What’s New in Berkeley Springs April 16-22, 2018

When you come to Berkeley Spring, you recognize how beautiful West Virginia is and why it’s consider “Almost Heaven.”  This weekend when you come and experience the 25th annual Uniquely West Virginia Wine and Food Festival, you recognize how tasty state products are.

The Saturday-only tastebud-stimulator event is scheduled for 10am to 4pm 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.

Tasting vintages from state wineries may give the event its name but as usual the most popular item are local ramps both raw and prepared.  This year, there is a cosmic merging of two iconic WV edibles as Taris’ Cafe offers ramp pepperoni rolls at the Festival.  Lot 12 is also offering prepared gourmet food featuring ramps.  The Country Inn’s chef, Scott Collinash does food demos at 11:30am and 1:30pm and there’s also tasting involved.

Glascock’s Produce plans on having bushels of aromatic West Virginia ramps on hand.  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 and the Fairfax Coffee House is  offering ramp quiche with hash brown crust.

Nearly 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.  For in depth wine tasting, get a reservation for Highlawn Inn’s WV Winemaster’s dinner at 7pm on Saturday.

Other food producers at the festival offer honey, confections and a variety of dips and sauces.

The fun starts on Friday night at Lot 12 when they debut their new spring menu for dinner guests and at 6pm have a wine tasting event  featuring “Porch Sipping Wines”.   On Saturday night it’s the West Virginia music “All Grassed Up” live bluegrass @ the Country Inn from 8-11pm and all weekend long, the Inn is serving up flights of local Moonshine.  The other nightlife this weekend is at the Star Theatre where “Red Sparrow” is showing on the big screen and the popcorn is another state treasure.  In fact, the Star is part of the WV Historic Theater Trail.  Naked Olive is a hot spot for late night adult beverage tastes and small plates.

Shopping along the historic streets is in festival mode all weekend long with a long let of Uniquely West Virginia specials. The Ice House is filled with fabulous quilts with the annual Delectable Mountain Quilt show and sale, this year called “Color Crazy” open Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11am-5pm.  Also notice the 50 yard square quilts hanging in windows and businesses all around town.

Stop by Berkeley Springs Memories for tastings 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. On Saturday, Jules Enchanting Gifts and Collectibles presents Sad Sheep Buttons making on the street.  Creekside Creamery is opening for the season Friday 11am-5pm offering $1 Panorama Overlook posters as well as 25% off all store merchandise.

On Sunday, the Farmers Market in the square from 10am to 2pm continues the opportunity for exceptional local produce including ramps.

Our spas offer the most unique product of all — the healing Berkeley Springs waters in more than 55 different treatments.  The raw spring water is available 24/7 in Berkeley Springs State Park spring pools and channels perfect for toe dipping.

Cacapon State Park is a true West Virginia treasure and this weekend is particularly spectacular with flowering trees around every bend and even on the 18-hole golf course.  It’s also Earth Day on Sunday with a day filled with activities.  There’s an Earth Day Hike at 9:30am.  From 11am-3pm it’s a mini-festival with live music, cookout, kid’s activities, local community and state environmental conservation tables and a visit from special guest Smokey the Bear.  The impressive 18-hole golf course offers free use of clubs and driving range balls.

Although we are not”officially” celebrating redbud weekend — we could be.  The flashy magenta flowering tree is at its peak and lines roadside throughout the county so take a drive.  One fun way to see the county is with the self-guiding Washington Heritage Trail National Scenic Byway.  Make certain you stop at Panorama Overlook — the spectacular view is a wonder in spring.  If touring around George Washington’s favorite sites heightens your taste for history, visit the Museum of the Berkeley Springs open 11am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.  Berkeley Springs has an outsize history and the Museum is where you can see it all.

There are lodging specials this weekend.  At Cabin by O’Briens, stay two nights and get the third night for $50 plus tax. There are more than 100 choices in the town and county for you to rest your head ranging from historic inns and B&Bs to fully equipped vacation homes and rustic cabins.  Many are pet friendly.  Check the list to make your choice.

In 2017, USA Today selected Uniquely West Virginia as its choice spring food festival in the state.  Come to Berkeley Springs this weekend and taste the fun.

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