Have a Bite at These 8 Pittsburgh Food Festivals

Pittsburgh’s food festivals offer everything from crisp to creamy, and sweet to savory. Whether you’re craving Greek spanakopita or want to crunch your way through an array of pickles at one of the best food festivals in the country, each event promises a gastronomic adventure. Every bite tells a story. Every dish is its own celebration. Nothing beats the communal feeling that comes from enjoying something together.

Click through the each festival’s website for information on dates, times, and schedules.

Food Festivals in Pittsburgh

Taste of Greece Festival

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church hosts a weekend of cultural cuisine, entertainment, and craft vendors to bring a bit of the Mediterranean to Pittsburgh. Take your family out for free performances from Greek bands and the Hope, Joy, and GOYA Greek Dancers each night. Then stick around for main dishes, pastries, gyros, finger foods, and beverages from booths inside and outside the church.

Picklesburgh

Voted USA Today’s Best Specialty Food Festival in America, Picklesburgh has become a beloved event each year in the city. This festival celebrates all things pickles, from pickle cookies to pickled drinks and plenty of merchandise. There’s even a Pickle Juice Drinking Contest where the fastest to finish their jar is named the Mayor of Picklesburgh. It’s a can’t miss for anyone who steals pickles off their friends’ sandwiches.

Pittsburgh Taco Festival

Embrace the culture of Latin America with live music and plenty of taco styles to taste. With partners Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation (PHDC) and Casa San Jose, a host of food trucks and organizations come together to create an authentic experience worth a visit. Plus, proceeds from the festival help raise funds and awareness for the city’s Latin-American community.

Pittsburgh VegFest

Explore the wonders of vegetable-based cooking and sustainable living at this free festival by Justice for Animals. Attend food demonstrations, try your hand at yoga, shop various vendors, and listen to informative speakers from around the city. Join in on this exciting, healthy-lifestyle party and leave with a better understanding of fresh produce and animal welfare.

Pittsburgh Irish Festival

Pittsburgh’s fantastic celebration of Irish culture, food, and music lasts three days. Work your way through delicious, traditional Celtic cooking, taste samples of Irish whiskies and other products from across the sea, jig along with entertaining performances, and so much more. No matter your age, there’s a chance to embrace the luck of the Irish.

Beaver County Maple Syrup & Music Festival

All you can eat pancakes? We’re there. This lively festival brings that plus special entertainment and a family day out. After you’re done enjoying buckwheat, traditional, or gluten-free pancakes, with 100% Pure Pennsylvania Maple Syrup, snack on treats like Maple Cotton Candy and Maple Lollipops. Then, take in live music, children’s activities, antique tractors, Civil War demonstrations, and plenty of crafters and vendors, for the rest of the day.

Pittsburgh Lebanese Festival

Our Lady of Victory Church hosts a weekend of homemade cuisine, refreshing drinks, and Lebanese culture. Transport your mind and taste buds to Lebanon with vendors selling hummus, maamoul, falafel, kufta, grape leaves, baklava, and other dishes. Don’t forget to jump into the traditional dabke dance as a symbol of unity and togetherness.

Saint Nicholas Greek Festival

Live out your gyro daydreams at Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral’s yearly festival. Munch on flaky baklava or savory moussaka while you watch the dynamic Saint Nicholas Dancers in traditional costume or order your food to-go and try the rich culinary history of Greece at home. It’s time to get your Greek on!

Story by Kylie Thomas / Styling by Anna Franklin / Photography by Dave Bryce

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