What to expect: Details on the return of the Beloved Pickle Fest in Pittsburgh
PIttsburgh’s first pickle festival returns for its sixth year after the pandemic pushed the festivities break in 2020.
This year, Picklesburgh will be held on the Andy Warhol Bridge, just one block from his former home on the Roberto Clemente Bridge. To reduce congestion on the bridge itself and to allow for more seating and space, all ready meals and aperitif time cocktails will be set up along Fort Duquesne Boulevard between Stanwix and 9th Street .
Fort Duquesne Boulevard will also host the main stage of the First National Bank, the larger of the two performance venues for live music and entertainment. Another, more intimate stage will be located at the north end of the Andy Warhol Bridge.
Presented by Kraft Heinz and produced by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, the festival’s popularity has exploded since its inaugural event in 2015, receiving national and international acclaim for its uniqueness and absurdity; It recently won a second consecutive victory as America’s Best Food Festival and was also recognized as a Commonwealth “Signature Event” by the Pennsylvania Tourist Board.
“We are delighted to partner with the PDP to sponsor the annual Picklesburgh Festival in Pittsburgh this year again,” said Steve cornell, President of Kraft Heinz – Enhancers, Specialty and Away from Home Business Unit, in a press release. “Heinz and the pickles are synonymous with Pittsburgh and we couldn’t be prouder of the rich history of our business in the city and of this incredible event – it’s kind of big dill.”
As always, Picklesburgh will present a wide range of culinary delights based on pickles local chefs, farmers and gatherers from across the region – and far beyond too; Wigle Whiskey will be back with its award-winning Eau de Pickle alcohol specially crafted for the festival. Pittsburgh Pickle Co., the area’s largest local pickle maker, will sell Briney Mary Bloody Mary Mix, Picklexir pickle juice, hot sauces and t-shirts.
The popular pickle juice drinking contest is also back. As part of the contest, guests can also enter to win a grand prize of $ 500 and the title of Mayor of Picklesburgh. Competitors will face off in preliminaries on Friday and Saturday, culminating in a championship final on Sunday. Registration will be available soon on the event website. There will also be a limited number of registration opportunities in Picklesburgh.
Admission is free, and although attendees 21 or older will need wristbands to purchase alcohol, they will be available for free at various locations throughout the festival with proper identification. (Cocktails will only be available after 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and after 1 p.m. on Sunday.) The festival itself will run from noon to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Although Picklesburgh is an open-air outdoor festival, organizers have recommended that attendees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. For those who have been vaccinated, masks are optional. But for the unvaccinated, face coverings are essential.
Festival organizers will continue to monitor health and safety guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the Allegheny County Department of Health to stay on top of social distancing, mandates masking and restrictions related to the pandemic. Requirements can be changed as needed to ensure public safety.