Photo courtesy of Picklesburgh.

This article’s filled with more Pittsburgh food than a Giant Eagle buggy on double-coupon day. Jeet jet?

Picklesburgh is back!

Picklesburgh returns to the Andy Warhol Bridge Aug. 20-22.

Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, the organizer of the event, anticipates large crowds, so it’s likely festivities will expand onto Ft. Duquesne Boulevard.

Visitors can expect an array of dill-ectable products, including pickle cocktails and pickle beer, plus live music, pickling demonstrations, a pickle juice drinking contest and a Li’l Gherkins KidsPlay area. Interested vendors can apply online.

Photo courtesy of Picklesburgh.

Established in 2015, Picklesburgh was twice named the top specialty food festival in the nation by USA Today.

“As a signature event for Pennsylvania and the City of Pittsburgh, Picklesburgh attracts thousands of visitors from near and far and is an exceptional way to highlight all of what Downtown has to offer as a destination,” says Jeremy Waldrup, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. “After a very challenging 2020, that even saw the Heinz pickle balloon burst over the holidays, we could not be more happy to dill-iver this great news, reinflate the beloved balloon and welcome everyone back to ‘brine and dine’ with us again this August!”

Photo courtesy of Eat’n Park.
Photo courtesy of Eat’n Park.

Eat ‘n Park and Turner Dairy release Smiley Cookie Milk

“I think yinz all should have one,” Pittsburgh Dad says after taking a swig of Smiley Cookie Milk. “It’s pretty darn good, n’at!”

Today, Eat’n Park and Turner Dairy introduced Smiley Cookie Milk to the masses.

Through the end of the summer, you can grab a bottle at all Eat’n Park restaurants and by the pint and half-gallon at select area Giant Eagle and GetGo locations. On July 16, the udderly delicious beverage will be available wherever Turner Dairy products are sold.

Amanda Giacobbi with Eat’n Park looks on as Curt Wootton (aka Pittsburgh Dad) takes a swig of Smiley Cookie Milk. Photo by Kristy Locklin.

“Smiley Cookie Milk tastes like dipping a Smiley Cookie in milk without the crumble-risk,” says Amanda Giacobbi, director of marketing for Eat’n Park Hospitality Group’s Restaurant Division. “We’re proud to expand our 30-year partnership with Turner Dairy Farms. Now, our iconic, Pittsburgh-based brands again have come together to create smiles for Pittsburghers of all ages.”

In the mood for more Smiley goodness? Eat’n Park recently partnered with Millie’s Ice Cream on a Smiley Cookie flavor available exclusively at Kennywood Park.

Sign the Heinz Hot Dog Pact petition

Heinz is being frank about hot dogs and buns.

Weiner-makers sell their products in packs of 10, while there are only eight buns in a bag. This puts consumers in a pickle, as evidenced by Steve Martin’s grocery store freak out in 1991’s “Father of the Bride.”

The Heinz Hot Dog Pact is a plea for companies to streamline efforts and sell their products in equal quantities. If you relish the opportunity to chime in on this matter, sign the online petition, that, as of press time, has already garnered more than 5,000 e-signatures.

Why is the Pittsburgh-based company all up in people’s grill about this ratio issue?

Because Heinz makes “the condiment that has been bringing foods together for over 150 years.” Even international pop stars love the iconic ketchup brand.

Kristy Locklin is a North Hills-based writer. When she's not busy reporting, she enjoys watching horror movies and exploring Pittsburgh's craft beer scene.