Ramp, or wild leek, is a bulb vegetable that blooms in the spring. It has the scent of a garlic, but the flavor of an onion. To celebrate the arrival of the ramps, festivals are held with activities and food for all ages.
The biggest one is the Feast of the Ramson held annually at Richmond, WV, who proudly holds the title “Ramp Capital of the World.” This year, it will be celebrated on April 21, 2012.
The festival will be held at the Richwood High School, from 10:30am to 3:30pm. Live music, cloggers, art & craft show, ramp dinner and a ramp recipe contest are included in the festivities.
Tickets costs $15 for adults, $7 for children 12 and under. If you buy a ticket in advance, you get the discounted rate of $13 and $6 for adults and children respectively.
For more information about the Ramp Festival, visit the Richwood Area Chamber of Commerce website.
Other ramp festivities in West Virginia this year include the Summers County Ramp Dinner in Hinton (April 14), Tyler County Senior Center Ramp Dinner (April 14), Delbert Freewill Baptist Church Annual Ramp Dinners (April 21), Pickens Ramp Supper (April 21), Annual Ramp Celebration Weekend at Stonewall Resort (April 21), Helvetia Ramp Dinner (April 28), Washington Bottom Community Ramp Feed (April 28), Hacker Valley Elementary School and Fire Department Ramp Dinner (April 28), Frametown Volunteer Fire Department Ramp Dinner (May 6), and Ramp Dinner at Bomont, Clay County (May 6).
Photo by Dan Mullen