A one-day celebration of a spring plant that doesn't linger a heckuva lot longer than that is set for this Saturday at The Basilica in Hudson, Columbia County. It's Ramp Fest Hudson, the annual salute to the tender green shoots so beloved of chefs, foodies and vegetarians alike.
Ramps (Allium tricoccum) -- also are known as spring onions, ramson, wild leeks, wood leeks and wild garlic-- are an early-spring vegetable with a garlic-like odor and a pronounced onion flavor. They are found across much of the eastern U.S. and Quebec as well as in certain parts of the South.
At Ramp Fest, chefs from the host city as well as throughout the Hudson Valley, New York City and the Berkshires will be offering visitors a variety of dishes featuring ramps as their signature ingredient.
Admission to Ramp Fest is limited to the first 1,000 people. Live entertainment and a cash bar will be available. Tickets are available online at $30 in advance, $35 at the door, or $10 in either instance for children under 12. The Basilica is located at 110 South Front Street, near the Amtrak station. Participating food providers will include:
FROM HUDSON: Swoon Kitchenbar, Bonfiglio & Bread, Ca' Mea, Helsinki Hudson. FROM ELSEWHERE IN NEW YORK: Another Fork in the Road, Milan; The Farm on Adderley, Brooklyn; Fresh Company, Garrison; Gigi Hudson Valley, Rhinebeck; The Heath and Gallow Green at The McKittrick Hotel, Manhattan; Charles F. Lucas Confectionery & Wine Bar, Troy; Market St. Restaurant, Rhinebeck; Mary's Fish Camp, Brooklyn; Cucina, Woodstock; Speedy Romeo, Brooklyn. FROM MASSACHUSETTS: John Andrews Farmhouse Restaurant, South Egremont; Route 7 Grill, Great Barrington.