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  2018 Dinners -- updated March 7, 2018

Due to bad weather or a lack of ramps, some dinners have been canceled or had date changes in the past. So please contact them if you are traveling a long distance.

*** The Shortline Ramp Festival has been cancelled for 2018 due to a lack of community involvement. They will reassess the interest in November and hopefully bring it back in 2019. ***

24th Annual Benefit Dinner, Buckhannon, WV
April 21. 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Upshur County Public Library, 1150 Rt. 20 South Rd., Buckhannon, WV 26201. Come to the Upshur County Public Library to enjoy Ramps, a Culinary Extravaganza, catered by the 88 Restaurant and Lounge.

In order to prepare for the dinner, the library will be closing at 2:00 p.m. that day, and will reopen for normal business on Saturday, the 21st of April, at 10:00 a.m.

The menu will consist of stir-fried ramps, ramp chowder, ramp quiche, and mixed green salad with a bacon and ramp vinaigrette dressing. In addition, tavern ham, red roasted potatoes, cornbread, dinner rolls, apple dumplings, and a peach-blueberry cobbler will be served for those who are not ramp lovers, but love libraries. Coffee, iced tea and water will be provided. This is a unique opportunity to sample gourmet ramp dishes in the library.

Tickets are $20 a person. All proceeds benefit the Upshur County Public Library. In addition, the Friends of the Upshur County Public Library will be holding a silent auction and basket raffle during the Dinner. Advanced reservations and payment are accepted through April 17th and are strongly encouraged to ensure everyone comes away satisfied. Reservations are accepted in person at the Circulation Desk or by calling the Library at (304) 473-4219, extension 14, during regular library hours. Library hours are 10 a.m. through 8 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and 10 a.m. through 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

This culinary experience is available only once a year and has been held annually since 1995. We have had many exciting changes very recently at Upshur County Public Library, and would like to share them with our community. Please come out and support your library.

Core, WV
April 21. 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Mason-Dixon Historical Park, 29 Buckeye Rd., Core WV.

Join us for the Mason Dixon Historical Park's annual Ramp Dinner! From 9:00 am to 2:00 pm we'll be serving up the finest ramp dinner the Appalachian Mountains have to offer. At 1:15 we will begin our wildflower walk. Suitable for all ages! Come celebrate Earth Day with us! Ramp Dinner At the Red Barn at The Mason-Dixon Historical Park. Ramps, Fried Potatoes, Soup beans, Ham, Salad, Chicken 'n Noodles, Sausage gravy, Biscuits, Applesauce, Corn Bread, Deviled Eggs, Pickled Eggs, Cakes. $10 Adult, $5 Age 12 & under, Free Age 5 & under with adult.

Wildflower Walk - Enjoy the beauty of springtime and follow in the footsteps of history during the Wildflower Walk. The free walk will begin at 1:15 p.m. in the parking lot next to the red barn, the park's main building. Please, no picking the wildflowers or any of the plants. •Wear appropriate clothing and shoes. In case of inclement weather, the wildflower walk will be canceled.

Stink Fest, Huntington, WV
April 21. 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The Wild Ramp is pleased to announce that the market's 4th Annual StinkFest, will take place at its Old Central City location (555 14th Street). Join us as we celebrate Ramp season! Feast on this iconic spring plant that is our market's namesake. Free and open to the public! Food vendors featuring ramp dish specialties, music, artisans, and activities for the kids. Meet "Stinky" our Wild Ramp mascot too! Stay tuned for more details in the next couple of weeks! Don't miss out on your chance to celebrate the stink!

The Wild Ramp is a year-round community-supported market that provides a viable economic outlet for local food producers while providing consumers access to locally grown agricultural products.

Faith Gospel Church, Parkersburg, WV
April 21. 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Directions: Go to South Parkersburg, and take Gihon Road to 1228 Lost Pavement Road. Faith Gospel Church is 1 1/2 miles out Lost Pavement Road, on the right. Price: Adults $12.00, $6.00 for children 11 years old & under. All you can eat! Menu includes: Ham, Fried Ramps, Fried Potatoes with Ramps, Fried Potatoes, Ramp Salad, Corn Bread, Dessert and Drinks. For more info call Pastor Sean Law 304-917-5342, Dave Gant 304-917-9362, Traci Lockhart 304-489-3647, or visit our website.

Pickens, WV
April 21. 2:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. American Legion Hall. Ramps, ham, cornbread, beans, fried potatoes, applesauce, cole slaw, and dessert. Sponsored by Pickens Post 122 American Legion. $15 for adults, $5 for children under 12. 304-924-5813.

Annual Feast of the Ramson, Richwood, WV
April 21. Cherry River Elementary Cafeteria. Richwood's "Feast of the Ramson" has been described as "the granddaddy of ALL Appalachian Ramp Feeds." Dinner is from 10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Menu includes ramps, ham, bacon, pototoes, brown beans, cornbread, desserts, coffee, cold drinks and sassafras tea. Additional parking at the nearby Laurel Creek Hardwood. Shuttles will run every hour to the school. Just follow the signs. Please check the Chamber's web site (link above) for advanced tickets. There will be live music & entertainment. Arts & Crafts Show will be at the City Hall, the Richwood Fire Station, and the Richwood Public Library. For info 304-846-6790 or .

"The flood may have destroyed parts of our community, but we have risen above the destruction and are rebuilding Richwood to be better than ever! A special thanks to all the volunteers ~ local, statewide, and across the country. We are Richwood Strong!"

10th Annual Ramps & Rail Festival, Elkins, WV
April 28. Last year's info. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 315 Railroad Avenue in the Town Square next to the Elkins Depot. Join us for the 9th Annual Ramps & Rail Festival! Festivites begin at 9am with the Ramps & Rail & Trail Bike Ride followed by a ramp-filled day! Live performances by Seth Maynard, Blackwater Mojo, and Bear Hill Bluegrass will take place throughout the day. Over 40 food and craft vendors, a silent auction, and train rides are offered. Call 1-877-686-7245 to reserve your train tickets! For more information call the Elkins Depot Welcome Center at 304-635-7803 or .

Helvetia Ramp Dinner, Helvetia, WV
April 28. 2:00 p.m. until the food runs out. Adults $15.00, $7.00 ages 5 - 12, 4 and under are free. Enjoy ramps, ham, fried potatoes, soup beans, coleslaw, applesauce, and cornbread with desserts and beverages. Square dance 8:00 - 11:00 p.m. Admission $5.00. Music performed by Helvetia Star Band.

Camp Caesar Ramp Dinner, Upperglade, WV
April 28. 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. $15.00 per person, 2 for $25.00, Children 6-11 $8.00, Children under 5 free with paid adult. Take outs available at door. Our menu includes: Fried Potatoes, Eggs, Bacon, Ham, Brown Beans, Ramps, Cornbread, dessert and drinks. Location: Camp Caesar Dining Hall. Route 20 North of Cowen in Upperglade, WV. Phone: 304-226-3888.

9th Annual BVFD Ramp Dinner, Buffalo, WV
April 29. Noon - 5:00 p.m. 19229 Buffalo Road. $10 for adults, $8 for kids under 12. Menu: Ramps, Fried Potatoes, Ham, Pinto Beans, Cornbread, Dessert, and Drink. Live music from The Band Wagon. For info call 304-937-3225 or 304-549-2679.

Mount Grove, WV
May 6. 11:00 a.m. til 3:00 p.m. The Best Stinkin' Dinner You Will Ever Eat will be served by Mount Grove Volunteer Fire Department. Mount Grove Vol. Fire Dept. Dinner Hall, 1671 Slaubaugh Rd. Eglon, WV. Adults $10, Children 6-11 $5, Children under 6 free. Menu: ramps, raw, cooked, fried potatoes, tavern ham, beans, cornbread, drinks, dessert. All you can eat! Info: call Dennis at 304-735-6444 or .

Mount Grove is on Rt 219 between Oakland, Maryland and Thomas, WV. As you look at a map, find where Maryland's southwestern tip fits into WV. That's about where we are. Watch for the signs. From Redhouse MD, take Rt. 219 south for approximately 8 miles to Mount Grove. From Thomas WV, take Rt. 219 north for approximately 4 miles to Mount Grove.

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