These ramp 'feeds' promise bad breath

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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.

Bob Batz Jr. (

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