Have you been jonesing for some dill pickle ice cream? Missing those potato and pickle pierogis? Fancy a cocktail crafted from a pickled spirit?
New for 2019, the festival footprint will double in size to better accommodate the large, enthusiastic crowds that come to experience all things pickled. In addition to the Roberto Clemente Bridge, the festival will extend to the riverside lanes of Ft. Duquesne Boulevard between Stanwix and 7th Streets. The festival expansion is intended to allow for larger vendor spaces, easier access to the diverse range of products and many free samples.
“We are looking forward to welcoming Pittsburghers and visitors from far and wide as we transform Downtown Pittsburgh into Picklesburgh,” said Jeremy Waldrup, President
Vendor applications are currently available. Creative, ready-to-eat, pickle menu items are encouraged, along with vendors of a wide variety of pickled and fermented products. Creative pickle-themed merchandise is also encouraged.
Competitive types who are interested in competing in the highly popular, and hotly contested, pickle juice drinking contest should register for PDP’s newsletter at the bottom of this page to be alerted to when registration will open closer to the event. The contest tends to fill quickly with the grand prize winner receiving a $500 grand prize and bragging rights as this year’s Mayor of Picklesburgh, presented by Pittsburgh Pickle Co.
Launched in 2015, Picklesburgh has attracted national and international attention with coverage that has included the Today Show, Good Morning America, Fox News, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Travel+Leisure, and dozens of local TV stations across the country. The State of Pennsylvania featured the event in the 2019 Pennsylvania State Tourism Guide as a signature event for the state. And, it’s even received global attention including 2018 coverage in a UK foodie magazine spotlighting it as one of the most interesting food festivals around the world, just as British Airways has recently begun direct service between Pittsburgh and London.
Sponsorship opportunities are still available, and inquiries can be directed to Russell Howard, VP of Development and Special Events.