Hey…Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it! Great Britain is known to have the best asparagus in the world, and they make sure they celebrate that every year. The British Asparagus Festival celebration I attended was A BLAST! It takes a FUN and CREATIVE group of people to turn a vegetable into a PARTY!
This year, everyone from the town’s Lord Mayor Councillor John Thomas, to a guy dressed up as “Gus the Asparagus” was a part of the celebration. People dressed up in costumes and wild outfits, and painted their faces green; and there was even what they call an “asparamancer” who predicts the future based on how asparagus spears that are tossed into the air land.
There was also a group of Morris Dancers - Morris dancing is a kind of folk dancing that’s been around since the 15th century.
I was honored to be a guest chef at the Asparagus Festival, and prepare my own asparagus recipe for the kids that attended the festival that day. You can check out my recipe here and try it for yourself.
Here’s a fun fact for you: In mediaeval times, people at the Fleece Inn use to draw witch circles on the floor in front of the hearths to keep witches from getting in through the chimneys.
They also put them on the inside of the door. Those witch circles are still on the hearths and the door at the Fleece Inn.
Before the festival, our adventure began with a train trip from the Paddington Station in London – and yes, that’s the same Paddington Station that the famous Paddington bear is named after. In fact they have The Paddington Bear Shop and a life-size bronze statue of Paddington Bear at the station.
We arrived in Moreton-in-Marsh and then went on to the Lygon Arms Hotel in Broadway, The Cotswolds, Worcestershire… I know… that’s a mouthful, and it really only sounds right if you have a British accent.
The Lygon Arms dates back to the 16th century. And the village looks just like something out of a movie.
One of my favorite things about the village was the old fashioned ice cream vendor. It’s really beautiful and peaceful there, and I think that out of all of the places we visited in England during this trip, this was my Mom’s favorite place.