26th Annual Uniquely West Virginia
Wine and Food Festival
Saturday, April 13, 2019
RAMPS, WINE STAR IN BERKELEY SPRINGS
26th annual UNIQUELY WEST VIRGINIA WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL:
RAMPS, WINE STAR IN BERKELEY SPRINGS
Selected in 2017 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 13 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. The Country Inn’s chef, Scott Collinash is doing cooking demos at 11:30am and 1:30pm. Tari’s Café is offering Ramp Bisque, Ramp and Pepperoni Rolls and Trout Croquettes at the Festival. Lot 12 is also serving lunch at the show that feature ramp items. For folks who want more, there are abundant ramp dishes on the weekend menus at The Country Inn, Lot 12 and Tari’s Café. The Fairfax Coffee House is baking ramp quiche with has brown crust.
Nearly 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.” You can even sip WV wines at Heath Studio Galleries Saturday and Sunday while looking at the art.
Saturday at 7pm, Highlawn Inn stages its annual dinner with winemaster Wilson Ward of Fishers Ridge. The Country Inn is offering local moonshine flights all weekend and presenting “All Grassed Up,” a favorite local bluegrass band.
Other food producers at the festival offer honey, confections and a variety of dips and sauces.
In the art realm, local quilts are the major attraction. The annual Delectable Mountains Quilt Show and Sale is on display at the Ice House where hundreds of quilts and quilted items hang through May 26. 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 Jules Enchanting Gifts and Collectibles sets up Sad Sheep Buttons outside the store on Saturday making their sassy and fun product. Creekside Creamery re opens for the season with ice cream and 25% off on all store merchandise. On Sunday, the Farmers Market in the square from 10am to 2pm continues the opportunity for exceptional local produce.
On the lodging front, Cabin by O’Brien is offering a third night for $50 if you stay for two.
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.
2019 UNIQUELY WEST VIRGINIA VENDORS
COX FAMILY WINERY-Martinsburg-Michael Cox 304-839-8342
FISHER RIDGE WINE CO.-Charleston- Wilson Ward
POTOMAC HIGHLAND WINERY – Keyser – Charles Whitehill 304-788-3066
THE RUSTY NAIL – Martinsburg – Michael & Shelly Crate 304-263-6656
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
LOT 12-Berkeley Springs, 304-258-6264
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-baked goods.