PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh palates have been picky over pickles ever since H.J. Heinz founded his company in 1888. Five years later, the Heinz pickle pin was the hit of the Chicago World’s Fair.
Wednesday afternoon, Jeremy Waldrup and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership chose the Heinz History Center as their setting to announce a mid-July pickle festival on the Rachel Carson Bridge.
A gigantic balloon will hover over dozens of vendors, who will peddle pickle products as the bridge is magically transformed into Picklesburgh, Pennsylvania. That event sounds like a real dilly.
Waldrup presented Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald with a large, stuffed “pickle” as a Picklesburgh promotion.
“Americans consume 26 billion pounds of pickles a year,” he informed museum guests. “Or nine pounds per person.”
That average is likely to go up on Picklesburgh weekend.
“We will have more than 40 vendors offering hand crafted, ready to eat foods…
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