Picklesburgh Festival Makes its Pittsburgh Debut

Published On June 30, 2015 | By Alison Hosko | Food & Drink
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Whether you’re one of the many Americans that consumes nine pounds of pickles per year, or just curious about how to incorporate them into meals more often, the first annual Picklesburgh festival is where you’ll want to be. From July 17-18, turn your tongue green with a variety of pickle flavors and dishes that venture well beyond your average, everyday Dill pickle. And with a gigantic, custom-built pickle balloon positioned right above the festivities, you’ll be sure not to miss it.

The festival will include a multitude of international dishes, handcrafted food items from local chefs (including those who house-cure their own pickled vegetables), and informative How-To demonstrations with farm-to-table produce and DIY canning. Thirsty yet? Make sure to taste the artisan cocktails with a pickled twist, as many are crafted with pickled ingredients.

Once you’re done grubbing, browse the pickle-themed merchandise; check out live performances; and for those with a competitive spirit, join the pickle juice drinking contest.bigdill

“We believe Pittsburghers will relish this new festival,” said Jeremy Waldrup, President and CEO of the Picklesburgh Downtown Partnership, the organization planning Picklesburgh. “We are so pleased to be partnering with some of Pittsburgh’s most iconic businesses to celebrate Downtown, and of course, pickles.”

The fest will be a perfect fit for the ‘Burgh, as well, because our city’s got deep roots when it comes to pickle history. Commercial production dates back to the nineteenth century, and the H.J. Heinz factory has been a Pittsburgh staple for decades. And who better to host the event other than Heinz, as pickles are an important part of the company’s long-standing heritage (think the iconic pickle pin and their association with pickling).


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“Heinz is thrilled to help bring this inaugural Pittsburgh event to life,” said Joe Giallanella, Brand Manager for the H.J. Heinz Company. “We are excited to share Heinz pickles, vinegar, and other favorite Heinz varieties with visitors.”

For those of you who aren’t into pickles, or just want to try a different take on the typical pickle, more than 40 vendors will be onsite to offer up a wide array of food options. No matter what you enjoy, Picklesburgh will surely have something to tickle your taste buds — try homemade, ready-to-eat foods from local chefs and restaurants, traditional ethnic foods, pickle-infused snack foods (like Dill-flavored popcorn and sauerkraut pierogis), and international foods that are traditionally pickled, such as chutney.

Picklesburgh kicks off on Friday, July 17 from 3-10PM, and Saturday, July 18 from 11AM-10PM on the Rachel Carson Bridge. Admission is free, and all are welcome to attend. For more information, check out the Picklesburgh webpage.

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