Here’s everything you need to know about Picklesburgh 2022 – WPXI


PITTSBURGH – We knew Picklesburgh would be back this year, but now we know all the details – and they’re a big dill!

The Downtown Pittsburgh Partnership says this year’s festival will feature more space, more vendors, and more pickle-themed dishes!

The event, which takes place only in Pittsburgh, has twice been named the 1 best food festival in America.

“Picklesburgh is something we look forward to every year, and we’re excited to introduce an expanded footprint that enhances the overall experience and offerings for attendees. We want to give everyone more space to browse, enjoy delicious food, live local music and really relish the energy of this Pittsburgh-only event,” said Jeremy Waldrup, PDP President and CEO. “If you’re a pickle aficionado or just your dill debut, this year’s Picklesburgh will have something for you!”

Here’s everything you need to know if you’re planning on heading downtown for the festival:

  • Friday July 15 and Saturday July 16, from noon to 10 p.m.
  • Sunday July 17 from noon to 6 p.m.

This year it will be on the Rachel Carson Bridge (9th Street) and by the river on the 10th Street Bypass, where most of the food vendors will be.

Some pickle-themed dishes you can expect this year include bacon and cheese stuffed pickles, kimchi grilled cheese, pickle swirl fudge, pickle pierogies, pickle lemonade, popsicles with chocolate covered pickles, marinated strawberry shrimp ceviche and even pickle cupcakes, donuts and ice cream.

Many participating restaurants will also serve creative craft cocktails, including Pickle Paloma, PickleBerry Mule, Vodka Cucumber Refreshers and Pickle Rita, beginning with a happy hour at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon on Sunday.

You’ll also be able to walk away with pickle merchandise, including free Heinz Pickle Pins!

Click HERE for a full list of providers

There will be two performance venues: the EZ Pass Main Stage located at one end of the 10th Street Bypass and the more intimate Pittsburgh Pirates Bridge Stage at the north end of the Rachel Carson Bridge.

Stages will be lined up throughout the festival with a wide range of genres and local favorites including Sierra Sellers, Nash.V.Ill, Big Blitz, Justin Fabus, Miss Freddye’s Blues Band, Pickup Line and many more.

Here’s something the kids can savor! For select pickle-themed creative arts and crafts, “Li’l Gherkins Kidsplay” will be open until 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. There will be free coloring pages and kids can decorate their own pickle necklace or puppet to take home.

Get cracking! Registration for the annual Pickle Juice Drinking contest opened at noon on Wednesday. The competition takes place during the three days of the festival from July 15 to July 17. The winner will take home $500 in grand prize money and be crowned the new mayor of Picklesburgh.

If you are interested, the organizers invite you to register quickly as slots are limited and tend to fill up quickly.

You can register here on the Picklesburg website

There will be a “Pickles and Giggles Comedy Showcase” at the Byham Theater at 8 p.m. on July 14!

Click here for more information.

For those who can’t wait for Picklesburg, you can preview pickle preparations at a “Taste of Picklesburgh” in downtown Pittsburgh. More than 15 downtown restaurants will be offering a creative array of pickle-themed food and beverages from Friday, July 8 through Thursday, July 14, just before Picklesburgh’s Opening Day. Participating locations will also be giving away free Heinz Pickle Pins with purchase, while supplies last. Restaurants will offer pickle-themed food and drinks, like pickle pizza, pickle-stuffed pierogies, Picklesburgh grilled cheese, kisir (a traditional pickle salad), pickle-themed cocktails and more Again. Select restaurants will also exclusively serve limited-edition pickle beer from Southern Tier Brewing, made specifically for Picklesburgh.

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