Our Pittsburgh Pierogi Fest Picks + Ticket Giveaway
You’re sitting at PNC park, enjoying a game of baseball. Before you know it, it’s the end of the fifth inning and Buccos fans of all ages are screaming just as loudly as they had been since the start. You see four different mascots decked out in various accessories, standing at a starting line. The Jumbo Screen in the outfield reads: “PIRATES PIEROGI RACE.”
The mascots start running, earning louder cheers of encouragement from the fans, and little kids are all screaming for their favorite characters: Sauerkraut Saul, Cheese Chester, Jalapeno Hannah and Oliver Onion. Everyone watches in anticipation as they make their run, and the competition is neck and neck. Then Jalapeno Hannah rushes across the finish line, waving her green purse in the air to celebrate her victory.
By this race alone, it is evident that pierogies are a city staple. Typically stuffed with potatoes or cheese and folded into semi-circles, these little dumplings have made their way into the hearts and mouths of Pittsburghers everywhere. Pirates Pierogie Race sponsor Mrs. T’s makes over half a billion pierogies a year–that’s around 13 million per week with 14 different flavors to boot.
The city’s resonance to family dishes soon brought about Pittsburgh’s Pierogi Fest–an afternoon full of entertainment, fun, and traditional foods featuring five entertainers, 17 sponsors, and 22 different vendors.
Check out a few of our top picks at this year’s Pierogi Fest below:
Cop Out Pierogies
Etna, Pa’s Cop Out Pierogies is a People’s Choice winner and popular pierogi stop amongst Pittsburgh foodies. Cop Out owner Carl Funtal grew up watching his mother make homemade pierogies and they quickly became his go-to comfort food. In honor of his Polish, Russian, Czech and Austrian descent, Cop Out offers multiple pierogi flavors, and they can create any type of filling upon request.
Pgh Taco Truck
Maybe the words “Taco Truck” don’t come to mind when you think about Pierogies, but the PGH Taco Truck is hoping to change that. The winner of the Number One Food Truck (2013-2015) in Pittsburgh Magazine Reader’s Poll is lending its expertise to this year’s Pierogi Fest, where a special pierogi-inspired taco will be available.
Reid’s Fresh Express
Also returning to this year’s festival is Reid’s Fresh Express. This food truck mainly focuses on sandwiches, salads, soup and side dishes for people on the move. This year, their little green school-bus-turned-food-truck will be bringing back their Pittsburgh Pierogi Soup, as well as their German Pierogi Salad.
Pittsburgh Pierogi Truck
And of course, it wouldn’t be a Pittsburgh pierogi festival if the Pittsburgh Pierogi Truck didn’t make an appearance. This is the only food truck in our city that specializes in Eastern European food like stuffed cabbage, haluski, desserts and, of course, pierogies. Additionally, they’ll have nine unique flavors of frozen pierogies available to take home.
Pittsburgh Pierogie Fest will be held on Sept. 19 at Stage AE from 1-6PM, and tickets are still available online. Additionally, we’re giving away two sets of tickets to two lucky winners; you can enter to win them here: