Amped for Ramps at the Polk County Ramp Tramp Festival

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Polk County Ramp Tramp Festival

Photo credit: Robert G. Paxton

For over 60 years, Polk County has welcomed spring with a celebration of one of the season’s most overlooked vegetables – the ramp. Also known as wild leeks, ramps grow wild in the Appalachians for a short time in the spring. Their flavor is often described as sharp and pungent, like a mix between onions and garlic.

The Polk County Ramp Tramp Festival goes all the way back to 1958, when 4-Hers “tramped” up Big Frog Mountain for a spring hike and a meal made with ramps. Today, the tradition lives on in Reliance, Tennessee, where hundreds of festivalgoers gather to enjoy bluegrass and gospel music, crafts and a traditional meal made with ramps, fried eggs, streaked meat, fried potatoes, white beans and cornbread.

This year’s festival takes place April 24-25 at 4-H Camp McCroy, and all festival proceeds benefit the Polk County 4-H Camp.

For more information, visit or call (423) 338-4503.

See more: What is a Ramp?

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