Food Festival Dedicated to.... Pickles? It's This Weekend!

Best Specialty Food Festival in U.S. takes over downtown Pittsburgh this weekend.

Would you like to savor some dill pickle ice cream? Sip on award-winning Eau de Pickle rye, or Almost Famous Pickle Beer? Chow down on potato and pickle pierogis? Or maybe you think you can drink everyone under the table in a pickle juice drinking contest?

Take a selfie with the 35' Heinz pickle balloon.

You can do all of those and much more at Picklesburgh, the annual celebration of all things pickled , which returns to downtown Pittsburgh for three days Friday July 26 through Sunday, July 28. This year's free festival will double in size to accommodate the crowds that are sure to come out to experience the #1 Specialty Food Festival in the U.S. as voted by readers of USAToday.

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"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.

Hmmm. The Pickle Pizzelle. At least you can choose your icing, peanut butter or vanilla.

The event will be held on the city's Roberto Clemente Bridge over the Monongahela River, and spread out to the river side lanes of Ft. Duquesne Boulevard. 60 vendors will offer plenty of pickled products to sample and dill-icious pickle-ingredient dishes to try. There will be pickling demonstrations, and continuous live music starting at noon each day ( click here for the full line up ).

The winner of the pickle juice drinking contest gets the mantle "Mayor of Picklesburgh" and a $500 prize.

Also back is one of the highlights: the hotly contested pickle juice drinking competition where the person who can drink a quart of pickle juice the fastest wins a $500 prize and bragging rights as the Mayor of Picklesburgh. Click here to register , and move fast because some of the qualifying rounds are already full.

Kraft Heinz will give away free, special edition, golden pickle pins to celebrate 150 years of this hometown company. The pin, an iconic symbol of the company that was founded in Pittsburgh in 1869, has been a keepsake and collector's item since the 1893 Chicago's World's Fair, and continues to be a sought-after souvenir. Pittsburgh's historic Klavon's Ice Cream will also be on hand offering free pickle-flavored ice cream bites on Saturday, July 27, while supplies last.

Even Pittsburgh's Magee Women's Hospital is relishing (their word, not ours!) the opportunity to dress up their newborns like pickles!

(Images: Picklesburgh Facebook page )

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