The rules of spring are set in stone: pray that the groundhog sees his shadow to ensure an expedited arrival of warm weather. Don’t dare to sport white clothing before Memorial Day. But the season isn’t officially in full swing until the first sighting of ramps. There is perhaps no vegetable that is more synonymous with a time of year than the mythical, mysterious spring leek. Naturally, with its popularity skyrocketing and its appearances on seasonal menus widespread, ramps are getting their own festival.
Promising “pungent and therapeutic pleasure,” the fourth annual Ramp Fest will take place on Saturday, May 3 in Hudson, New York. No fewer than 20 chefs (including Food Republic favorite Zak Pelaccio of Fish & Game and the crew from NYC hotspot The Heath) will be on hand to create a variety of original dishes… all starring everyone’s favorite OMG spring veggie. Live music and drinks are included in the price of admission. Tickets for the festival at Basilica Hudson – which runs from noon to 4 p.m. – are available online for $30 ($10 for children). Hurry up and get them. Ramps are known to bring out a tough crowd of scalpers.
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