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Release Date: Tuesday, July 7th 2015


60 competitors will vie for pickle juice drinking title and $500


Downtown Picklesburgh, PA – Do you have a bottomless stomach, competitive spirit and love of pickles? Then you could be $500 richer! Or perhaps you have perfected the perfect pickle recipe, or inherited a special family recipe. If so Picklesburgh is looking for you!

Picklesburgh is a culinary celebration, brought to Downtown Pittsburgh by H.J. Heinz Company, 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 that embrace the farm-to-table movement and the rising popularity of DIY canning; a selection of artisan cocktails, many featuring pickled ingredients; fun pickle themed merchandise, live music and more. Held on the Rachel Carson Bridge (9th Street) on Friday, July 17 from 3:00 – 10:00 p.m. and Saturday, July 18 from 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., more information about Picklesburgh can be found at

Pickle Juice Drinking Contest

Think you’ve got what it takes to come out on top in the Pickle Juice Drinking Contest? Contestants will vie in six preliminary rounds, with winners receiving a prize package before moving on to compete for the honor and glory of being crowned the 2015 Official Pickle Juice Drinking Champion of Picklesburgh (and $500)! The preliminary rounds will occur on Saturday afternoon, July 18, with the final, fast-paced round occurring at 6:30 p.m. Saturday evening. To participate in the contest (and for rules and regulations), visit to complete the registration form. Entry is first come, first accepted until all slots are full!

Homemade Pickling Contest

With the increased popularity in home pickling, we know there are some amazing jars of delicious pickled fruits, veggies and condiments in pantries throughout the region. We are on a mission to find out who makes the best pickled cucumbers and the best other pickled produce! The Pickling Contest will feature two categories: “The Best Pickle in Picklesburgh” which highlights the best pickled cucumbers; and the “I Can Pickle That” category which features everything else - from pickled fruits, other veggies, condiments and more (just no meat, please!). All entries must feature a H.J. Heinz Company product in their recipe such as their white or cider vinegar. Contestants must pre-register online at and drop off submissions on Friday, July 17 at the onset of the festival. The first 25 entries in each category will be accepted. A panel of distinguished judges including chefs and food writers will evaluate the entries with winners to be announced on Saturday, July 18 at 6:30 p.m. Visitors to Picklesburgh will be able to peruse the contest submissions at the event and winning recipes will be shared on the Picklesburgh website.

Picklesburgh will have something for all taste buds (even those adverse to pickles), with more than 40 vendors including those offering handcrafted ready to eat foods from local chefs and restaurants, many of whom pride themselves on house-cured pickled ingredients; traditional ethnic foods that incorporate pickling such as corned beef, sauerbraten, chow-chow, sauerkraut pierogis, and dilly beans; pickle flavored ice cream and deep-fried pickles; and international foods that utilize traditional pickling methods such as kimchi, chutney and pickled ginger. 

Picklesburgh will also feature two days of live, local entertainment on the BNY Mellon stage. The full list of artists will be released later this week. Additionally at the Whole Foods Market Demonstration Area, budding home picklers can pick up tips and recipes to begin their home pickling odyssey. And no Pittsburgher will want to miss the giant Heinz Pickle Balloon that will be floating above the bridge throughout the festival!

Behind the scenes, Picklesburgh is being made possible by the generous support of Future POS, the festival’s official point of sale system. This award-winning hometown tech company is headquartered in Butler PA and is the nation’s fifth largest provider of point-of-sale solutions for hospitality, installed in over 15,000 restaurants in 5 countries around the world.

Additional support for Picklesburgh is provided by KDKA-TV, The CW, BOB-FM, and Q92.9.

Picklesburgh is brought to you by The Pittsburgh Picklesburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP), a non-profit organization that develops and implements innovative programs and initiatives to enhance the Downtown neighborhood, including some of Pittsburgh’s most successful and imaginative events such as Light Up Night, the Market Square Farmers Market, Downtown Rooftop Shindigs, Urban Suppers, and the Peoples Gas Holiday Market.

About the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership

Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP) is a dynamic, nonprofit organization comprised of business and community leaders, property owners, civic organizations, foundations and residents who provide energy, vision and advocacy for Downtown Pittsburgh. Working collaboratively with its partners, the PDP strives to create a positive Downtown experience for residents, workers and visitors alike. The PDP’s strategic initiatives include clean and safe services, transportation, and economic development and advocacy. For more information, visit, follow us on Twitter at and “like” us on Facebook.

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