- $14 for admission for two to the Pittsburgh Pierogi Festival on Saturday, October 18 ($24 value)
Pittsburgh Pierogi Festival is open from 12 pm– 5 pm. The festival hosts live local music in addition to free activities such as “Paint Your Own Pierogi” with Paint Monkey, a meet-and-greet with the Pirate Pierogies, commemorative photos from the photo booth, and more.
Pittsburgh Pierogi Festival
When organizers were planning last year's inaugural Pittsburgh Pierogi Festival, they expected about 1,000 people to show up. They ended up with a crowd of more than 7,000. And it's no wonder, considering how highly the European dumpling ranks among the city's beloved foods. As Stephan Bontrager, one of the organizers of the fest, told the Post-Gazette in 2013, pierogis are "one of those Pittsburgh pride things."
Locals can once again show their love for the chewy concoctions at this year's fest, where there will be at least 15 vendors serving both traditional and contemporary versions. Perennial favorite Gosia's will be using a pierogi recipe handed down through generations of their Polish family, while Square Cafe will be giving attendees another chance to taste their coffee-spiked dumplings. There'll be plenty to do besides eat, of course. Other attractions include a beer tent (sponsored by Yuengling) and a pop-up market with handcrafted gifts such as pierogi earrings and toasty pierogi slippers.