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There’s a Giant Pickle Festival Coming to Philadelphia

And it entails everything pickle enthusiasts could ask for: fried pickles, pickles on a stick, pickle egg rolls, pickle ice cream, pickle pizza …


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This September, Philly will get its first-ever pickle festival: Pickledelphia.

The event will include everything pickle-lovers could want: fried pickles, pickles on a stick, pickle egg rolls, pickle ice cream, pickle-brine fried chicken, pickle pizza, and more briny eats — plus live music, cocktail bars (think: picklebacks and bloody marys), pickle-themed events, and pickle-eating contests.

If this sounds like a dream to you, mark your calendars: It’s all happening between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on September 9th, at the Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons.

According to Pickledelphia’s Facebook event page, a ton of people are planning to attend: More than five thousand people have said they are “going” to the festival on Facebook, while more than 42 thousand said they’re “interested.”

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Organizers are planning to sell 3,000 tickets to the event (to maximize beer distribution), according to Billy Penn. Tickets will cost $10 a pop — or $25 if you opt for VIP access. VIP access include early access to the festival, a VIP “speed” entrance, early-bird pickle tasting, a Pickle Strong bracelet and a bag of pickle-flavored chips. A warning to parents: Kids must be over 10 years old to attend.

Here’s what else you’ll see at Pickledelphia: Pickle vendors from Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New York and New Jersey will set up shop; a beer garden will feature pickle beer from the nearby Urban Village Brewing Company, while Jameson Irish Whisky and Brine Brothers will provide picklebacks, and Smithworks Vodka and Brine Street Picklery will set up a bloody mary bar; and Shot of Southern and My Hero Zero will provide the live music, according to the Facebook event page.

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Clearly, the event will feature pickles in a greater capacity than you’ve likely ever experienced. That being said, you should know that eating too many pickles is a digestive no-no. Overdoing your intake of pickles and brine (pickle juice solution) can cause flatulence, diarrhea, and abdominal discomfort. Plus, pickles (especially dill pickles) often contain high amounts of sodium, which can lead to bloating.

Keeping that in mind, you might want to consume pickles responsibly if you attend the festival. Or you might want to go all out, because Pickledelphia is only in town for one day, after all. No one’s stopping you.

For more information, visit Pickledelphia’s website.