The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership has organized Picklesburgh, an event for the “pickle fanatic” or the “pickle curious.” Come to the Rachel Carson Bridge from 3-10 p.m. on Friday, July 17, or 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on Saturday, July 18, for a variety of pickle-inspired activities and foods. Picklesburgh is expected to become an annual event.
Marking the occasion will be a 35-foot Heinz pickle balloon created by the same team who makes balloons for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It is believed that the giant pickle will be featured in plenty of selfies over the weekend!
Over 40 vendors will fill the Rachel Carson Bridge. Handcrafted food and cocktails from local restaurants and chefs featuring pickled ingredients and ethnic foods that show the diversity of the pickling process will be showcased. Corned beef, sauerkraut pierogies, chow-chow, sauerbraten, and pickled beets, eggs, and dilly beans are among the many cultural dishes that will be available.
Snacks like dill flavored popcorn, pickle flavored ice cream, and deep fried pickles can also be found among the vendors.
Besides the many foods and drinks, the festival will have live entertainment provided by BNY Mellon, and Whole Foods Market will have a demo area where chefs, authors, and other experts can show the process of pickling and canning a number of different foods.
Event memorabilia, pickle-themed gifts, and DIY products and cookbooks will be available for purchase if you would like a souvenir of your weekend spent in pickle-mania!
About the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership
The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP) develops programs and initiatives to enhance Downtown Pittsburgh, and promotes the neighborhood as a leading location for business, living, dining, shopping and entertainment.
The PDP aims to transform Downtown Pittsburgh into an essential part of the region by keeping the neighborhood clean, safe, and lively by bringing different events to the area.
The PDP works with government agencies, businesses, neighborhood associations, and other groups with similar goals to focus on the economic development, transportation, marketing and advocacy of the area.