Pittsburgh's Picklesburgh is a Big Dill!
Though I reside in a little town called Mars, our "big city" is Pittsburgh. Just 30 minutes from Mars (hard to believe eh?!), Pittsburgh is really where all the "action" is.
This past weekend (July 28-29, 2017), one of Pittsburgh's 446 bridges (the Roberto Clemente or 6th Street Bridge) was closed down to automobile traffic and opened up for a dill-lightfully dill-licious celebration of all things pickle! Picklesburgh 2017.
So what to do at "life in between?" Why visit Picklesburgh of course!
Pittsburgh has a particularly popular pickle-loving history beginning almost 150 years ago when the H. J. Heinz Factory was built. I remember going on a Heinz factory tour as a grade school field trip and receiving one of the now iconic pickle pins. (My granddaughter now has one in her Grandma Memory Jar from our visit to Picklesburgh this past weekend.)
Picklesburgh celebrates EVERYthing pickled! You could find pickle-flavored sodas, pickle beer and moonshine, and pickle-flavored cocktails.
Dill-acacies included pierogies with pickles, pickled funnel cakes, pickle-flavored custard, and deep-fried, bacon-wrapped pickles on a stick. There were pickles and dip and grilled cheese sandwiches with pickles. There was pickle fudge and pickle peanut butter cookies.
There were pickle balloons – small and large – including a giant flying Heinz pickle balloon, custom built by a team that also crafts balloons for Disney and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.
There were pickling food demonstrations
And pickle samples from local farm-to-table shop small vendors like Epic Pickles
and the Pittsburgh Pickle Company,
where I bought one of each flavor!
And if you don't have one yet, who could live without a dill pickle talk-to-text Linabag?
It sure was a dill-leriously dill-lectable way to spend a Saturday afternoon!
Thanks Picklesburgh! Next year, I may just try that Pickle-flavored Italian Ice……
Cheers & Hugs,