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All asparagus lovers will know that spring means the start of one thing, asparagus season.
If you're fond of the most venerable of veg embrace the chance to celebrate the start of the season and get your fill of the tender spring vegetable in two themed festivals on opposite sides of the Atlantic. The San Joaquin festival stateside, and the quaint British festival in Worcestershire.
San Joaquin Asparagus Festival, California, USA
Prepare to get your fill of the flowering perennial plant in a number of unusual dishes at this fun Californian event in San Joaquin from 15th to 17th April 2016.
A number of tasty and unusual asparagus dishes will feature including; Deep Fried Asparagus and Asparagus Ice Cream, such as, Asparagus Lumpia, Pulled Pork Sandwich with Asparagus Slaw, Asparagus Chicken Bowl, Asparagus Corn Dogs & Polish Corn Dogs, Asparagus Chili Cheese Fries, Asparagus Nachos & Bacon Wrapped Asparagus.
Don't miss the asparagus recipe contest on Sunday 17th April to have your chance to compete with your own creations.
Catch a taste of the action here:
What San Joaquin Asparagus Festival
When 15 - 17 April, 2016
Where San Joaquin, California, USA
British Asparagus Festival, UK
For a more eccentric affair head to the Vale of Evesham in Worcestershire. The event started some nine years ago modelled on its American cousin but has since taken on a distinctly British tone.
Starting on St Georges Day, 23rd April, which happily co-incides with the start of the English Asparagus Growing season the Festival lasts a couple of months celebrating the growing, harvesting and feasting of the tasty delicacy.
The festival begins with The Great English Asparagus Run- a Beau Jolais type event with a giant round of asparagus being taken to prestigious locations throughout the Country.
Other highlights include the Asparagus Auction and the chance to bid for the season's largest, freshest and greenest asparagus, with proceeds going to charity.
The final Asparafest, held on the 4th and 5th June, is a chance for a good old fashioned knees up with live music, cooking demonstrations and more as the season draws to an end.
Check out the quirky ceremony below, in which a local vicar blesses the humble vegetable. On this particular year a round was driven away in a top-down Morgan classic car to the luxury London department store Fortnum & Mason, where it featured on a seasonal menu.
In the meantime if you can't wait to get cooking, here are some locally inspired asparagus recipes.
What British Asparagus Festival
When 23rd April to 21st June, 2016
Where Vale of Evesham, Worcestershire, UK