Double the dill: Picklesburgh food festival to expand |

Double the dill: Picklesburgh food festival to expand

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
A Flyspace Productions crew sets up the Picklesburgh balloon, which is about 35-feet long, on the Rachel Carson Bridge on Thursday, July 14, 2016. The two-day pickle festival begins at noon on Friday.

Fresh off national accolades, organizers of Pittsburgh’s award-winning Picklesburgh announced Tuesday the festival will double in size this summer.

The festival used to pack the the Roberto Clemente Bridge. Now, there’s more: In addition to the bridge, the pickle celebration festival will extend to the riverside lanes of Fort Duquesne Blvd., between Stanwix and 7th Streets.

”The festival expansion is intended to allow for larger vendor spaces, easier access to the diverse range of products and many free samples,” the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership said in a news release.

Picklesburgh runs from July 26-28.

“We are looking forward to welcoming Pittsburghers and visitors from far and wide as we transform Downtown Pittsburgh into Picklesburgh,” said Jeremy Waldrup, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, the organization that produces Picklesburgh. “We have been hard at work on the design of the new festival footprint to ensure the event continues to be a success and an enjoyable experience for all who attend.”

Last month, Picklesburgh was chosen as the No. 1 best specialty food festival in America in a USA Today reader poll.

Pittsburghers played a significant role by voting daily to ensure that the event beat out competition from cities such as Miami, Houston, Louisville and Baltimore.

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact JoAnne at 412-320-7889, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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