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Vote to make Picklesburgh the best specialty food festival in the country

Picklesburgh currently tops USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards list.

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Photo: Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership
Looks like America has pickle fever — at least, as far as one USA Today list is concerned.

Picklesburgh, Pittsburgh’s annual, three-day celebration of briny goodness, was nominated as one of the best specialty food festivals in the country in USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards. As of today, Picklesburgh has secured the number one spot, beating out 19 other competitors, including the South Beach Seafood Festival in Miami, the Kentucky Bourbon Festival, and the Tamale Festival in Houston, as well as other events dedicated to cheesecake, barbecue, truffles, and more.

"We are thrilled to have been included in the voting for Top Ten Specialty Food Festivals by USA Today," says Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership president and CEO, Jeremy Waldrup. "Pittsburghers have shown their love for Picklesburgh by turning out in incredible numbers, creating spectacular culinary creations, drinking pickle juice at impressive speeds, and, most of all, embracing a uniquely Pittsburgh experience. We are so honored to be nominated and plan to bring home a first place win."

Now Picklesburgh’s organizers, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and Heinz, want your help to keep Pittsburgh at number one. Voting is open through Mon., March 11. Pickle lovers can submit a new vote every day. Winners will be announced on March 22.

Marked by the giant pickle floating above the Roberto Clemente Bridge, the free, family-friendly event welcomes visitors with a variety of pickled foods, demonstrations, and other activities, including a pickle juice drinking contest. Since launching four years ago, Picklesburgh has gained international attention and embarked on an award-winning collaboration with the local distillery Wigle Whiskey.

Picklesburgh will return in July 2019.

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