Following in the footsteps of the duck, the centerpiece of Picklesburgh will be a 35-foot Heinz pickle balloon, surely prompting a new torrent of selfies this summer. Beyond pickles and pickle-inspired snacks from more than 40 vendors, Picklesburgh will also feature cocktails with pickled ingredients, pickling demonstrations and live music.
Pickles have long been an “iconic Pittsburgh food,” said Waldrup. If you need proof, just think of the classic Heinz pickle pin or the city’s beloved sauerkraut pierogi. The annual free festival, sponsored by Heinz, Whole Foods and BNY Mellon (among others), hopes to use that iconic food to draw crowds from Pittsburgh and beyond. So mark your calendars and get ready to celebrate Pittsburgh, summer, and some dill-lightful pickles.