The festival will feature over 30 vendors showcasing different pickle concoctions including pickle funnel cakes, pickle egg rolls, dill pickle boats filled with smoked chicken and cream cheese, tacos with pickled mango relish, dill pickle popcorn and much more.
Danniele Simon, who handles property management, marketing and events for Austin Landing, told Dayton.com she was blown away by how creative their vendors are.
She said she is expecting pickle-flavored drinks to be a real hit because of heat. Attendees can expect pickleback shakes, pickle soda, pickle slushies, pickled lemonade and much more.
“I think the excitement of not knowing what that would taste like, but needing to know is most definitely going to be there,” Simon said.
She added there will something for everyone, even non-pickle lovers.
Austin Landing is partnering with the Miami Valley Restaurant Association to host this event. There will be event shirts and koozies for sale benefiting local restaurants and students planning to further their career in the food industry.
Simon said she thought of bringing a pickle festival to the Dayton area in the first place because she was pregnant and craving pickles.
“When we created the very basic Facebook event...it went off,” Simon said.
Two days before the festival, the event page has almost 3,000 people marked as going and 16,000 marked as interested.
Simon said she is excited to bring something new to Dayton knowing the festival is going to be able to grow and continue bigger and better year after year.
Pickle Fest - Just Dill With It! will also have live music, a Bud Light Beer Garden, SESH Sampling and fun activities for children.
The next new foodie festival at Austin Landing will be the Taco & Nacho Fest - Nacho Typical Food Fest from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27.
For more information, visit the event page for Pickle Fest - Just Dill With It on Facebook.