Celebrate all things buckwheat at the Preston County Buckwheat Festival!
September 30, 2021 | Kingwood, WV
The 80th Preston County Buckwheat Festival kicks off Thursday, September 30 at 9 a.m. and goes through Sunday, October 3, 2021. So, mark your calendars. This festival is filled with family-friendly fun and activities!
The Buckwheat Festival activities include
- a parade,
- arts and crafts,
- a car show,
- a pageant,
- and of course, those delicious Buckwheat Cake dinners served all weekend long.
So just what is buckwheat?
This hugely popular seed is an ancient grain with a long and storied history. Eaten by Asian, Eastern European (called kasha), and North African populations (Ethiopian Injera bread, for example) for centuries, this non-cereal pseudo-grain has amazing health benefits. It is gluten-free and filled with nutrients. And, it is high in fiber and rich in trace minerals. And, it contains manganese, magnesium, copper, and B vitamins. Technically, it is a fruit seed related to sorrel and rhubarb. So, even though it is not a true grain, it can be cooked like one and used as an alternative to couscous, rice, bulgur wheat, and pasta.
It can also be used to make pancakes and flatbreads.
Buckwheat history in Preston County
During the Great Depression, Preston County Farmers grew buckwheat as a so-called “insurance crop” that farmers hoped would stimulate economic growth. The end-of-harvest celebrations have become what is the Buckwheat Festival” of today.
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