Ramps are most well known and highly celebrated in West Virginia, the state of the union where ramps grow, well, rampant.
Locals love their ramps and hold festivals in adulation of the veggie every spring. A notable festival is held in Richwood, West Virginia and is sponsored by the National Ramp Association. Yes, there is more than one NRA! In Richwood, ramp aficionados from across the country gather to sample and evaluate the season’s first bounty. The Cosby Ramp Festival began in 1954 and once hosted over 30,000 people. In Cosby, they crown a young woman the “Maid of Ramps” each year. I’d most like to attend the fete titled, “Stinkfest” in Bradford, Pennsylvania. Ramps notoriously carry a pungent odor which inspired Bradford’s citizens to hold Stinkfest Outhouse Races, where teams rig outhouses with wheels, decorate and propel them down roads at high speeds in the name of an onion. Food festivals like these, although quirky, serve as a fantastic way to explore local, fresh and seasonal foods; ramp festivals will be occurring through mid-May.