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  2018 Dinners -- updated May 14, 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 Glenville dinner has been postponed to May 6th, due to immature ramps and recent flooding. ***

*** 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. ***

*** Aurora won't be having a dinner this year. I'll sure miss their ramp muffins!***

*** Reynoldsville won't be having their dinner. They had me post it last night but cancelled today because they can't get enough ramps.***

Buckhannon Eagles 4357, Buckhannon, WV
April 7. Last year's info: Noon until the food runs out. The annual ramp dinner at the Buckhannon Eagles Club will be held at the club on West Virginia Route 20 North. The menu will consist of ramps, raw and cooked, beans, white and brown, cornbread, ham, fried potatoes, with or without ramps, pickled eggs and applesauce. Takeout will be available. The cost will be $13 for all you can eat. For more information, call 304-472-4858 after 3:00 p.m.

Annual Ramp Dinner, Clarksburg, WV
April 7. 5:00 p.m. American Legion Post 13, 270 E Main St. Benefits our Post 13 Baseball team. 100% of the proceeds go to ensure our communities youth can play baseball representing our post. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. Please help support our local youth! We will be serving several different ramp dishes and takeout is available. Hope to see a big turnout. Thanks in advance for your continued support.

Ellamore, WV
April 14. Noon to 4:00 p.m. Ellamore Recreation Center. The menu will consist of ramps, ham, white and brown beans, fried potatoes, cornbread, dessert and coffee or tea. Proceeds will help keep the community building open.

Valley Head, WV
April 14. Noon to 4:00 p.m. Calvary Assembly of God on Rt. 219. All you can eat! The menu will consist of ham, fried potatoes, ramps, beans, cornbread, biscuits, drinks, and desserts and macaroni and cheese for kids. For more information, call 304-339-4037.

24th Annual Benefit Dinner, Buckhannon, WV
April 20. Corrected date! 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.

Berea, WV
April 21. 2:00 p.m. or until the food runs out. Adults, $15, Children under 10, $5. A family style ramp dinner at the South Fork Grange, 15 miles south of Pennsboro. This is a very popular dinner, so come early and come hungry. The menu includes ramps, ham, potatoes, soup beans, corn bread, applesauce, horseradish pickles, cake and coffee or iced tea.

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Beverly, WV
April 21. 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. New Life Church, located south of Beverly across from Burgess Mobile Home Park. The all-you-can-eat meal will include brown and white beans, ham, fried potatoes, raw and cooked ramps, drinks and desserts. For more information, call 304-338-2087.

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.

Leivasy, WV
April 21. Noon - 5:00 p.m. Leivasy People’s Place.

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. - 6:00 p.m. American Legion Hall. Menu will include ramps, ham, fried potatoes, brown beans, coleslaw with homemade dressing, applesauce, cornbread, dessert and drinks. The supper is sponsored by the Pickens American Legion Post 122. For more information, call 304-924-5813 or 304-924-5205.

80th 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!"

Elkins, WV
April 27. 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. New Era Christian Academy will host an all-you-can-eat ramp dinner at 312 Wilson St. in Elkins. Deliveries will be made from 10 a.m. to noon. Dine-in or carryout is available. For more information, call 304-636-9290 or 304-642-7081.

VFW 2523 Ramp Dinner, Bruceton Mills, WV
April 28. Noon to 6:00 p.m. Bruceton - Brandonville VFW Post 2523 on Rt. 26. Sponsored by the VFW and it's Auxiliary. MEAL OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Donations $8.00 Adult, $4.00 Kids. "Unwavering support for uncommon heroes". Menu includes fried potatoes with and without ramps, stewed ramps, beans with ham, cornbread, applesauce, coleslaw, rolls, coffee, tea and cake. Take out available.

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Buckhannon, WV
April 28. 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Buckhannon Upshur High School Band Boosters at the high school. $15 for an adult meal, $5 for children 10 and under or you can just make a donation. Menu: Baked Ham, White Beans, Cornbread, Fried Potatoes (with or without ramps), Applesauce, Cooked and Raw ramps, a variety of desserts and Coffee, Tea and Water. You can purchase advance tickets from any BU Band Member! Any questions feel free to contact Stephanie Lane at (304) 880-6100.

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Camp Creek Lumberjack Competition and Ramp Feast, Camp Creek, WV
April 28. 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Camp Creek State Park, 2390 Co Highway 19/5 (two miles off I-77 at exit 20). It's springtime! Time to get outside. Experience a spring West Virginia culinary tradition with a Ramp Feast and watch the area's only timbersport competition. There will be a flower and bird walk at 8 a.m., with the feast from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. The dinner includes ramp casserole, brown beans, cornbread, slaw and drink for $12. The timbersport competition, featuring the country's best, is free to watch and will run from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
For info call 304-425-9481.

Colliers, WV
April 28. Noon to 5:00 p.m. Olde St John's Episcopal Church is at the intersection of St. John's Rd. and Eldersville Rd. (Rt. 27). Fried potatoes with ramps and bacon, soup beans, cornbread and a drink for $8. Add dessert, baked ham, ramp sausage sandwich, ramp dog, ramp tortellini soup. We are a very small, beautiful church, over 200 hundred years old. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year so please come see what the stink is all about!! This might be the only ramp dinner in this area. For info call (304) 527-4746.

Elkins, WV
April 28. 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. American Legion Post 29 at 326 Railroad Ave. will host a ramp dinner prepared by the Ladies Auxiliary. Menu includes ramps, ham, brown beans, fried potatoes, cornbread, dessert and choice of lemonade, tea, water or coffee. Those attending may pay at the door. Proceeds benefit the local community organizations/projects that the Auxiliary supports. For more information, call 304-636-3930.

10th Annual Ramps & Rail Festival, Elkins, WV
April 28. 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 315 Railroad Avenue in the Town Square next to the Elkins Depot. Join us for the 10th Annual Ramps & Rail Festival! Festivities begin at 10AM. Live performances by D&E Appalachian Ensemble and Aurora Celtic will take place throughout the day. Over 40 food and craft vendors, a silent auction, and train rides are offered through the Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad. Reservations are advised for train tickets - To order online please visit: http://mountainrailwv.com/tour/ramps-rails/ Or Call: 304-636-9477.

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.

Mt Liberty Community Annual Ramp Dinner, Philippi, WV
April 28. 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Adults $10.00, 12 and under $6.00. Menu: Ramps, fried potatoes with or without ramps, cooked ramps, ham, brown beans or white beans, applesauce and cornbread or roll, dessert and drink.

Quick Area Community Center Ramp Dinner, Quick, WV
April 28. 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Adults - $12.00, Children (12 & under) $6.00. Menu includes: ramps, ham, beans, cooked cabbage, fried potatoes, scrambled eggs, cornbread, dessert, & drink. To-Go orders available at the event but will not be taken by phone. Questions prior to event, call: 304-965-2570 or 304-437-1768. Day of event call: 304-965-9008. Address is 23 Lucy Lane, Clendenin, WV – but we are still in heart of Quick – building is about 6 miles past Pinch/Quick intersection.

Rowlesburg, WV
April 28. Noon - 4:00 p.m. or sold out. VFW Function Room. $10 Adult, $6 for child under 12. Sponsored by Rowlesburg VFW Cannon Hill Post 3008 and Auxilary.

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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.

Brushy Fork, WV
May 5. 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Brushy Fork Community Building, $12.00 Adults $5.00 Children 6 - 12. Menu: potatoes with or without ramps, ham, cornbread, stewed ramps, brown beans, white beans, desserts and drinks. For info call (304) 842-7885 or (304) 739 - 2559. Directions from Bridgeport: Past Hinkle and Deegan Lakes to the end of the road, turn left, go straight 7.5 miles. Directions from Philippi: Rt. 57 to Stewart's Run, go straight 6 miles.

Erbacon, WV
May 5. 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Erbacon Community Building, Main Street. Ramps and all the fixin’s. All you can eat. Adults $12, ages 7-12 $8 and ages 6 and under free with paying adult. For info call 304 226-3220 or 304 226-5711.

Bomont, WV
May 6. 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Annual Ramp Dinner at H.E. White Elementary, 501 Bomont Road. Cost is $10 per adult, $10 for take out. Menu: Ramps, ham, fried potatoes with or without ramps, green beans, corn, white or brown beans, corn bread or roll, dessert and soft drink, water or sassafrass tea. For any questions contact Melonie 304-951-2487, Jessica 304-993-8863.

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Frametown, WV
May 6. 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Frametown Volunteer Fire Department. Adults $12, kids 5 to 12 $6, 4 and under free. Ramps, bacon, eggs, fried potatoes, brown or white beans, cornbread, dessert and drinks. Exit 51 off I-79 2 miles toward Sutton to Rosedale Road and the fire department is about 300 yards on the left. Just follow the signs.

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Glenville, WV
May 6. Noon - 2:30 p.m. or until the food runs out. Sponsored by the Gilmer County Farm Show. Menu: Ramps, ham, potatoes, beans, cornbread, desserts and a drink. Free second helping, eat in only. Adult advanced tickets $12, at the door $15. Children 12 and under $6. Tickets are available at the WVU Gilmer County Extension Office, 304-462-7061.

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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.

Bayard VFD Annual Ramp Dinner, Bayard, WV
May 13. 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. 96 Potomac Avenue, Bayard WV 26707. All you can eat! $10 for adults, $6 for kids 6 to 12, 5 and under free. Featuring our famous ramp salad, cooked ramps, ham, potatoes with or without ramps, raw ramps, corn bread and beans, drinks and desserts.

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Mathias, WV
May 19. 4:00 - 7:00 p.m Jenkins Chapel Ramp Dinner. Menu: Ramps, Eggs, Ham, Fried Potatoes, Cornbread, Brown Beans and Homemade Desserts. Free will offering. New location for 2018, Mathias Community Building, 195 Howards Lick Rd Hollow.

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