Published On June 23, 2014 | By Madeline Weiss | Food & Drink

feastival pittsburgh eventsFor many of us, at least half of the appeal of outdoor summer festivals is the food to enjoy while attending. Sitting at a picnic table in the sun and sharing various treats and meals with friends and family is undeniably appealing. A few smart cookies know what’s up, so in 2013 they planned the pop-up event FEASTival to give us all what we really want–delicious, local eats.

Back for the second year in a row, FEASTival is forging a spot in Pittsburghers’ minds as a much admired budding tradition. That spot is well deserved, and the menu looks delicious and detailed. We can look forward to a growing list of vendors. They’re rolling in beloved local food trucks like the Mac and Gold Truck, the Miss Meatball Truck, Street Foods, and Pgh Crepes. They’re popping up some other favorites, too, like the Pittsburgh Pie Guy. Whatever you have a hankering for, your needs will surely be met.

Even though the focus is food, they’ve organized activities suitable for all ages so you can let your sugar rush run its course or burn the extra calories. Venture Outdoors has you covered with a rock climbing wall, biking obstacle courses, and geocaching. If you end up in a food coma, Thunderbird Cafe put together a list of awesome musicians for you to enjoy. The Style Truck, a mobile boutique, even has your back if you feel like doing some shopping. FEASTival really covers all the bases to ensure that everyone leaves satisfied.

Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 11.51.49 AMIt’s for a good cause, too. The McKees Rocks Community Development Corp got this all together to showcase local businesses in the McKees Rocks downtown business district. They wanted to promote the progress made by business owners and community members in a historic Pittsburgh neighborhood. They’ve organized tours of the Roxian Theater, a landmark venue currently under renovation, as well as walking tours of the borough’s Arts and Business district. McKees Rocks has roots of steel–literally. In the early 20th century, the area was a busy neighborhood for our famous, ancestral steel workers. In fact, it’s the home of the 1909 McKees Rocks Strike, in which five thousand Pressed Steel Car employees went on strike for roughly two months.

The community is strong and it always has been, making McKees Rocks a major factor in Pittsburgh’s historic prosperity and unique culture. FEASTival is the perfect chance to enjoy everything local–food, businesses, artists, and history. Check it out on June 28 from 12-7PM in the Mckees Rocks business district, and come hungry.

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