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Pizza Festivals are popping up across the country. Learn about participating and organizing a pizza event.
Does your town have a pizza festival? If the answer is no, just wait. Festivals and events across America are popping up featuring all things pizza. One may be coming to your area soon. Or, you might even be the one to organize a pizza event.
Some big named pizza festivals launched in 2023. More than 35 pizzerias participated in Dave Portnoy’s One Bite Pizza Festival in Brooklyn, New York, last September. Gabriella Ottaiano knew her pizzeria, Calabria in Livingston, New Jersey, needed to be one of them.
“It was important for me to participate in the One Bite festival because Dave Portnoy did so much for my family and continues to support us,” she says. “His 8.9 score on our Calabria’s Crunchy Thin®️ was life changing for us — we are now nationwide.”
Ottaiano says it was an amazing experience.
“5k loyal fans showed up in the pouring rain. It was absolutely beautiful,” she says. The logistics of participating in such a big event went smoothly for the pizzeria and its team. “The event was very successful because it was well organized,” she says.
“They teamed up with Medium Rare. They did a spectacular job! We had 2-3 months to prepare and they provided an entire team for us for each pizzeria. They handled everything from building out our booth to handling the equipment.”