Are You Ready for the Pittsburgh Pierogi Festival?

It’s a celebration of everyone’s favorite stuffed dumpling, coming soon to the South Shore Riverfront Park.

Kevin Sousa will be one of several chefs at the city's inaugural Pierogi Festival, held Oct. 26 in South Shore Riverfront Park. Get the stuffed dumplings from vendors serving new and old takes, including Cop Out Pierogies, whose “pie-rogies” are pictured; attendees can weigh in on their favorite vendor for the People’s Choice contest. When you're done eating, create a canvas painting of the iconic food or sway to the sounds of Good Brother Earl and other bands scheduled to perform. It wouldn’t be a true pierogi festival without the Pirates’ Mrs. T’s crew, which will be present for a few hours. All proceeds from the event will go to Riverlife to use toward the upkeep of South Shore Riverfront Park.

(Pittsburgh Pierogi Festival at South Shore Riverfront Park, South Side; Oct. 26, 12-5 p.m.; hopeful vendors and participants should email by Oct. 15;; Cop Out photo by Laura Petrilla)

Instead of getting into mischief on Devil’s Night, join Kevin Costa at the dinner table. As the chef/owner of Crested Duck Charcuterie, Costa is known for preparing and selling decadent food — dishes that involve lamb, bacon, fine cheese and other quality ingredients. The lineup for his Devil’s Night Offal Dinner includes six courses — starting with lamb sweet breads and working up to smoked duck-blood sausage before ending with rabbit-liver custard. Each dish comprises what many consider to be spare animal parts; each course is intended to demonstrate that those pieces of meat are usable — and delicious.

(Crested Duck Charcuterie, 1603 Broadway Ave., Beechview; Oct. 30 dinner, 6:15-9:45 p.m., BYOB; $66 per person; reservations required; 412/892-9983,

Healthy beverages can also taste good. Exhibits A and B: the new mojita and lemon-cayenne options from KeVita. The fizzy probiotic drink, founded by Homestead native Bill Moses, was already available in many flavors, such as lemon-ginger, before those two varieties were created. Mojita is as it sounds; it is a mocktail with a coconut-water base. The lemon-cayenne is a daily cleanse that has a bit of a zing in its finish, thanks to a hint of pepper extract. As with other KeVita drinks, these additions are organic and contain hardly any sugar (1 gram per 8-ounce serving).

(KeVita is sold at area stores including Whole Foods and Giant Eagle;

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