Entrance to Asparafest, Evesham, Worcestershire

A day at the fair 

Summer is the season for fairs in England, so days after checking out Malvern’s annual Food Festival, Adam and I found ourselves at another Worcestershire classic, Asparafest.

Set in Evesham, a half an hour drive east, Asparafest celebrates the market town’s asparagus farms. It was one of those quirky community events Adam had told me about before we moved to England and I was keen to see it for myself.

Asparagus for sale at Asparafest, Evesham, Worcestershire.

Although small the festival had a lovely country fair feeling about it. There was a tea tent, carnival rides for children, a sheep dog display and vintage cars and steam motors on show.

Tea tent sign at Asparafest, Evesham, Worcestershire.

Vintage car on display at Asparafest, Evesham, Worcestershire.

Naturally there was an abundance of asparagus related food on offer. Adam devoured an asparagus and bacon roll for lunch, while I settled on an asparagus, bacon and cheese crepe. We sat on big piles of soft hay and watched musical acts perform on a stage.

Asparagus and bacon roll at Asparafest, Evesham, Worcestershire.

Asparagus, bacon and cream cheese crepe at Asparafest, Evesham, Worcestershire.

There was also a stand selling asparagus ice-cream!  Adam was brave enough to give it a try and described the flavour as ‘sweet but asparagus-y’ – alright the once, but not a repeat choice!

Asparagus ice cream at Asparafest, Evesham, Worcestershire.

The field used for the festival is also the site of the Ashdown World War Two Camp.  It’s a collection of shelters and huts set up with displays reflecting both army and civilian life in 1940s England.

Ashdown WW2 Camp, Evesham, Worcestershire.

Display at Ashdown WW2 Camp, Evesham, Worcestershire.

As the afternoon wore on the temperature dropped (I was wearing three layers of clothes!) and big dark clouds moved ominously towards us from the west. We bought a bunch of asparagus (naturally), a punnet of sweet smelling cherry tomatoes and hit the road home minutes before the rain started to fall.

It seemed like an apt ending to the day. Very English weather at a very English fair.

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