Monday, April 28, 2014

The Ramp Festival

 We finally arrived at the ramp festival. The first booth was selling Colombian street food called cachapas which are like cornmeal pancakes.  You could get them with any of the above selections and, of course, topped with ramps.

 This place was making Philly cheese steaks with ramps.

 He showed us his prepared ramp stash.

 The meat is browned over a grill and then the ramps are mixed in. They were excellent.

 Ramp risotto.

 The end of the tracks literally ended right in town.

 The train tracks leading into town and the train station to the left.
 Appalachian musicians.

 They preformed traditional Appalachian dances which was very interesting because The Blog Tech spent lots of time talking to them and they were all from Seattle.  The local college had recruited them.

 Click to enlarge. There were lots of ramp soups offered at this fair.

 Two of the cooks.
 Battered fried ramps served with ramp sauce.

This booth was selling ramp hamburgers.  They mixed chopped ramps with the ground meat and then grilled them.  They were very good.
 Ramp salsa.

 And then the train rolled in.

 The train was pulling passenger cars as far as you could see.  It was taking passengers on a scenic tour of the area.  Tickets were sold out!  That's how many people this event attracted.  It was such a fun day.

13 comments:

Nellie said...

This looks like such fun! There was a Ramp Festival near here for a number of years, but I haven't heard of it recently.

Patty Woodland said...

Glad you had so much fun!

Laurie M said...

what a great day, I love that train, and my gosh, who knew one could do so much with ramps, I wish my Mum could have saw this, every spring my Dad would bring in baskets of them but they were only made into soup, we were missing out!

Megs said...

What a great festival!

Guillaume said...

We had a gourganes festival at home (broad beans festival), your ramp festival reminds me of this. If the blueberry is the fruit of Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean, the broad bean is its vegetable, predominantly featured in the broad beans soup.

thecottagebythecranelaketwo said...

Yes these foods look more like somnething I would love to have ramp in :-)

I have a soft spot for trains and I do like that one :-)Your trains always look as if they were so strong they could break the sound barrier. They might be weak as a weasel but they do look so cool :-)

Have a great day!
Christer.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

How funny that all the Appalachian dancers came from Seattle!

Cuisine de Provence said...

I would have loved to go there - looks like so much fun and delicious, too!

Mary Ann said...

O my gosh, I would have gone just to see the train!

TARYTERRE said...

You get to see and participate in the neatest events. Looks like a good time was had by all. And the food sounds delicious.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

The Philly Cheese steaks made my mouth water! They looked fantastic!
I am imagining ramps are something akin to green onions. Are they?
That was some train...and it was sold out!! Whoa!! :) You sound like you and Brandon had a great time. :)

Kay said...

Gosh! I've never heard of ramps, but it all looks so delicious. What a wonderful celebration.

chickpea678 said...

Gosh, were you guys just exuding ramp by the end of day? I've only had a nibble of fresh ramp on a wild edibles walk. It was pungent but I loved it bc I love garlic!