These ramp 'feeds' promise bad breath

Ramp aficionado Darcy Riggs is at it again, presenting the annual fundraiser ramp dinner at Olde Saint John's Episcopal Church in Colliers, W.Va. It runs from 2 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 26.

Like the ramps (wild leeks) themselves, she says she's behind this year and hadn't set all the prices, but the main feed is $8, which gets you fried potatoes with ramps and bacon, brown beans and cornbread. You can add ham, drink and dessert for another buck each. Other a la carte items are to include ramp dogs and Italian sausage and ramp sandwiches with sweet onion marmalade. For more information, call 1-304-527-4746.

The stinky-but-much-sought-after wild leeks will be ramp-ant all weekend at the Mason-Dixon Ramp Festival, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27, at Mason-Dixon Park near Mount Morris in Greene County. Food items for sale from a dozen vendors include the classic fried potatoes with ramps, ramp burgers, beer-battered deep-fried ramps, ramp kielbassa, Mason-Dixon dogs (with sauerkraut, chili, coleslaw, onions and ramps), even ramp candies, plus other regional delicacies such as salt-risin' bread, sassafras tea, pies, doughnuts and much more. Non-edible fun includes live music, crafters and other exhibitors, plus an open-air church service at 9 a.m. Sunday. For full details and directions, visit or call the park at 1-304-879-5500 or 1-304-879-5372.

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