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This month marks the return of Cornwall’s now annual asparagus festival celebrating this fantastic veg which comes into season in May.

Taking place on 19 May and hosted at the Penventon Park Hotel in Redruth, the Cornwall Asparagus Festival will feature a mixture of tasters, food stalls, cookery demonstrations and an opportunity to meet Cornwall’s largest asparagus growers, John and Jenny Keeler from Tregassow Farm.

John Keeler, has been growing asparagus for almost 15 years on his family farm outside of Truro. Each year they grow about 60 acres of asparagus each year, harvesting 12-15 tonnes – much of it sold at the twice-weekly farmer’s market in Truro and the county’s farmshops.

“We have built up quite a reputation,” says John. “People know the quality is good and the presentation is first class. There’s not often a surplus, it’s mostly sold in Cornwall.”

But, he admits, that wasn’t always the case. “We had quite a job in the beginning – people didn’t know what to do with it – we produced leaflets on how to cook it; now a lot of people look forward to the season.

“It’s quite different when it’s grown local and it’s fresh. I quite like it grilled or steamed the traditional way standing up in the pan, with a little bit of butter, they are delicious.”

Last year’s event attracted more than 250 visitors and this year is expected to be bigger and better than ever with Penventon’s executive head chef Joe Lado Deesa masterminding the event.

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You can win the Penventon experience with Cornwall Life!

The Penventon Park Hotel in Redruth is hosting the free one-day asparagus festival on Sunday 19 May to honour this fantastic seasonal ingredient and to celebrate they are also offering a prize of dinner, bed and breakfast for two!

The Penventon Park Hotel is a charming Georgian mansion house in Cornwall. Privately owned and run by the Pascoe family for over 40 years this luxury 3* hotel is centrally positioned close to all that Cornwall offers.

The prize includes three-course table d’Hote dinner, overnight stay and breakfast. The chefs use top quality local produce to create a wide range of classic cuisine that will tempt any palate.

The winner will be notified after the closing date on 22 May 2013.

Penventon Terms and Conditions:

Based on two people sharing a classic double of twin room.

Subject to availability at time of booking, excludes all bank holiday weekends, Christmas and New Year’s Breaks. Must be used by 31 December, 2013.


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