Picklesburgh Once Again Named Top Specialty Food Event in the Nation

Poll shows that the pickle-themed event is a “big dill.”


After the final round of voting, Picklesburgh was named the Best Specialty Food Festival in USA Today’s 10Best Readers Choice Awards. Dubbed “The Destination for All Things Pickled,” the Pittsburgh event won the top spot for the second year in a row.

“We are ecstatic that Pittsburghers continue to champion the Picklesburgh event,” Jeremy Waldrup, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, says in a news release. The Downtown Partnership produces the free July event, which started in 2015. “The support for it has been unprecedented, and this second win shows how passionate the city is about this event staying on top.”

The editors teamed with a group of experts to determine the initial list of nominees then opened the polls for voting. 

Rounding out the Top 10: Windy City Smokeout, Chicago; National Cherry Festival, Traverse City, Michigan; Gelato Festival America, multiple cities; Oregon Truffle Festival, Willamette Valley, Oregon; Bacon and Beer Classic, multiple cities; Tamale Festival Houston; Cheese and Meat Festival, multiple cities; Michael Arnone’s Crawfish Fest, Augusta, New Jersey; and National Fiery Foods & BBQ Show, Albuquerque.

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