festival Launch: Sun 23rd April The traditional start of the Gras harvest, starting two months of British Asparagus Festival celebrations. Join us for aspara-antics, music and morris, Gus the Asparagus Man and St George himself. At lunchtime local Northwest side Belle d’Vain dance out to celebrate St George’s Day, with invited guests.

Evesham Food Festival 29th April – 1st May We’ll be bringing fresh gras and our infamous Asparagus Eating Competition to the Evesham Food Festival on Crown Meadow. Join us in the Moongazing Hare Bar for your chance to be crowned the King or Queen of Asparagus!

Bretforton Silver Band Asparagus Auction – Sun 28 May
After two years online – The famous Asparagus Auction is back! Hundreds gather in the courtyard of the pub to enjoy Bretforton Silver Band and bid for the seasons largest, freshest and greenest Asparagus. All the produce is donated by local growers and Auctioned off by local man Colin Jelfs. Thousands of pounds have been raised for the Bretforton Silver band instruments and we’ve been on Countryfile with Adam Henson, Escape to The Country and local and national news!

St Leonards Church Asparagus Auction  – Sun 4 June

A more low-key event compared to the Band Auction, the Church auction follows an open-air service in The Cross.