Love’em or hate’em, ramps are an important part of celebrating spring in many West Virginia communities.

Ramps grow wild and are a type of wild leek. The flavor is sometimes compared to a strong onion with a hint of garlic.

Here’s our annual list of ramp dinners and festivals around the state for 2017.

Celebrations offer brave diners a chance to sample everything from ramp infused burgers to pickled ramps. Many of the dinners have grown and now offer live music, games and crafts.

It’s the perfect time to celebrate another beautiful season in the Mountain State.

April 8

Shortline Ramp Festival, Pine Grove: The event will be held at the Robert C. Byrd Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year’s ramp dinner will be prepared by the Short Line Energy kids. The menu includes soup beans with ramps, boiled potatoes with ramps, cornbread with ramps, dessert and drink for $7.50. Other activities include a flea market, 5k run/walk, crafters and chicken bingo. Don’t forget about the ramp eating contest, too. More info.

April 22

Feast of the Ramson, Richwood: The “granddaddy of all Appalachian ramp feeds” will include a feast at Cherry River Elementary and crafters set up along Main Street, also at Richwood Alumni Hall and City Hall. More info.

Stink Feast, Huntington: Organizers say it is the perfect way to celebrate ramp season. It will be held at The Wild Ramp, located in Old Central City on Huntington’s west end. The popular event is free and open to the public. Activities will include food vendors featuring ramp dish specialties, music, activities for the kids and a best ramp dish cook off. More info.

24th Annual Uniquely West Virginia Wine and Food Festival, Berkeley Springs: This “one-day taste bud-stimulator” will be held downtown from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ice House. Glascock’s Orchards plans on having bushels of aromatic ramps on hand. Chef Scott from the Country Inn returns doing cooking/tasting demonstrations at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. so visitors can get an idea what to do with ramps. More info.

Mason Dixon Historical Park Ramp Dinner, Core: The annual ramp dinner is served buffet style and all ages are welcome. Twelve food vendors will offer a variety of dishes to sample including ramp wine, ramp butter, ramp burgers, and beer battered fried ramps. Admission and parking is free. More info.

April 29

Ninth Annual Ramps and Rail Festival, Elkins: Come on out to the Elkins Depot welcome center. Visitors can try different ramp-themed foods, listen to live music, enjoy craft vendors and vote for their favorites. Food vendors will offer a variety of ramp-themed foods such as ramp burgers, ramperoni rolls, ramp chili and ramp risotto. Rides will be available on The Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad. More info.

Ramp and Rhubarb Gourmet Dinner, Weston: This gourmet dinner is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the West Virginia Glass Museum on Main Avenue. Chef Geoff Kraus will prepare the evening meal. Cost is $35 per person and proceeds will benefit the Riverfront Farmers Market. Reserve tickets are available by calling City Hall at 304-269-6141 or the museum at 304-269-5006.

Helvetia Ramp Dinner, Helvetia: It is held in the Community Hall. Volunteers prepare more than 60 bushels of ramps, 300 pounds of ham, 60 pounds of beans, 480 pounds of potatoes and 200 pounds of cabbage. Supper is from 2 p.m. until the food is gone. There’s also a dance from 8-11 p.m. with music by the Helvetia Star Band. More info.

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