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Rosendale International Pickle Festival | New York By Rail

november, 2021

21nov10:00 am5:00 pmEvent CancelledRosendale International Pickle Festival10:00 am - 5:00 pm Rosendale Recreation Center, 1055 Route 32 South, Rosendale, NY 12472

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Rosendale International Pickle Festival

Celebrating its 24th year, the Rosendale International Pickle Festival is the place to go to find all things brined, soused and preserved.

Rosendale International Pickle Festival.

Contestants presenting their pickled submissions for the Rosendale International Pickle Festival

Let your mouth celebrate and experience the best and worst of these Pickled Delights. Let your tastebuds be the judge at the Rosendale International Pickle Festival. With a handful of pickle-related contests, tastings, vendors and more, there are plenty of ways to enjoy your favorite snack at the 24th anniversary of the Rosendale International Pickle Festival.

Later in the afternoon join the Pickle Triathlon. It starts with a Pickle Eating Contest, where contestants try to eat a small jar of Mt. Olive Pickle Spears. Next is the Pickle Juice Drinking Contest, where contestants drink 24 oz. of pickle juice through a Big Bore Straw. Lastly, there is a team event, the Pickle Tossing Contest. Each team consists of a pitcher, who tosses a pickle chip to the catcher, who catches the chip in their mouth, then it is spurted into the Counter’s Jar. Each contest will award winners with a Gold, Silver or Bronze prize. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to enter the contests.

Home Pickling Contest at the Rosendale International Pickle Festival

See if you have what it takes, and take on other area competitors for the best tasting pickle at the Home Pickling Contest! Here are the rules:

  • Submit 2 jars of the same item for each entry. (One jar is for display, one jar is for the judges.)
  • Label the jar with: YOUR name, address, phone #, area code included, Email address and What They Are.
  • You are limited to a total of 3 submissions in any category.
  • If you are not going to be in the area on the day of the Pickle Festival, you can drop your entries off in advance by contacting Mr. Bill Brooks email and arrange a drop-off appointment.
  • Entries must be submitted by 11 a.m.
  • Judging begins at 12 p.m.

The Pickling Categories (limited to 3 categories per entrant)

  • Kimchi
  • Dill Pickles
  • Sweet Pickles
  • Pickled Onions/Garlic
  • Dilly Beans
  • Pickled Fruit
  • Pickled Beets
  • Pickled Veggies
  • Pickled Brussel Sprouts
  • Chutneys
  • Fermented Liquid or Semi-Liquid Product
  • Miscellaneous
  • Best of Show

History of the Rosendale International Pickle Festival

Founders Bill and Cathy Brooks created and put together the first Picklefest in 60 days after their friend, Eri Yamaguchi, said she wanted to have a “pickle party” in 1998.

They created this event for people to have fun and introduce them to a whole new realm of Pickles, things Pickled, Pickling Spices – all things Pickled. The support of the Rosendale Chamber of Commerce helped expand peoples culinary horizons along with exhibitions of International cultures and customs through the simple, but alluring PICKLE!

Take Amtrak to Rhinecliff-Kingston Station

Experience this Festival via Amtrak to Rhinecliff-Kingston in the Hudson Valley—Don’t forget to use the Amtrak See New York and Save 15% discount!

Get picked up from Rhinecliff-Kingston Station and taken to your reserved #NYTRAIN Enterprise Rent-a-Car. Click here to reserve your car or call the Kingston office today at 845-336-4700.


(Sunday) 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Rosendale Recreation Center

1055 Route 32 South, Rosendale, NY 12472