The second annual Ramp Up Peninsula festival kicks off at 11 a.m. Saturday and will run until 5 p.m.
The ramp-centric event pays homage to the flavorful, pungent wild leek that is native to North America and can easily be found growing in Peninsula and around the Cuyahoga Valley.
The event will be on the grounds of Brandy Wine Bar at Par 3, Brandywine Country Club, 5555 Akron-Peninsula Road, Boston Township.
This year promises 20 food vendors and more music performances, said organizer Diane Seskes, vice president of the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. She and her partner, Donald Carroll, were inspired to create the local rampalooza after visiting ramp fests elsewhere that have grown in popularity along with the interest in wild edibles.
Vendors will sell all manner of food featuring ramps, including candies, soup, tarts, pierogis, hot dogs (with ramp relish). The bar will serve Bloody Stinkin’ Marys, adorned with a ramp stalk. Art vendors will be on hand, and cooking demonstrations and guided walks are planned.
Admission is $3 at the gate for anyone age 12 and older. Visit www.explorepeninsula.com/ramp-up-peninsula for more information.
Free shuttle service will be available between Brandywine Country Club and designated event parking sites. The shuttle stop will be at the southwest corner of Route 303 and Riverview Road.