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Three Day Blow Festival: Eat. Drink. Think. Pittsburgh.

Bringing together food & drink writers, editors, makers, and explorers from around the country for a Pittsburgh-based conversation about regional food and drink systems in a raucous, literary three day event.


25 26 27


why pittsburgh?

In a recent article, the New York Times food writer Jeff Gordinier  wrote, "If there are scholars who hope to study how a vibrant food culture can help radically transform an American city, the time to do that is right now, in real time, in the place that gave us Heinz ketchup." It is no secret that the Pittsburgh food and spirits scene has flourished over the past few years, making it a fascinating locale to study this moment in American food and drink writing and making.


festival highlights

Steel(town) Chef: Battle of the Food & Drink Writers

A turning of the tables: Pittsburgh food critics cook and mix drinks for chefs and bar managers for a no holds barred critique!


Pierogi pop-up

Rick Sebak will preside as local chefs offer samples of some quintessential doughy delights of Pittsburgh paired with local booze.


Hidden Gems Lunch

Small plates from a cornucopia of hidden neighborhood restaurant gems, curated by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.


What are you calling Rustbelt Cuisine?

Explore regional Rustbest food & drink identity with Pittsburgh and national writers, chefs, and thinkers.


Eat This Book: Taking the Experience off the Page

Author Simran Sethi will lead a lunchtime chocolate tasting and discussion of her book Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love about the story of changes in food and agriculture told through bread, wine, chocolate, coffee and beer.

passes and schedule

Three day blow festival 2016 has ended, which means prepping for next year!

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farm to table marketplace

at the august wilson center

11 AM - 4 PM August  26th and 27th


Join us for Farm to Table Marketplace at the Three Day Blow Festival for an open to the public local vendor marketplace featuring food and wares to sample and purchase. The marketplace will be located just inside the August Wilson Center. No sign up necessary.


Click for more info at Farm to Table Pittsburgh

Why Three Day blow?

Michael Solomonov

Food Keynote

Chef Michael Solomonov was born in G'nei Yehuda, Israel and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. At the age of 19, he returned to Israel. With no Hebrew language skills, he took the only job he could get – working in a bakery – and his culinary career was born.


A 2011 James Beard Award winner for "Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic," Chef Solomonov is known for his extraordinary skill at transforming simple foods into artful culinary masterpieces. He is widely regarded as one of the city's top chefs.


In addition to the James Beard Award, Chef Solomonov has been recognized for his many accomplishments by The New York Times, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Esquire Magazine,Condé Nast Traveler, and Travel + Leisure. In 2014, he was named Eater's National Chef of the Year.



Intersections Keynote

Bryant Terry is a 2015 James Beard Foundation Leadership Award-winning chef, educator, and author renowned for his activism to create a healthy, just, and sustainable food system.


He is currently the Chef-in-Residence at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) in San Francisco where he creates programming that celebrates the intersection of food, farming, health, activism, art, culture, and the African Diaspora.  His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, and All Things Considered among many other publications.


Bryant’s fourth book, Afro Vegan was published by Ten Speed Press/Random House April 2014. Just 2 months after publication, Afro-Vegan was named by Amazon.com one of the best cookbooks of 2014.  In December it was nominated for an NAACP Image Award in the Outstanding Literary Work category.


Drinks Keynote

Dave Wondrich lives in New York, where he writes about drinks: an occupation he seems to have been born for. "Now the closest thing to a living iPod of drink lore and recipes," as The New York Times has labeled him, Wondrich is an internationally-recognized authority on cocktails and their history. As Esquire’s drinks correspondent, he has ranged far and wide through the world of booze, covering everything from Kentucky bourbon to Chinese cocktails. He has also written for numerous other magazines on the subject, including Oprah, Real Simple, Wine and Spirits, and Saveur.


Wondrich is also the author of five books, including Imbibe! (which won a James Beard award) and Punch, which came out to wide acclaim. He is a founding partner in Beverage Alcohol Resource, the nation’s leading training program for bartenders and other mixologists, lectures frequently and far afield on drinks and their curious history.

keynote speakers

Named for a whiskey infused Hemingway short story, the Three Day Blow Writers Festival is a conference designed for food and drink writers looking to explore a dynamic regional food system and grow their professional skills and networks. Join us for three days of brainy breakout sessions, quirky programming, and food and drink celebrations.

networking, practical tips, story ideas, inspiration, booze, and food!

featuring editors, writers, and makers

Alia Akkam Liquor.com, Hospitality Design

Joshua Baldwin Eephus Los Angeles Review of Books

Bob Batz Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Maggie Beldecos Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank

David Bernabo The Glassblock

Jamilka Borges Spoon

William Bostwick Wall Street Journal, GQ

Dana Bowen Martha Stewart Living

Lew Bryson Tasting Whiskey

Janis Burley Wilson Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

Danielle Chiotti Upstart Crow Literary

Jill Ciciarelli Fermented

Drew Cranisky Next Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh City Paper

Wayne Curtis Atlantic Monthly

Sharon Dilworth Carnegie Mellon University

Susan Evans Smithsonian

Amber Farr Buhl Foundation

Caroline Fitzgerald Senator John Heinz History Center

Hattie Fletcher Creative NonFiction

Sherrie Flick Whiskey, Etc.

Bill Fuller Big Burritto

Rico Gagliano Dinner Party Download

Dan Gilman City of Pittsburgh Council

Chef Chris Galarza Parkhurst Dining

Jeff Gordinier New York Times

Erin Hart Farm To Table

Adam Henry Independent Brewing Company

Dan Hensley Carnegie Library Pittsburgh

Trevett Hooper Legume

Alice Julier Chatham University

Hal B. Klein Pittsburgh Magazine

Beth Kracklauer Wall Street Journal

Pete Kurzweg Independent Brewing Company

Marissa Landrigan Acquired Taste

Cindi Lash Pittsburgh Magazine

Leah Lizarando Brazen Kitchen, 412 Food Rescue

Melissa McCart Newsday

Gretchen McKay Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Amy McKeever Eater

Michael Metivier Chelsea Green Press

Meredith Meyer Grelli Wigle Whiskey

Andrew Moore PawPaw

Kara Newman Wine Enthusiast

Andrea Nguyen Viet World Kitchen

Keith Pandolfi Serious Eats

Jamie Patten Allegheny Wine Mixer

Brian Pekarcik S+P Restaurant Group

Sam Permutt Repair the World

Leslie Przybylek Senator John Heinz History Center

Ken Regal Just Harvest

Andrew Richdale Afar

Kate Romane E2

Amy Rosenfeld Mon Aimee

Helen Rosner Eater

Jason Roth Pittsburgh City Paper

Emily Ruby Senator John Heinz History Center

Amelia Sawyer Greenhouse Tavern

Jonathon Sawyer Greenhouse Tavern

Simran Sethi Bread, Wine, Chocolate

Justin Severino Cure Morcilla

Robert Sietsema Eater NY

Adam Shuck Glassblock

Michael Solomonov Zahav

Naomi Starkman Civil Eats

Kyra  Straussman Urban Redevelopment Authority

Bryant Terry Museum of African Diaspora

Anne Trubek Belt Magazine

Briana White Soul Food Pittsburgh

David Wondrich Imbibe, Esquire

Bethany Zozula Whitfield at the Ace Hotel

Matthew Zuras Vice

presented by

hosted and sponsored by

generously sponsored by

organizing committee

Meredith Meyer Grelli, Three Day Blow Chair, Wigle

Bob Batz Jr., Pgh Post-Gazette, Assoc. of Food Journalists

Janis Burley-Wilson, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

Sharon Dilworth,Carnegie Mellon University

Amber Farr, Buhl Foundation

Caroline Fitzgerald, Heinz History Center

Hattie Fletcher, Creative NonFiction

Sherrie Flick, Chatham University

Sally Frey, Chatham University

Rebecca Harris, Chatham University

Erin Hart, Farm to Table, American Healthcare Group

Whitney Hayes, Freelance Writer

Mac Howison, Sprout Fund

Alice Julier, Chatham University, Falk School

Hal B. Klein, Pittsburgh Magazine

Beth Kracklauer, Wall Street Journal

Leah Lizarondo, The Brazen Kitchen, 412 Food Rescue

Maggie McFalls, Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank

Amy Rosenfeld, Mon Aimee Chocolat

Jill Steiner, Wigle Whiskey

Kyra Straussman, URA


© 2016 Three Day Blow Festival