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the 70th Annual 2011

Purchase Preston County Buckwheat Flour & Mix on-line

Recipe for Homemade Buckwheat Cakes


Thursday - Sunday
Sept 29 - Oct 2

Plan ahead for 2012:
71st Buckwheat Festival
Sept. 27 - Sep 30, 2012

Preston County Buckwheat Festival
Map & Schedule
Preston County Buckwheat Festival 2010 Premium Books 
70th Annual
  Sept 29
-Oct 2, 2011
Kingwood, WV
Schedule of Events
Sponsored by the Kingwood
Volunteer Fire Department
For more information call:
(304) 379-2203

Preston County folks remember,
Buckwheat Festival always starts
last Thursday in September.

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Section of Downtown
Kingwood, WV

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* Information Booth
Buy a chance on a 2006 Chevy Malibu
         & Arctic Cat 4 Wheeler
1 KVFD Community Building
1B KVFD Community Building Basement
1E Entertainment Tent
2 Concession Stand
3 Concession Tickets
4 Memorial North
4B Memorial North - Restrooms in Back
5 Cow Palace
6 Memorial South
7 Craig Civic Center
8 Carnival Midway
9 Central Preston Jr. High
10 Coronation Field
11 Kingwood Elementary
12 Commercial Tents
13 Preston High School (Map at Info Booth)
14 Preston Country Club (Map at Info Booth)
15 St. Sebastian's Catholic Church Parking Lot
(Map at Info Booth)
Spahr Street Shuttle Bus Loading & Unloading

Schedule of Events 

Rides open at 5:30 P.M.





Recipe for Preston County Raised Buckwheat Cakes
(Recipe makes 8-12 cakes)

In a large bowl, mix 1/2 cake household yeast (or 1 cake Fleishman's Yeast or 1 envelope dry yeast) and 1 teaspoon salt into one quart lukewarm water. Let stand a few minutes and then add 3 cups, or enough buckwheat flour to make a stiff batter. Cover and let stand overnight (or at least 4 or 5 hours)

When ready to bake the cakes, dissolve 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, and 2 teaspoons sugar in 1 cup hot water. Stir into batter, then add about 1 cup or enough warm water to make a thin batter. Bake on a hot griddle.

Save at least 1 cup of the batter for the next baking. (It will keep in the refrigerator for about a week) To renew, add 1 pint lukewarm water, 1/2 teaspoon salt and enough buckwheat flour to make a stiff batter. Cover and let stand overnight (or at least 4 - 5 hours)

When ready to bake the cakes....

2010 Schedule for Ready to Eat Buckwheat Cake Dinners
This list only shows the locations and times the webmaster has been told about.
There may be others
From the Kingwood VFD Community Building kitchens, all-you-can-eat Buckwheat Cake Dinners are served with Preston County produced whole hog sausage (two patties come with the dinner, but extra patties may be purchased), margarine, syrup, applesauce, and a choice of beverage.

Buckwheat Cake Dinners are served all over the County,
 not just at the Community Building in Kingwood:

Thurs Fri Sat Sun
Kingwood Community Building 2010        
Masontown United Methodist Church 2010

Grocery List
During each Buckwheat Festival, thousands of visitors flock to the KVFD Community Building
to feast on Preston County's famous  buckwheat cake and sausage dinners.
The record number of dinners served during a four-day Festival
at the KVFD alone is 16,129.
The "Grocery list" required to feed such a throng is truly mind-boggling.

The sausage is a totally Preston County product, except for the seasonings. 4-H and FFA project hogs are prepared at the Preston High School meat processing facility. Then, in the Community Building's pristine "Meat Room", this prime pork is cut up, twice ground, seasoned and pattied. For the above record year, 11,442 pounds of pork were made into 37,201 patties (5 patties per pound) to be served as part of the Community Building dinners. Used to season this sausage were 12 pounds of Jamaican ginger, 18 pounds of black pepper, 150 pounds of salt, and 288 pounds of brown sugar. Beside the sausage, some of the supplies ordered were 612 pounds of margarine, 4,944 (original order) half-pints of milk, 288 #10 cans of applesauce, 1,238 24-ounce bottles of syrup, 2 tons of buckwheat flour, and 50 pounds of yeast -- as well as 700 pounds of coffee to fill the bottomless cups.

In Festival supply annals, 1994 is remembered as the year of the milk run. An unprecedented 8,000 half-pints of milk were consumed and the demand remained. Those in charge of supplying the kitchens raided grocery  and convenience stores and rounded up 88 gallon jugs, [1,408 half-pints], leaving the general population of the town virtually milk-less during the weekend.

For additional information regarding the
 Preston County Buckwheat Festival
please contact:

(304) 379-2203 Darla Kuhn

Other Preston County Buckwheat Festival Pages on this Site:

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