Senator John Heinz History Center

June 21
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The pierogi. The Klondike. Fries on a sammich. Pittsburgh has become synonymous with a menu of inventive and delicious locally created food items over the decades, and lately has emerged as a 21st-century foodie town with a new crop of purveyors, chefs, restauranteurs and a very hungry public.

Want a taste of the Burgh? On June 21st, Heinz History Center will host the third annual Hometown–Homegrown event, where visitors of all ages can sample food from 40 local vendors and watch demonstrations with Pittsburgh’s premier culinary experts. Presented in partnership with GoodTaste! Pittsburgh, the fun and flavorful culinary expo celebrates the region’s passion for food, while also highlighting the city’s many varied authentic neighborhoods.

Taste longtime Pittsburgh staples from Wholey’s, Soergel Orchards and The Original Oyster House, and savor the fare of thriving small businesses such as Twirly Girl Baking Co., The Pop Stop and Three Rivers Hydroponics–Steel City Farms. Throughout the day, the History Center’s Weisbrod Kitchen Classroom will host special cooking demonstrations with local culinary celebs including Superior Motors owner and chef Kevin Sousa, WQED’s Rick Sebak and Chris Fennimore, big Burrito’s Bill Fuller, Jared Lordon from Social at Bakery Square and more.

Hometown–Homegrown will also feature activities throughout the Center’s five floors, including a special presentation on the history of Pittsburgh spirits by Wigle Whiskey, live entertainment, fitness activities in the SmartSteps exhibition, a cookbook exchange and more.

Looking for tasty new recipes to try? Bring in your gently used cookbooks and exchange them for new ones at the Hometown-Homegrown Cookbook Exchange located in the Center’s Great Hall! Don’t have any cookbooks to contribute? Make a small donation in exchange for a cookbook, and help to support History Center programs.

All Hometown–Homegrown activities and food samples are free to History Center members and included with regular admission for non-members. The event is open to all ages.

View a complete list of Hometown-Homegrown vendors.

Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...