Ramps — otherwise known as wild leeks — are highly valued for their strong onion flavor, garlicky aroma, and brief blooming season. Plus, they make a mighty fine addition to lots of different dishes. Thus was born Ramp Fest: a one-day celebration of this potent plant that marks the arrival of spring.
On May 2 from noon to 4 p.m., head to Hudson to indulge in a variety of delicious dishes — all starring the ravishing ramp — created by more than a dozen top Hudson Valley and New York City chefs. (Scroll down: we highlight some of these dishes at the bottom of this story.)
Representing Hudson are Zak Pelaccio of Fish & Game, Jeff Gimmel (Swoon Kitchenbar), and John McCarthy (The Crimson Sparrow); other notable participants include Marc Propper (Miss Lucy’s Kitchen in Saugerties) and Job Yacubian (The Farmer’s Wife in Ancramdale) — view the full list of participating chefs (and what they’re cooking) below, as well as at the event’s Web site. Enjoy live music and a cash bar, too.
Live music and savory samples highlight the annual event
This year’s event is sponsored by Camphill Village, Chatham Brewery, Glynwood Green Mountain Energy, Hawthorne Valley Farm, and Saratoga Spring Water. It’s the fifth year, so who knows — it may soon start rivaling the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival on the other side of the river!
Ramp Fest Hudson
When: Saturday, May 2, 2015, 12-4 p.m.
Where: The Basilica Hudson, 110 S. Front St., Hudson
Cost: $30 in advance, $35 at the door, $10 children under 12
Details: 518-822-1050; www.rampfesthudson.com
Ramp Fest returns to Basilica Hudson this year
Here are some of the featured ramp dishes at this year’s festival: