Ramp Dinners & Festivals

Freshly dug ramps
Freshly dug ramps from the West Virginia forest

After a long mountain winter, settlers in West Virginia hungrily welcomed the appearance of the wild leek or “ramp,” one of the first edible plants to ripen in the forest in spring. The ramp became the focus for a tradition of communal feasts, a ritual that lingers today in rural Appalachia. Dozens of public ramp dinners and all-out festivals are hosted throughout the state in April and May, and untold hundreds of harvesters set-up roadside stands to supplement their income.


Buckhannon Eagles Dinner
April 1, 2017 (Saturday)
Buckhannon, West Virginia
Upshur County

The annual all-you-can-eat ramp dinner at the Buckhannon Eagles Club 4357 will be held at the club on WV-20 from noon until the food runs out. A charge of $13 per person applies. The menu will include raw, cooked, and deep-fried ramps as well as ham, cornbread, applesauce, pickled eggs, white and brown beans, and fried potatoes with and without ramps. For more information, call 304-472-4858

Buffalo Volunteer Fire Department Dinner
April 8, 2017 (Saturday)
Buffalo, West Virginia
Putnam County

The annual all-you-can-eat ramp dinner at the Buffalo Volunteer Fire Department Dinner will be held at the department at 3522 Buffalo Road from noon until 5 p.m. A charge of $10 per adult and $8 per child younger than 12 applies. Follow the event on Facebook.

Calvalry Assembly of God Dinner
April 8, 2017 (Saturday)
Valley Head, West Virginia
Randolph County

The annual all-you-can-eat ramp dinner at the Calvalry Assembly of God in Valley Head will be held at the church outreach center from noon until 5 p.m. A charge of $8 per adult and $5 per child younger than 12 applies. Children three and younger are admitted free. Macaroni-and-cheese is available for children.

Pine Grove Shortline Ramp Festival
April 8, 2017 (Saturday)
Pine Grove, West Virginia
Wetzel County

The annual all-you-can-eat ramp dinner at the Robert C. Byrd Center from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. will include crafts and bluegrass music. A charge of $10 per adult and $8 per child younger than 12 applies. Follow the event on Facebook.

New Life Church Ramp Dinner
April 15, 2017 (Saturday)
Beverly, West Virginia
Randolph County

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the annual all-you-can-eat ramp dinner at the New Life Church in Beverly will feature raw and cooked ramps, potatoes with and without ramps, brown and white beans, and dessert and drinks. Call 304-338-2087 for more information.

Pickens Ramp Dinner
April 15 (Saturday)
Pickens, West Virginia
Randolph County

From 2:30 to 7:30 p.m., the annual Pickens Ramp Dinner will feature ramps, ham, cornbread, beans, fried potatoes, applesauce, cole slaw, and dessert. Sponsored by Pickens Post 122 of the American Legion, admission is $14 for adults and $5 for children younger than 12. Call 304-924-5813 for more information.

Feast of the Ramson
April 22, 2017 (Saturday)
Richwood, West Virginia
Nicholas County

In its 79th year, the 9:30-to-4 p.m. festival at Cherry River Elementary School includes crafts, live music, a ramp recipe contest, and a 10:30 a.m.-to-3:30 p.m. dinner. A charge of $15 per adult guest and $7 per child applies, though advance tickets are available the April 10 at $13 per adult and $6 per child younger than 12 years old. For more information, call 304-846-6790 or visit the website.

Camp Caesar Ramp Dinner
April 29 (Saturday)
Cowen, West Virginia
Webster County

At the dining hall at Camp Caesar, off WV-20 north of Cowen, at Upper Glade, the 11 a.m.-to-4 p.m. dinner will include ramps, ham, eggs, bacon, cornbread, brown beans, fried potatoes, and dessert. Take-out orders are available. For more information, including prices, call 304-226-3888 or visit the camp website.

Ramp-&-Rails Festival
April 29, 2017 (Saturday)
Elkins, West Virginia
Randolph County

Next to the Elkins Depot, the free 10 a.m-to-5 p.m. festival includes crafts, live entertainment, and a favorite ramp dish contest. For more information, call 304-635-7803 or visit the Elkins welcome center website. The Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad will run one-hour train rides at 12:30 and 3 p.m. in conjunction with the festival.

Camp Creek Ramp Feast
April 29, 2017 (Saturday)
Camp Creek, West Virginia
Mercer County

Part of a two-day celebration of timber-sports and the ramp harvest, the 11 a.m.-to-3 p.m. ramp feast includes ramp casserole, brown beans, cornbread, slaw, and desert at Camp Creek State Park. A $12 dinner admission will raise funds for the Camp Creek State Park & Forest Foundation. Other weekend events include a 8-10 a.m. birding and wildflower walk. For more information, call 304-425-9481.

Two Runs Ramp Dinner
April 29, 2017 (Saturday)
Palestine, West Virginia
Wirt County

From noon. to 6 p.m., the ramp dinner at the Two Runs Community Center at 9131 Palestine Road will feature raw and cooked ramps, fried potatoes with and without ramps, cornbread, soup beans and dessert and drinks. Hot dogs are available for youngsters. Admission is $10 per person. Call 304-257-8911 for more information.

Faith Gospel Ramp Dinner
April 29 (Saturday)
Parkersburg, West Virginia
Wood County

From 2 to 6 p.m., the all-you-can-eat menu includes ham, fried ramps, fried potatoes, fried potatoes with ramps, ramp salad, soup beans, corn bread and dessert. Admission is $12 per adult and $6 per child 11 and younger. For more information call 304-481-3867 or visit their website.

Helvetia Ramp Dinner
April 29, 2017 (Saturday)
Helvetia, West Virginia
Randolph County

In the Helvetia Historic District, the 3-to-8 p.m. dinner includes ramps, ham, fried potatoes, soup beans, coleslaw, applesauce, cornbread, and desserts and beverages. A square dance with music by the Helvetia Star Band follows at 9 p.m. For more information, visit the Helvetia website.

H.E. White Elementary Ramp Dinner
May 7, 2017 (Sunday)
Bomont, West Virginia
Clay County

The 11 a.m.-to-3 p.m. dinner at H.E. White Elementary at 501 Bomont Road includes traditional ramp-dinner fare. Admission is $10 per adult and $5 per child younger than 13 years old. Dinner includes ramps, ham, potatoes served with and without ramps, green beans, corn, pinto or white beans, rolls and cornbread, desserts, and beverages. Fresh sassafras tea will also be available.

Mount Grove Ramp Dinner
(Generally held in May: 2017 details to be announced)
Eglon, West Virginia
Preston County

Hosted by the Mount Grove Volunteer Fire Department on US-219, this 11 a.m.-to-3 p.m. dinner includes ham, beans, cornbread, dessert, potatoes fried with ramps and without, and ramps served raw, cooked, and in a unique salad. Admission is $10 per adult, $5 per child younger than 12 years old, and free to children younger than six. For more information, call 304-735-6801.

Springfield Ramp Dinner
May 7, 2017 (Sunday)
Springfield, West Virginia
Hampshire County

At the Springfield Fire Hall, the dinner begins at noon and ends when the food is gone and includes raw and sauteed ramps, ham, meatloaf, fried potatoes, brown beans, coleslaw, and ramp cake. Admission is $12 per adult and $6 per child 10 and younger. For more information, call 304-822-3007.

Jenkins Chapel Ramp Dinner
May 20 (Saturday)
Mathias, West Virginia
Hardy County

Hosted at Jenkins Chapel off Howards Lick Road, the 4-7 p.m. dinner includes traditional ramp-dinner fare. For more information, call 304-897-5219 or visit the Hardy County visitors center website.


Photos of Ramps and Ramp Dinners

Visitors share their appreciation of ramps in our gallery of ramps and ramp dinners.


Do you know of West Virginia ramp feasts we need to include?

Please contact the offices of West Virginia Explorer at 304-575-7390 or use our request for ramp festival information to let us know of ramp feasts we’ve not included here.

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Share on LinkedInPin on PinterestShare on TumblrEmail this to someone