Local asparagus for a good cause & first course

The annual celebration of Asparagus season was this year shared by Acorns Children's Hospice and The Broadway Hotel.

Each year on St. George’s Day, the official launch of Asparagus season is celebrated across the Vale of Evesham. On this day, the 100 first-cut British Asparagus spears are traditionally gifted, with previous notable recipients including Her Majesty the Queen and the House of Lords.

This year, after a morning of celebrations at The Fleece Inn at Bretforton, the newly-harvested spears were escorted by a fleet of vintage & Morgan cars to Acorns for the Three Counties in Worcester, voted as most worthy to receive the Asparagus this year. There was much celebration in the gardens of the Bath Road hospice on the sunny Saturday afternoon with dancing and tea and cake for all.

Also at Acorns to celebrate the launch of Asparagus season was Ryan Holland, a chef from The Broadway Hotel. After the asparagus-filled afternoon at Acorns, Ryan escorted the spears to The Broadway Hotel to prepare ready for dinner service, where they would be served in a special charity starter, developed by 2 AA Rosette Head Chef Eric Worger and team.

The starter of Asparagus Veloute, Crispy Duck Egg, Chargrilled Asparagus and Wild Garlic Oil was served in the hotel's Tattersall's Brasserie on Saturday evening and Sunday lunch, with 20 portions available in total and all proceeds being donated back to Acorns.

Mandie Fitzgerald, Community Fundraising Manager for Acorns, said: "It's an absolute honour to have been chosen as the final recipient of the famous round of asparagus and the occasion really underlines our connection to the local community. We're so grateful to Ryan and the team for cooking up such a mouth-watering dish, at the same time helping to raise the vital funds we need to continue providing the care and support that Three Counties children and their families rely on."

The Broadway Hotel is part of the Cotswold Inns and Hotels group, who have supported Acorns for many years now following a close family connection. The Group’s Managing Director; Paul Davis, also had a busy weekend as he completed his first Marathon for Acorns on Sunday.

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