Join Discovery Center & Deep Creek Lake State Park Volunteers on April 30, from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM(ish) for the 19th Ramp Cook-Off, and our first since 2019!
Ramps, members of the lily family, are a kind of wild leek known for their sweet taste and knock-you-down odor. Because they grow for only a few weeks each spring, ramps have come to symbolize the end of winter in Appalachia. And because they grow in only a few mountainous states, they are the focal point of much local pride and tradition.
Enter as a cook with your best ramp dish, or just come by to taste all the different ways to prepare ramps. Rumor has it that ramp ice cream may make a return appearance!
If you do not have your own secret ramp patch, we will provide ramps for cooks entering the cook-off. Call the Discovery Center at 301-387-7067 to request ramps. They will be available for pickup Thursday or Friday before the event.
Judging will take place at 11:00 AM, and tasting by the public will begin at about 11:30 AM. A panel of local judges and one audience volunteer will determine the winner based on creativity, ramp flavor, and presentation.
There is no cost to enter or attend, though a donation to the Volunteer group would be greatly appreciated!
Retired Ranger Caroline Blizzard shared her ramp story for The Mountain Traditions Project back in 2019. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcoN9ATGiLs