Festivals

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On today's program: Dozens of cancelled and postponed conferences, festivals and concerts are resulting in lower tourism and less money for local businesses; and four voters weigh in on how the pandemic has impacted their voting preferences. 

Fresh Fest

Last year, Pittsburgh earned a place in beer history thanks to Day Bracey and Mike Potter, co-founders of Fresh Fest, the nation’s first festival for black-owned breweries

Courtesy of Harambee Ujima Black Art and Culture Association

George Hogan first learned about the Harambee Ujima Black Arts Festival about 50 years ago. The festival, Pittsburgh’s first to celebrate African-American arts, was then only a couple years old. Hogan, then a high school junior, was recruited to help make posters advertising the event. 

Renee Rosensteel for the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership

Picklesburgh hasn’t exactly been in a pickle. Last year, its fourth, the pickle-themed festival drew an estimated 100,000 or more to the Roberto Clemente Bridge. And the three-day specialty-foods event has continued attracting national attention. But with vendors lining both sides of the bridge, and visitors crowding blacktop and sidewalks alike, things could get both a little hot and a little crowded.

Courtesy of Pittsburgh VegFest

This Saturday, fans of vegan food and animal advocacy can taste the latest meat-free cuisine, purchase organic health products and hang out with shelter cats at the fourth annual Pittsburgh VegFest.