Cosby Tennessee Ramp Festival

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2005/03/24 17:50:28 (permalink)

Cosby Tennessee Ramp Festival

Not too far from Gatlinburg, TN is Cosby, TN which is the former moonshining capital of the USA. The have a festival coming up that some of you may be interested in. They celebrate the arrival of ramps. Ramps are something kin to onions, leaks and or garlic. They taste wonderful but they leave you with a gift. It is extremely best if your partner or traveling buddy consumes the same. The festival is famous for its menu of ramps and eggs or ramps and BBQ. It is a beautiful area located in the shadows of the Smokey Mountains and probably not more than a hours drive to Erwin, TN to the Backwoods BBQ

http://www.cosbyrampfestival.org/

Paul E. Smith
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    UncleVic
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    RE: Cosby Tennessee Ramp Festival 2005/03/24 22:24:16 (permalink)
    Darn... Thought you where going to announce a Moonshine Festival...

    Seen Emeril use Ramps in a recipe today... I was happy to be able to explain what they where from reading these forums! (not that I would eat them)...
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    lamertz
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    RE: Cosby Tennessee Ramp Festival 2005/03/24 23:23:05 (permalink)
    As they say in them thar hills----Ramps is good
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    RE: Cosby Tennessee Ramp Festival 2005/03/25 09:37:16 (permalink)
    I'm gonna get me some, and eat 'em just before the town meeting. It sounds like a good way to get some elbow room.
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    RE: Cosby Tennessee Ramp Festival 2005/03/25 10:46:52 (permalink)
    mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm ramps.........t'aint nuttin' bettah in the early spring. Fried with taters, blistered ovah a charcoal far, or jest mixed up with dandelion greens....I'll be headin' up to the woods above my house after easter to harvest me some of them lilies of the woods.
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    RE: Cosby Tennessee Ramp Festival 2005/03/25 11:28:15 (permalink)
    You hillbillies are just strange. Ramps are vile, nasty & foul tasting & smelling things. Give me a sweet Vidalia any day!

    MikeS.
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    Sundancer7
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    RE: Cosby Tennessee Ramp Festival 2005/03/25 11:55:45 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by MikeSh

    You hillbillies are just strange. Ramps are vile, nasty & foul tasting & smelling things. Give me a sweet Vidalia any day!

    MikeS.


    Mike, us poor hillbillies just pick the low hanging fruit

    Actually at the ramp festival, they are cooked with eggs and BBQ and they smell great while they are cooking. My grandfather use to cook them with the native morels that popped up during the early spring. Goes real well with a nice slug of white lightning

    Unfortunately they will stay with you for a day or to

    Paul E. Smith
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    Michael Hoffman
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    RE: Cosby Tennessee Ramp Festival 2005/03/25 12:09:25 (permalink)
    Those who are unappreciative of the wonderous ramp are to be pitied. A ramp a day keeps the doctor away, and it'll do the same for evil spirits. Ramps sauteed in olive oil with garlic, salt and pepper make for the perfect accompaniment to a steak and fried potatoes. They're also good with pasta. Long live the ramp. And may the Richwood, West Virginia Ramp Festival continue forever in memory of that great leader of the Cherry River Navy, Admiral Jim Comstock.
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    carlton pierre
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    RE: Cosby Tennessee Ramp Festival 2005/03/25 12:51:29 (permalink)
    quote:
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    Darn... Thought you where going to announce a Moonshine Festival...



    There's a moonshine festival every year in Dawsonville, GA
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    tmiles
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    RE: Cosby Tennessee Ramp Festival 2005/05/04 09:47:12 (permalink)
    I never knew about ramps untill I saw this. In today's paper there was an AP story about the growing popularity of ramps. Too many are being picked. On public land you can only pick half of what you find. (does that mean that the next guy can pick half of what you left?). As one gov't ranger said, if the ramps are all picked, that is the end of future ramp festivals.
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    TJ Jackson
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    RE: Cosby Tennessee Ramp Festival 2005/05/04 10:11:21 (permalink)
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    Ramps....taste wonderful but they leave you with a gift.

    I love gifts. This sounds a lot like Christmas! Is the gift wrapped or unwrapped? If I don't like the gift, can I exchange it for cash or store credit at the store? Is it customary to accompany the gift with a card? Mother's day is this weekend, can I give this gift to my wife, mom, and mother-in-law, and will they appreciate it?
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    Nemis
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    RE: Cosby Tennessee Ramp Festival 2005/05/04 10:52:29 (permalink)
    Right now these "Ramps" are quite the trend on many NYC menus.
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    RE: Cosby Tennessee Ramp Festival 2005/05/04 11:00:10 (permalink)
    Cherokees will tell you stories about being sent home from school when the teacher detected ramp breath.

    Fred Sauceman
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    tiki
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    RE: Cosby Tennessee Ramp Festival 2005/05/04 11:17:37 (permalink)
    Mr Hoffman---and Redtressed---try this with any good red meat---i like it esp with venison


    Ramp casserole!!
    This casserole is a perfect side dish for red meat. Try serving it for Easter dinner with a leg of lamb. The cheese, butter, and cream moderate the flavor of the ramps, mellowing them just a bit for a great vegetable dish that everyone will enjoy.

    Ingredients:

    * 8 medium bunches ramps, diced into 1-inch pieces
    * 2 minced garlic cloves
    * 3 tablespoons butter (unsalted)
    * ¼ cup heavy cream
    * ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
    * 1-tablespoon olive oil
    * 2 cups fresh breadcrumbs

    Preparation:

    In a skillet, cook the ramps and garlic in butter over moderate heat until they're tender. This should take about 20 minutes. Stir in the cream and ¼ cup of Parmesan and transfer to a baking dish.

    In the same skillet, heat the oil over medium high heat until it is hot but not yet smoking. Sauté the breadcrumbs, stirring constantly until they reach a golden brown color. This should take about 3 minutes.

    Transfer the breadcrumbs to a bowl and allow them to cool. Add the remaining Parmesan cheese and season with salt and pepper.

    Top the casserole with the breadcrumb mixture and bake, uncovered, in a 350-degree oven, for about 20 minutes. This should serve 6 to 8 people.
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    RE: Cosby Tennessee Ramp Festival 2005/05/04 17:31:26 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by MikeSh

    You hillbillies are just strange. Ramps are vile, nasty & foul tasting & smelling things. Give me a sweet Vidalia any day!

    MikeS.



    But... butt...butttt I aint no hillbilly and I is alrady sweet enough, dahlin !!!!
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    RE: Cosby Tennessee Ramp Festival 2005/05/04 17:34:07 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by tmiles

    I never knew about ramps untill I saw this. In today's paper there was an AP story about the growing popularity of ramps. Too many are being picked. On public land you can only pick half of what you find. (does that mean that the next guy can pick half of what you left?). As one gov't ranger said, if the ramps are all picked, that is the end of future ramp festivals.


    Do you ave the url for the article?

    I have been writing about them for years on my groups. but never had the pleasure of tasting them yet. They are on my lifetime "to eat" list, just like others have "to do" lists.
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    Sundancer7
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    RE: Cosby Tennessee Ramp Festival 2005/05/04 19:13:20 (permalink)
    The festival was just this past weekend.

    They are having a problem with to much ramps being harvested and are now charging $0.50 a pound for picking in the national park.

    http://www.cosbyrampfestival.org/

    Paul E. Smith
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    seafarer john
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    RE: Cosby Tennessee Ramp Festival 2005/05/14 13:37:55 (permalink)
    For what it's worth, an upscale restaurant, Minas, in the Village of Red Hook, Dutchess County, NY is featuring RAMPS on its menu this spring. What surprised me is that the ramps are local, being supplied to the restaurant by Rock hill Farm in nearby Rock Hill - I didn't know that ramps grew in this part of the US.

    Cheers, John
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    RE: Cosby Tennessee Ramp Festival 2005/05/14 16:41:16 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by seafarer john

    For what it's worth, an upscale restaurant, Minas, in the Village of Red Hook, Dutchess County, NY is featuring RAMPS on its menu this spring. What surprised me is that the ramps are local, being supplied to the restaurant by Rock hill Farm in nearby Rock Hill - I didn't know that ramps grew in this part of the US.

    Cheers, John


    John: Did you try them?

    If so, I have heard that you can smell your partner several days post?

    Paul E. Smith
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    RE: Cosby Tennessee Ramp Festival 2005/05/14 21:36:39 (permalink)
    Sorry, no, I haven't been there yet- maybe next week...

    Cheers, John
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    RE: Cosby Tennessee Ramp Festival 2005/05/24 18:39:46 (permalink)
    Is it true that one of the rules of the festival is that all ramps must be cooked downwind?
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    RE: Cosby Tennessee Ramp Festival 2006/04/16 10:48:24 (permalink)
    Tennessee isn't the only place promoting ramps these days. Today our paper had a major article about RampFest 2006 which was held the last Sunday in March near Fairbury, IL, about 70 miles east of Peoria. Marty Travis, owner of Spence Farm, claims, "Our ramps are first of the season for the entire nation, even before the Southern states." The article is posted on the Peoria Journal Star website at http://www.pjstar.com/stories/041606/HEA_B9GHITQP.027.shtml
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    Sundancer7
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    RE: Cosby Tennessee Ramp Festival 2014/04/09 12:40:54 (permalink)
    Roz and I will be attending the festival on 5/4/14.  I seriously doubt Roz will try them but I sure will.  I know Roz will not do ramp and eggs as she cannot stand eggs.  If I cook them during the day while she is at work, she lights all kinds of candle to fumigate the home.  They also have BBQ and ramps.  Looking forward to the event.
     
    Paul E. Smith
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    Michael Hoffman
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    RE: Cosby Tennessee Ramp Festival 2014/04/09 12:54:07 (permalink)
    I envy you for those ramps you'll be eating. I love 'em.
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    RE: Cosby Tennessee Ramp Festival 2014/04/09 13:09:33 (permalink)
    Used to pick ramps and fiddleheads when I lived in Michigan.  Love both!
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    RE: Cosby Tennessee Ramp Festival 2014/04/09 16:09:45 (permalink)
    Fred Sauceman is trying to help some local source.  The ramps will certainly be available at the festival.
     
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