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If the thought of the fall semester’s upcoming work drifts into a pickle, you might as well have a few of them.
The Picklesburgh End-of-Summer Food Festival Downtown has it all. And if pickles aren’t your thing, there are plenty of other iconic food festivals in town this fall.
This is your ultimate guide to Pittsburgh’s fall food festivals. After all, there’s no better way to celebrate the start of our first classroom semester in more than a year than eating like there’s no tomorrow. You can try Italian food without venturing too far from campus, or you can deepen your understanding of the Pittsburgh food scene by trying a good old-fashioned pierogi.
Pittsburgh Mac and Cheese Festival
Ah, mac and cheese, the ultimate college student comfort meal. This festival offers endless options for America’s cheesiest appetizer, with over 30 types of mac and cheese for diners to try.
The Pittsburgh Mac and Cheese Festival takes place on September 18 at Sandcastle Water Park in Homestead, which is just a 40-minute bus ride from campus. Starting at $ 20 for an entry ticket, guests can purchase three types of tickets to the festival – entry, standing, or VIP. General admission includes 10 meal tickets and a large drink, but children under 12 have free entry to the festival.
All guests are invited to enjoy live music and vote for vendors they believe make the best mac and cheese in Pittsburgh. The festivities start at 11:30 a.m. and last until 9:00 p.m. If you’re ready to take that classic microwave dinner to the next level, the Pittsburgh Mac and Cheese Festival is for you.
A soulful taste of the burgh
Are you looking for fun ways to support black-owned small businesses? Always hungry? A Soulful Taste of the Burgh returns to Marketplace on Labor Day Weekend to celebrate Pittsburgh’s Black Wall Street. This festival is a stone’s throw from campus and everyone should take this opportunity to enjoy downtown Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh’s black heritage From September 2nd to 5th, every day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., black companies celebrate the history of black entrepreneurship through food, live music and guest speakers.
Little Italy days
In the past year, more than a few students had plans to go abroad that failed. Little Italy Days gives us the chance to fly to Italy by simply walking to Bloomfield on Liberty Avenue from August 19th to 22nd. Not only will you immerse yourself in Italian culture through the food, but you will also experience more than 30 Italian music performances during the four days of the festival.
Entry to the festival is free and varied Parking facilities are available if required. The festival organizes a Boccia Tournament – an Italian game similar to grass ball – on the weekend of the festival. In addition, the Little Italy Days host the competition for the title Miss Little Italy. So, enjoy some Italian goodies while enjoying a range of entertainment options to celebrate Italian heritage and the end of summer.
Pittsburgh Pierogi Fest
To celebrate the Polish treasure of pierogi, head to Kennywood Park in West Homewood on September 26 for a day of pierogi. Tickets for the festival are $ 26.99 for adults when purchased online and $ 29.99 at the door. Guests can enjoy food from nearly 30 local vendors from 1pm to 6pm, in addition to free parking and some iconic Kennywood rides.
The Pittsburgh Pierogi Festival also has a beer garden for guests over 21 and a pop-up market with Pittsburgh and Pierogi merchandise. Plus, there is a better way to connect with friends than to join one Pierogi pinching competition?
Last but not least, late summer is the season for Pittsburgh’s ultimate cucumber mania, Picklesburgh. Picklesburgh is celebrating its fifth year of celebrations August 20-22 on the Andy Warhol Bridge in downtown. A short bus ride from campus will take you to this festival, which is free for all guests.
Here you can enjoy the limitless possibilities of pickles to your heart’s content, as the vendors at this festival use the Heinz Pickles for pretty much every international dish or cocktail you can imagine. The options here are limitless – guests can even register for a cucumber juice drinking contest.