Every summer, Heinz hosts and sponsors the most Pittsburgh of all Pittsburgh festivals. Held on the Roberto Clemente Bridge by PNC Park, Picklesburgh is a three day celebration of all things pickled! It sounds odd, but this much-anticipated event draws thousands of people to enjoy food, pickles, live music, pickles, views… and more pickles. From pickle-themed cocktails to pickle flavored cupcakes (not my thing, but hey to each their own!), Picklesburgh is an event you’ve gotta check off your summer bucket list. And the best part? It’s totally free to check out! If you’re not exactly a fan of pickles, it’s still a worthwhile experience. Plus, a lot of the vendors usually have something on the menu that’s pickle-free.
The fest kicks off on Friday afternoon and wraps up on Sunday evening, so whether you’re just stopping by for lunch or making an evening of it there’s plenty of time to get your pickle fix. Major festival bonus points: There’s a beer tent and lots of vendors pouring up specialty cocktails. Saturday night plans = Done. And any good event wouldn’t be complete without a photo opp so make sure you snap a pic in front of the giant floating pickle balloon above the bridge. #Yinzer
My Picklesburgh food faves: I’m a huge fan of fried pickles anytime, anywhere and BRGR’s fried pickles with fresh ranch is TO DIE FOR. You also have to give the homemade dill pickle pierogies from Gosia’s a shot. They’re delicious! Scope out the Picklesburgh website before you head out to see what food vendors are in the lineup. I’m a total nerd, but I like to see my options ahead of time so I don’t jump on the first thing I see.
Heads up! The festival is isolated to the bridge so it can get pretty crowded. If you’re not one for crowds, scope it out during the day rather than at night. I also don’t recommend going to this event “hangry” because there’s usually a bit of wait in the food lines. When it comes to parking, your best bet is a garage on the edge of downtown or over the bridge in North Shore.