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How'd It Start?

The small villages of Badsey and Bretforton lie just outside of Evesham, for years the resident silver band of Bretforton village have raised money for equipment and instruments by way of an annual auction of the finest crop each season.

The auctions have grown and grown over more than 30 years and the thousands raised have helped the silver band to become the last remaining village silver band in the county. Hundreds of spectators now crowd the courtyard of the National Trust owned Fleece Inn at the end of every May to bid on the biggest and juiciest of the years crop.

Following the success of the auction a bank holiday Monday festival at the Fleece was born. This mini festival has aided in raising the profile of the Vale of Evesham and its signature crop. 

The festival was built on traditional values and reflects the feel of a village fete with the inclusion of local food producers and traders, hand crafts, kids entertainment and a strong community ethos.  

Along the way the Asparagus Festival has gained some fantastic support from various celebrities and familiar faces, the event itself attracts hundreds every year to the picturesque village of Bretforton and prooves that the Vale of Evesham can throw a bash to be proud of.