24th Annual Uniquely West Virginia
Wine and Food Festival
Saturday, April 22, 2017
RAMPS, WINE STAR IN BERKELEY SPRINGS
24th annual UNIQUELY WEST VIRGINIA WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL:
Selected by USA Today as West Virginia’s spring food festival.
BERKELEY SPRINGS, WV – Tasting vintages from state wineries may give the event its name but as usual the most popular item are ramps both raw and prepared. The one-day tastebud-stimulator event is scheduled for 10am to 4pm on Saturday, April 22 at the Ice House in downtown Berkeley Springs. The show offers a free opportunity for the public to sample and buy dozens of state-grown products as well as meet the faces behind these products.
Glascock’s Orchards plans on having bushels of aromatic West Virginia ramps on hand. Chef Scott from the Country Inn returns doing cooking/tasting demonstrations at 11:30am and 12:30pm so visitors can get a notion of what to do with those ramps. Tari’s Café is offering Ramp Bisque, Ramp and Pepperoni Rolls and Trout Croquettes at the Festival. There are also abundant ramp dishes on the weekend menus at The Country Inn, Lot 12 and Tari’s Café for folks who want more.
A half dozen West Virginia wineries are making an appearance, each with a special spin on the ancient art of winemaking.
Vintages for tasting range from true Italian concord to light white Riesling. “The winemakers all have a story to tell as you sample their wines,” said Laura Smith, Administrator of Travel Berkeley Springs which produces the event. Smith considers the chance to taste and buy rare state wines as the major draw for regulars. “People buy their favorites by the case.”
Saturday at 7pm, Highlawn Inn stages its annual dinner with winemaster Wilson Ward of Fishers Ridge.
Other food producers offer honey, confections and a variety of dips and sauces.
In the art realm, local quilts are the major attraction. Friday, April 21 at 7:30pm is the “white glove” gala opening of the annual Delectable Mountains Quilt Guild at the Ice House where hundreds of quilts and quilted items hang through May 28. Gallery hours are 11am to 5pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Shopping along the historic streets is always festival mode. Stop by Berkeley Springs Memories for a weekendlong tasting of West Virginia apple butter, jams and jellies. On Saturday and Sunday, Heath Studio Galleries is serving WV wines while you look at the art. Jules Enchanting Gifts and Collectibles welcomes Elaine Clark of Mountain Momma Photography on Saturday with her West Virginia images on a variety of products. Mountain Laurel Gallery offers a discount on all Handmade in West Virginia items and Berkeley Springs Books discounts all WV books and those written by state authors. Berkeley Springs Brewing Company has WV musicians performing Saturday 7-9pm and is offering a pint and appetizer combo all weekend. On Sunday, the Farmers Market in the square from 10am to 2pm continues the opportunity for exceptional local produce.
The Ice House, site of the weekend’s events is located on Independence and Mercer just a block from the famed warm springs in the heart of town. Travel Berkeley Springs produces Uniquely West Virginia. Support for Uniquely West Virginia comes from the Division of Culture and History Fairs and Festivals program. For a free Celebration Guide with all the details on both festival vendors and related activities throughout the county call 800-447-8797 or check online at www.berkeleysprings.com.
2017 UNIQUELY WEST VIRGINIA VENDORS
CASCARELLIS OLD COUNTRY WINE-Salem-John Cascarelli 304-782-2768
FISHER RIDGE WINE CO.-Charleston- Wilson Ward
FORKS OF CHEAT – Morgantown – Jerry & Susan Deal 304-599-8660
POTOMAC HIGHLAND WINERY – Keyser – Charles Whitehill 304-788-3066
WEST-WHITEHILL WINERY LTD. – Moorefield – Joe Worzala 304-738-9208
WINETREE VINEYARDS – Vienna – Craig & Candice Bandy 304-865-0507 New York style wines.
WEST VIRGINIA PRODUCTS
APPALACHIAN DIP- Buckhannon • J. R. Bailey • 304-472-0046 Chip or cheese dip: Salt, sugar and MSG free
GLASCOCK’S PRODUCE – Berkeley Springs – Mark & Laura Glascock – 304-258-1431
HEALTHBERRY FARM-Dryfork-304-227-4414 Honey, beeswax products
TARI’S CAFE-Berkeley Springs-304-258-1196 Ramp bisque, ramp pepperoni rolls, trout croquettes.
STEPPING STONES TO A BRIGHTER FUTURE-Berkeley Springs-Non profit-Sandwiches, baked goods.