WIN tickets to Asparafest!

April 19, 2014

Asparagus

I’m utterly delighted the annual British Asparagus Season is almost upon us. I can’t get enough of the lovely stuff, and each year I eagerly anticipate it’s appearance in the shops and relish the few short weeks it’s available. And it’s one veg that I flatly refuse to buy or eat imported and out of season. Officially the British season kicks off next week on 23rd April but local shops are already selling it, yay! And double yay!

british-asparagusTo celebrate the season I’ve teamed up with the folk behind Asparafest, a family-friendly Asparagus, Music & Food Festival held annually in Evesham, Worcestershire, the very heart of English asparagus growing country. And practically on my doorstep here in neighbouring Herefordshire. They’ve kindly offered Eat Your Veg readers a weekend family festival ticket including camping, plus a bunch of Vale asparagus thrown in too!. To enter leave a comment in the below comments box detailing your favourite asparagus recipe OR if you’re a food blogger you can link up a recipe post using the inLinkz Linky tool. A selection of recipes will also get to be featured in the festival programme.

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The festival this year is on Saturday 31st May and Sunday 1st June at Ashdown Farm in Evesham and includes two music stages, family crafts & workshops, CBeebies Mr Bloom, Gastronaut Stefan Gates, falconry, aerial theatre, a cookery kitchen with Felice Tocchini, vintage vehicles, a fun fair, craft and food stalls a plenty, real ale and cider and various talks and demonstrations. Not to mention lots and lots of Awesome Asparagus including asparagus eating, cooking and recipe competitions!.

So how do you like to cook and eat your asparagus?. For me there’s nothing finer than simply steamed and dipped in melted butter with a cheeky squeeze of lemon and plenty of black pepper. Or used as a soldier in a runny egg or gloriously baked with a wrapping of prosciutto. Other times I crave something with a little more effort, perhaps a spring Asparagus & Pea Risotto or a Gruyere & Asparagus Tart, or even baking in a Seasonal Traybake with Chicken & New Potatoes or a summery Chicken, Asparagus & Lemon Cassoulet. I also have a few new recipe ideas up my sleeve to test out and post this season, so do watch out!.

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Closing Date for entries is Monday 5th May 2014

A few competition rules:

? Post your recipe in the comments box below OR if you’re a blogger the url in the inLinkz Link Up tool below.

? You may submit any recipe that includes Asparagus, past or current, up to a maximum of three entries please. You’re also welcome to submit the post to other challenges too. If the recipe is not your own please give the appropriate credit.

? If you’re on Twitter or Instagram then please do tweet or Instagram about your post to myself @Eat_Your_Veg and @AsparaFestUK and include the hashtag #AsparafestComp We’ll retweet all that we see.

? After 5th May a representative from Asparafest will choose a winning recipe and the winner will be emailed and also announced in a round up of entries on this site. The winner will receive family weekend festival tickets, including camping and a bunch of vale asparagus. Tickets are transferable to another family should not be able to attend the dates of the festival, though no cash alternative will be offered.

? A selection of recipes will also be featured in the festival programme.  

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19 thoughts on “WIN tickets to Asparafest!

  1. Kate

    I so love Asparagus. Last year the season was badly affected by the weather. I too am waiting with anticipation for this years to begin!

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  2. kim mcdonough

    I love to make Asparagus and lemon risotto. Really simple recipe: Saute 2 shallots in olive oil. Add 300g of pearl barley then add 250ml of white wine. When the liquid has absorbed, make 1 litre of vegetable stock and ladle this in gradually. Add the zest of one lemon and two bunches of asparagus, chopped into chunks.Stir in 25g of grated parmesan cheese. When finished, top with more parmesan and chopped parsley. FABULOUS !!

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    1. Louisa

      Thanks so much Kim. I’ve made a few pearl barley risottos and they’re always a delicious nuttiness, but haven’t tried one with asparagus! Sounds delish and fabulous indeed.

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  3. Karen

    Sadly I won’t be in the UK then, as I am overseas on a press trip, but like you I am a HUGE asparagus fan and I will be enjoyed them when I get back in June!

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    1. Louisa

      Your overseas press trip sounds fun Karen, and at least you’ll get to enjoy some lovely asparagus when you return. Thanks so much for linking up your lovely recipes!

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  4. Katie Nightingale

    Chefs twist on an asparagus dish is a lazy brunch with smoked salmon, scrambled eggs, Asparagus on toasted sour dough!
    To serve 4;
    10 free range eggs
    50g unsalted butter
    50g creme fraiche
    1 bunch asparagus
    4 slices sour dough
    160g quality smoked salmon
    Olive oil

    Beat the eggs in a bowl with the creme fraiche and add a pinch of salt.
    Snap off the woody ends of the asparagus and cook them on the hot char-grill pan for approx 4 minutes, turning whilst they cook.
    Toast the sour dough for 2-3 minutes each side under a grill.
    Pour the egg mixture into a non stick pan over a medium heat and use a spatula to mix slowly until the eggs scramble.
    Drizzle the toast with olive oil and serve the eggs, asparagus and waves of salmon on top and garnish with a wedge of lemon!

    The evesham hotel
    23/4/14

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    1. Louisa

      Thanks Katie, this sounds like a truly heavenly brunch. Loving the char-grilling of the asparagus, I’m going to do this with my next batch!

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  5. Helen

    These recipes all sound so YUMMY! I always struggle to make anything with asparagus, just because the temptation to steam, butter and SCOFF is so overwhelming! Will have to use every scrap of willpower and have a go at some of these delicious ideas too.

    Helen x.

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  6. Janie

    I just added a recipe to your linky & then realised I’m not free the weekend of the festival – DOH!
    Please don’t enter me for the tickets 🙂
    Janie x

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