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Food Festivals Month by Month

Jan 01, 2018 02:08PM ● By Vanessa Orr

Empty Bowls will take place March 18.

Pittsburgh has earned a reputation as a foodie haven, and one of the reasons is that no matter what month it is, the city is somehow celebrating food. Mark your calendars now through June for upcoming food festivals that include everything from soup on the South Side to specially distilled spirits at the convention center to handpicked strawberries right from the field.

JANUARY

Jan. 7: Cranberry Wine & Spirits Festapalooza

Doubletree by Hilton Cranberry, 910 Sheraton Drive, Mars 16046. 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Free 1 oz. tastings, or buy a 5.5 oz. tasting glass or 10 oz. tasting glass. Entertainment by the Right Turn Clyde Band, 17 wineries and distillers and numerous vendors. Click link at www.Drinkfestpa.com for free admission.

Jan. 15-21: Pittsburgh Restaurant week 

Enjoy a delicious meal at participating restaurants at a discounted price! On the menu this year are aAvenue B, The Capital Grille, Bangkok Balcony, Bella Vista Ristorante Italiano, Bistro 19, City Works Eating and Pour House, Eighty Acres Kitchen and Bar, Le Lyonnais, LeMont Pittsburgh, Luke Wholey’s Wild Alaskan Grille, Muddy Waters Oyster Bar, Senti Restaurant, Silk Elephant, The Carlton, Vue 412 and many more. For a complete list, visit www.pittsburghrestaurantweek.com.

Jan. 20: Women Wine ‘n Spirits Festapalooza

David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Ft. Duquesne Blvd., Pittsburgh 15222, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Free 1 oz. tastings, or buy a 5.5 oz. tasting glass or 10 oz. tasting glass. Complimentary manicures and hair makeovers by Bella Capelli Academy, entertainment by the Right Turn Clyde Band, 17 wineries and distillers and numerous vendors. Click link at www.Drinkfestpa.com for free admission.

Jan 27-28: Wine and Spirits Festapalooza 

Sunday on the River

David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Ft. Duquesne Blvd., Pittsburgh 15222, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Free 1 oz. tastings, or buy a 5.5 oz. tasting glass or 10 oz. tasting glass. Entertainment by the Right Turn Clyde Band, 17 wineries and distillers and numerous vendors. Click link at www.Drinkfestpa.com for free admission.

FEBRUARY

Feb. 10: For the Love of Pittsburgh Local Food Tasting

August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, 15222. 3-7p.m. The For the Love of Pittsburgh Tasting Event will celebrate everything Pittsburghers love about its local farm and food scene. This farm-to-table tasting event is a casual gathering that allows participants to experience firsthand the quality and diversity of locally grown, produced and prepared food. Tickets at www.showclix.com/event/farmtotablefortheloveofpittsburgh7398735

Feb. 11: Lucky in Love Wine & Spirits Festacular

Rivers Casino (second level banquet room), 777 Casino Drive, Pittsburgh 15212. 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free 1 oz. tastings, or buy a 5.5 oz. tasting glass or 10 oz. tasting glass.  Approximately 16 wineries and distillers and numerous vendors. Click link at www.Drinkfestpa.com for free admission. Can upgrade to a VIP Valentine’s Package for $20 per person.

Feb. 17: South Side Soup Contest 

Each February, the South Side Soup Contest brings more than 1,250 soup lovers to the South Side to taste and vote on soup entries from over 25 South Side restaurants. The event benefits The Brashear Association and the operation of its food pantry program, and the South Side Welcome Center run by the South Side Chamber of Commerce. 11:30 a.m.

Feb. 23-24: Fifth Annual Pittsburgh Winter Beerfest

David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Ft. Duquesne Blvd., Pittsburgh, 15222.  Celebrating craft beer from down the street and around the country. Hundreds of craft beers and live music. Three sessions to choose from, as well as a Connoisseurs Reception. Raises funds for Animal Rescue Partners. Tickets $45-$65 at www.pittsburghbeerfest.com.

MARCH

Lenten Fish Fries (late March/April)

You can’t turn around without hitting a fish fry in Pittsburgh during the Easter season, so instead of trying to list them all here, we encourage you to visit Facebook and search for the PittsburghLentenFishFryMap. Just a few local ones include the Allegheny Elks, Assumption Church in Bellevue, the A.W. Beattie Career Center in Allison Park, the Beaver Valley Yacht Club and the Evans City VFW…but that’s barely a drop in the bucket.

March 18: Empty Bowls

Rodef Shalom, 4905 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, 15213, two seatings. Empty Bowls serves up a meal of soup and bread as a reminder that too many people throughout the region are facing hunger. Attendees choose a ceramic bowl to take home from the bowls provided by local amateur and professional potters and then enjoy a meal with hundreds of their neighbors. Empty Bowls is sponsored by the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank in partnership with Just Harvest.  Tickets will be available in January at www.pittsburghfoodbank.org.

APRIL

April 14-15: Farm to Table Western PA Annual Conference

David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Ft. Duquesne Blvd., Pittsburgh, 15222, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Celebrate the connections that are made by supporting local farms, food producers, wineries, distilleries and breweries. The conference provides consumers with two days of networking and educational opportunities. Seasonal cooking demonstrations, gardening, and information about the nutritional value of local food are presented by local experts. Meet with other locavores to discuss ideas about where food comes from and where to find businesses and organizations that provide healthy food and healthy lifestyle choices. Tickets: www.showclix.com/event/farm-to-table-pittsburgh-conference7150175.

April 20-29: Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week

PCBW is a collaboration between breweries, distributors, bottle shops and restaurants that have made a commitment to supporting craft beer in the Pittsburgh region. Beer lovers are treated to a week of exclusive events all over the region, including beer tastings, dinners pairing craft beer with great local food, special beers brewed exclusively for PCBW, and meeting the brewers behind favorite beers.  For more info, visit www.pittsburghcraftbeerweek.com.

April 14: Tacos & Vino Festapalooza

David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Ft. Duquesne Blvd., Pittsburgh 15222, noon-7 p.m. More than 25 taco and food vendors, frozen margarita bar, tequila, wine and spirits unlimited sampling, chili pepper eating contest, carnival games, kids’ zone, giant nacho bar, best dressed contest. $20 to $35 per ticket with multi-pack discounts. Click link at www.Drinkfestpa.com for tickets.

MAY

May 6-12: St. Nicholas Greek Festival 

Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Chapel, 419 South Dithridge Street, Pittsburgh University District. Savor authentic Greek food, including beef stefatho, chicken oregano, souvlakia, baklava and more at this popular annual tradition that features costumed dancers performing nightly to traditional Greek music. Both Greek and domestic wines are available.  

May 5: 16th Annual Pittsburgh Wine Festival

Heinz Field, Pittsburgh North Shore. One of the top 10 wine festivals in the country. The Pittsburgh Wine Festival hosts some of the world's finest winemakers, chefs, entertainers and wine educators. The festival features more than 165 vendors offering over 530 varieties of wines from all around the world. Tasting tickets are $125-$250. For more information, call 412-281-2681. Proceeds from the Pittsburgh Wine Festival will benefit the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Centers.

JUNE

June 16: Fun & Grub DrinkFestapalooza on the River

Fox Chapel Marine, 1366 Old Freeport Road, Pittsburgh, 15238, 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wine, spirits, beer, cider, food trucks and shopping. $12 per person, less with multi-pack discounts. Click link at www.Drinkfestpa.com for tickets.

June TBA: Soergel Strawberry Festival 

Soergel Orchard, 2573 Brandt School Road, Pittsburgh, 15090. Take a hayride through Soergel Orchard’s strawberry patches to pick your very own fresh fruit right off the vine. Enjoy strawberry-themed desserts and other treats while your kids play with farm animals, playhouses and pirate ships.

June TBA: Trax Farm Strawberry festival 

528 Trax Road, Finleyville, PA. Delicious strawberry treats, children’s activities and more. Event hours are 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. 

June 22-24: 43rd Annual Holy Dormition Greek Food Festival

Dormition of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church, 12 Washington Ave., Oakmont, noon-11 p.m. Dinner entrees and a la carte offerings, Greek dancing and live entertainment. For more information, visit www.dormitionpgh.org.