Next Saturday, May 5, the Ramp Fest returns for its second year at Basilica Hudson. The ramp, known for its garlicky odor and oniony taste, is an early spring vegetable associated with myth and mystery in the folklore of the central Appalachian Mountains. It is believed to be a potent tonic to purge the many ailments of winter--spiritual, we would imagine, as well as physical. For an admission fee of $20 ($10 for children 10 and under), attendees are invited to "indulge in the weird and wonderful veggie and sample all the ramp dishes they can stand." There will be a cash bar selling potables to pair with the ramps.
Participating restaurants are: from Hudson, Swoon Kitchenbar, DA|BA, Loaf, Cafe Le Perche, and Truck Pizza; from New York City, Fatty Crab and Fatty 'Cue, Sfoglia, Cookshop, and Hundred Acres; from elsewhere around here, Another Fork in the Road in Milan, The Farmer's Wife in Ancramdale, The Red Onion in Woodstock, Panzur in Tivoli, and Miss Lucy's Kitchen in Saugerties.
The Ramp Fest begins at noon and goes on until 4 p.m. To buy tickets in advance, go to rampfesthudson.com.