Artful Eats on the Riverwalk: Unique Food Options at the Festival

When we think festival, often our mouths water at the thought of salty French fries served by the bucketful or warm, sweet funnel cakes dusted with sugar. Maybe your craving is for a piping hot sausage sandwich, a stromboli, or a deep fried... well, anything really. From popcorn to pizza and everything in between, the Arts on the Riverwalk festival has you covered with a variety of the delicious concessions stands you know and love. 

In addition to some of the traditional fair favorites, Arts on the Riverwalk is proud to announce a few unique eating options provided by local food trucks.

7 Senses Catering does not serve your ordinary fair food. This Pittsburgh-based company specializes in food that feeds your senses with dishes as beautiful as they are delicious. 7 Senses offers a wide menu of soul food and specialty dishes for any palate, including healthy and vegetarian options.

A beautiful, steaming hot plate of delicious soul food offered by 7 Senses.

A beautiful, steaming hot plate of delicious soul food offered by 7 Senses.

From seafood to smoothies, 7 Senses cooks up soul food like no other you’d find at a festival, such as smoked beef ribs, cajun salmon, chicken and waffle BLT and sweet potato casserole. Top off your meal with a fresh fruit bowl or any of their delectable desserts, like peach cobbler or lemon pound cake. Rich in color and flavor, their food itself is a work of art that fits right in at Arts on the Riverwalk.

Sinkers & Suds, LLC is a well-known name for any local donut enthusiast. This vintage trailer selling mini donuts and gourmet coffee proves that the best things come in little packages, bringing the tastes of your favorite pastry shop café to you.

The food truck calls its mini donuts “sinkers,” which are made fresh and topped to order with the best flavors and toppings. Try a “Sinker Specialty” or a classic “Simple Sinker” and don’t forget to wash it down with a signature “suds”—better known as coffee.

Mmmm, I'll take the whole basket, please! 

Mmmm, I'll take the whole basket, please! 

Signature “sinkers” are made fresh and offered in a variety of unique flavors and toppings. They pair perfectly with a “suds,” served hot or as cold-brewed iced coffee in gourmet seasonal flavors. With so many possibilities, these yummy sinkers and suds will always keep you coming back for more!

And if you're looking for some healthier options, try Chop Shop Salad Shop, Pittsburgh's only salad food truck. These salads are made with local, quality ingredients and always prepared fresh to order. With a range of specialty salads and homemade dressings not loaded with preservatives, Chop Shop will provide healthy meals without compromising taste. 

This "Glorious Steak" salad looks pretty glorious to me. 

This "Glorious Steak" salad looks pretty glorious to me. 

Chop Shop Salad Shop's extensive menu offers a variety of flavorful salads, including Piquillo Pork Chimichurri or The Glorious Steak, in addition to several vegetarian and vegan-friendly options. And if salad isn't your thing, you can turn any salad into a wrap or completely customize your own with dozens of toppings, add-ins and dressings. With so many fresh and healthy options, who says salad has to be boring? 

The Arts on the Riverwalk Festival is proud to provide a creative and out-of-the-ordinary eating experience to its visitors. With an ever-growing list of vendors from Pittsburgh, New Castle and the surrounding area, you are sure to find something delicious on Saturday, Sept. 9 from 3-9 p.m. in New Castle. Don’t forget to bring your appetite!

If your concession stand or food truck would like to be a part of the Arts on the Riverwalk Festival too, please follow the link on our festival page to register by July 1.