British Asparagus Festival Cancelled – Due to Lack of Asparagus

British Asparagus Festival Cancelled - Due to Lack of Asparagus

Recent rain and flooding Northwest of London, has forced organisers of the annual British Asparagus Festival to cancel the event, for lack of asparagus.  Organizers said that, after an unusually warm March, the flooding that followed heavy rain and cool temperatures in April had left the seasonal vegetable “almost completely dormant”.  After the River Avon burst its banks, flood waters left the Vale of Evesham, Worcestershire (the event’s venue), under several inches of water.  And yes, the Asparamancer was due to be there.

Organizer Angela Tidmarsh said:

“We were expecting asparagus to be scarce due to the unseasonably good weather at the start of the year followed by the recent deluge.  However, this week’s flooding means that the asparagus crop is almost completely dormant.  What’s more, the venue for the festival has been under several inches of water when the River Avon burst its banks.  It’s ironic as the British Asparagus Festival was started as a way of helping the area recover after the severe floods of 2007.”

The British Asparagus Growers’ Association has reported the earliest recorded, but small, crop of the vegetable due to the hot March, but said that with cooler temperatures and rain, production had ostensibly come to a halt.

In a continued interview with Organizer Angela Tidmarsh, she said there were plans to continue celebrating asparagus throughout May and it was hoped the crop would be available for the asparagus auction at the Fleece, at Bretforton on May 27.   The “king of asparagus”, due to be crowned at this weekend’s festival, will instead receive their crown of asparagus spears at the auction.

More cool weather forecast means it could be another ten days to two weeks before asparagus reaches British shops in full volume.  Growers say this year’s harvest is likely to be short but particularly intense.  Plants that had been stunted would pick up pace when the weather improved.

And You Though Asparagus Was Just Good Eating – Behold The Asparamancer!!

And You Though Asparagus Was Just Good Eating - Behold The Asparamancer!!Jemima Packington, a British mystic, claims that she’s the world’s only asparamancer.  You did read that correctly - an asparamancer.  And she just foretold the births of two royal British heirs and Britain’s imminent trouncing of the rest of the world in the 2012 Olympics.  Okay.

Watch the video below as she predicts the UK weather.  Grey and raining.  Prediction is a stretch there.  But that’s not all, she’s already made plenty of 2012 tellings including dual royal pregnancies, a new UK party leader, the collapse of the Euro (going out on another limb there) and the death of a high-profile British figure. We’ll have to see what sort of confidence we can place in the asparagus stalk.  They’re mighty tasty but perhaps in the right hand they can foretell….THE FUTURE!!!   Check out the wacky video below.