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:
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 ramps, both raw and prepared, are the most popular item. 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 Produce plans on having bushels of aromatic West Virginia ramps on hand as well as jams, jellies and early spring produce. The Country Inn’s chef, Scott Collinash is doing cooking demos at 11:30am and 1:30pm. Tari’s Café is offering Ramp Bisque and Ramp and Pepperoni Rolls at the Festival. Lot 12 is serving ramp items including the popular ramp hushpuppies. 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 biscuits and ramp quiche with hash brown crust at their location.
A half dozen West Virginia wineries are making an appearance, each with a special spin on the ancient art of winemaking. Newcomer this year is Rusty Nail from Martinsburg with unique varieties of red, white and fruit wines including strawberry. 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.” Other food producers at the festival offer honey and baked goods.
Saturday at 7:30pm, the Country Inn is presenting “All Grassed Up,” a favorite local bluegrass band.
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 weekend long tasting of West Virginia apple butter, jams and jellies. Inspired Chaos is doing 20% off all West Virginia merchandise, including Simply Southern tees. Country Traditions has West Virginia wall art on sale 10% off. Jules Enchanting Gifts and Collectables offers 20% off all of West Virginia State of Mine products, wine glasses, shot glasses, mugs and more. Berkeley Springs State Park gift shop is also offering 20% off their items. Marley Max has “Wild and Wonderful” available, a Limited Edition scent in a special container. On Sunday, the Farmers Market in the square from 10am to 2pm continues the opportunity for exceptional local produce.
Spas are Berkeley Springs’ most unique product based on the historic warm springs water. RNR Spa invites visitors to sample their facials, massage and body wrap services by offering $5 off this weekend.
On the lodging front, Berkeley Springs Cottage Rentals has a unique value, offering 15% off a two or more night stay for the weekend.
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
DANIEL VINEYARDS -Beckley- Richard Daniel 304-252-9750
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
GLASCOCK’S PRODUCE – Berkeley Springs – Mark & Laura Glascock – 304-258-1431
HEALTHBERRY FARM-Dryfork-304-227-4414 Honey, beeswax products
JACK VEARA- Berkeley Springs-304-258-0981- 100% Pure maple syrup, maple candy.
LOT 12-Berkeley Springs, 304-258-6264
TARI’S CAFE-Berkeley Springs-304-258-1196 Wild ramp bisque, wild ramp pepperoni rolls.
STEPPING STONES TO A BRIGHTER FUTURE-Berkeley Springs-Non profit-baked goods.