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Release Date: Tuesday, July 12th 2016



Downtown Picklesburgh, PA – At this weekend’s Picklesburgh, presented by Heinz, Pittsburgh’s culinary creativity will be on display and ready for you to sample away! Sweet (and sour and dill) gastronomic mastery will overtake Downtown Friday and Saturday on the Rachel Carson Bridge from noon – 10:00 p.m. Featuring more than 40 high-quality vendors including local restaurants, bakeries, small batch pickle producers, artists, and crafters there is something for everyone…even those who aren’t too sweet on pickles.

Of course the really big dill will be the Heinz booth which will be featuring samples of pickles (including new flavors!), Heinz merchandise for purchase, sampling of shrubs made with Heinz products, photo opportunities with Heinz characters, and giveaways of the much-collected Heinz pickle pins.

“Last year, the number one suggestion we heard was MORE pickles with MORE variety,” said Jeremy Waldrup, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. “This year we really worked with our vendors to up their pickle provisions and I don’t think they’ve let us down. We have an incredible variety of creative food offerings that we can’t wait to share.”

Prepared foods offer international flair and culinary creativity
With restaurants and chefs participating from across Downtown Pittsburgh and the region, as well as farm and pickle product producers, the variety and creativity of pickled dishes is sure to offer something for anyone. Menu highlights include:

  • Tako will present namesake tacos incorporating house-cured pickled ingredients as well as serving up seviche with marinated whitefish and pickled watermelon
  • Meat & Potatoes will pile on their specialty pulled pork or smoked sausage sandwiches with a smorgasbord of house-cured pickled toppings
  • Braddocks Brasserie’s signature Ban Mi sandwiches will include a variety of homemade pickled toppings including Vietnamese slaw, IPA Chow Chow, and more
  • Sienna Mercato will offer up house-made Italian hoagies with pickled peppers
  • Market Street Grocery will scoop out dill pickle ice cream, ginger ice cream with pickled ginger chunks, pickled strawberry sorbet, cream cheese ice cream with capers and salmon, and lemon jalapeno ice cream all from Family Farms Creamery
  • Meadows Casino will feature a variety of sandwiches with unique pickled toppings including spicy pickled mustard, pickled daikon slaw, deep fried house pickled vegetables, and pickled green tomatoes
  • BRGR will have Peter’s Pickled Pepper Burger with thick-cut salami, pepper jack cheese, house pickled bell peppers, banana peppers, pickle chips, and chipotle aioli; they will also have sides of fried pickles and coleslaw made with pickled vegetables
  • The Pickled Chef will serve up gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches with house-cured pickled ingredients
  • Spirit will be making fresh pizza with an assortment of pickled vegetable toppings as well as pickled mozzarella, and corned beef topping (which is pickled meat, after all!)
  • Gosia’s Pierogies will dish out variety of pickle-fusion and traditional pierogies including kimchi & potato, pickle & potato and sauerkraut pierogies
  • Fabulous Homemade Cookies will bake up butterscotch pretzel pickle cookies, pickle bacon molasses cookies peanut butter pickle cookies, traditional sauerkraut brownies and cornbread muffins with spicy pickled vegetables,
  • I’Dill Pickles will showcase the Piggle – a bacon-wrapped, fried pickle
  • Le’s Oriental will return with their surprisingly addictive egg rolls with pickles and pickled kim chi
  • LaScolas will feature a lemon basil dill Italian ice

Pickled Cocktails to wet your whistle
Several vendors have concocted unique libations capitalizing on pickled ingredients and garnishes. Although beer will be available throughout the festival the not-to-be-missed cocktails will be available daily beginning at 4:30 p.m. and include:

  • Sienna Mercato’s Mezzo featuring a pickled fruit sangria and a Pimm’s Cup with a pickled garnish
  • Spirit has the following drinks to offer: a Pickle Back, pickled carrot gin and juice, and a Boyd and Blair Gibson pickled onion martini
  • Butcher and the Rye will feature cocktails made with homemade shrubs including house-made pickled cherry shrubs

Pickle Purveyors provide opportunities to take home a taste of Picklesburgh
If a jar of bread and butter or the perfect kosher dill pickle are what you are hoping to score at Picklesburgh, you won’t be disappointed. Many restaurants and vendors will offer jars of their chef-cured pickled products, veggies, relishes, and jams. Vendors include Bylers Relish House, The Pittsburgh Pickle Company, Randy’s Pickles, The Pickled Chef, Bruce Julian’s Pickled Veggies, and Portagallo Pickled Peppers.

Want to show the world your love of pickles?
Picklesburgh will also feature fun merchandise from artists and crafters with unique pickle-themed items. These vendors include:

  • Official Picklesburgh Merchandise will include “I’m a Big Dill” and “Workin For a Gherkin” t-shirts and baby onesies, Picklesburgh hats and a smaller scale mylar version of the event’s signature centerpiece 35-foot giant flying pickle balloon
  • Lina Bags featuring cell Phone bags and coin bags made from "pickle-themed" fabrics and pickle-shaped key chains. There are 6 pickle themed fabrics this year!
  • Blissed Out Design will have pickle-themed drink coasters and handcrafted wooden pickle ornaments
  • Just My Art, bringing hand-made pickle art and pickle-themed jewelry
  • Miki Palchick Ceramics has wheel-thrown, high-fired ceramic fermentation crocks, mason jar pickle weights, pickle dish serving sets, and spoon rests

Pickle Curious? Learn how to do it in the privacy of your own home
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Demo area will feature two days of demonstrations teaching people home pickling techniques, recipes, and even cocktails. Demos are being presented by local chefs, farmers, and pickling experts. Demonstrations will include: Kimchi, Pickled Stone Fruit and Buffalo Mozzarella Naan Flatbread, Pickled Strawberry Sundae Sauce, Pickled Shrimp, Cocktail Shrubs, Umami Burger Pickle, Pickled Peaches, Pickled Zucchini, Pickled Jalapenos, Pickled Red Onions, and more! Many of the demonstrations will feature Heinz products, as well.

Produced by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and presented by Heinz, Picklesburgh is a culinary celebration that goes beyond the dill pickle to include international dishes and handcrafted foods from local chefs that house-cure pickled vegetables; informative how-to demonstrations, at the Post-Gazette Demo area, that embrace the farm-to-table movement and the rising popularity of DIY canning; fun pickle themed merchandise, the BNY Mellon Stage filled with two days of live, local entertainment, a pickle juice drinking contest, and a “Li’l Gherkins” area with free activities. The event will be Friday, July 15 and Saturday July 16, with expanded hours from noon – 10:00 p.m. on both days. Craft beer will be available all during the Festival and, beginning at 5:00p.m., several restaurants will offer a selection of artisan cocktails, many featuring pickled ingredients. More information about Picklesburgh can be found at Picklesburgh is possible with the support of event sponsors: Heinz, BNY Mellon, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, KDKA-TV, The CW, Q-92 FM, BOB FM, Giant Eagle and Green Mountain Energy.
Picklesburgh is brought to you by The Pittsburgh Picklesburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP), a non-profit organization that develops and implements innovative programs, economic development initiatives, and provides transportation advocacy to enhance the Downtown neighborhood. Events include some of Pittsburgh’s most successful and imaginative events such as Light Up Night, the Market Square Farmers Market, Downtown Rooftop Shindigs, Yoga in the Square, and the Peoples Gas Holiday Market.

About the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership
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