ArtsQuest Announces First Ever Pizzafest!

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Bethlehem, Lehigh Valley, PA., June 4, 2024 – It’s a celebration of all thing’s pizza at ArtsQuest at the SteelStacks campus on Sunday, September 29! Come out for the Greater Lehigh Valley’s best pizza vendors, along with pizza-themed entertainment and games for Pizzafest presented by Surfside Vodka.

The festival starts at 1 p.m. for general admission. General admission tickets are $5 ($10 week of the event) and attendees are given access to entertainment throughout Pizzafest including music, game shows and more. And, of course, attendees will get to enjoy delicious pizza from all vendors and drinks from the Mack Truck Stop, Central Tap and the Pour Bar.  For a special pizza-themed gift and an extra hour at Pizzafest (12 p.m. – 1 p.m.), early access tickets are available for $15 ($20 week of the event).

“Pizzafest is an idea long in the making being realized through SteelStacks celebration of all thing’s pizza! A gathering of some of the greatest compliers of dough, sauce and cheese in our region – from food trucks to brick-and-mortar restaurant favorites – we could not be more excited to present this inaugural addition,” says Patrick Brogan, Chief Programming Officer. “Get you tickets now for your piece of the pies!”

Current pizza vendors include:

  • Charred
  • Il Forno a Legna
  • J Rad’s Woodfired
  • JerseyRollz Pizza
  • Lehigh Pizza
  • Pat’s Pizza and Bistro
  • PFG Pizza
  • Scarlet Fire Authentic Neapolitan Pizza
  • And more to be announced!

“We have room for just a few more vendors,” explains Brogan. “So, if your place has a favorite slice of the Valley – we want you!”

Interested in being a pizza vendor at Pizzafest? Contact Operations Specialist, Kyle Ring at or Senior Director of Programming, Ryan Hill at to join the list already confirmed above.

Additional food vendors include Charlie’s Italian Sausage, Grubnight Food Truck, Kona Ice, Mon and Mel’s Sweet Scoops, Pies to Die For and Travelin’ Tom’s Coffee.

Two special VIP experiences will take place during the Pizzafest: Charcuterie and Wine Pairing and Italian Cocktail Tasting.

Pat’s Pizza and Bistro and Domaine Pterion Vineyard & Winery are teaming up to bring you a tasty charcuterie and wine pairing! Take your Pizzafest experience to the next level with this matching of four different wines from Domain Pterion, which specializes in dry European-style wines, with charcuterie hand-picked by Yiannis of Pat’s Pizza and Bistro.

Yiannis and a Domaine Pterion’s winemaker will be on hand to talk through each of the pairings and what makes them go so well together.

ArtsQuest has partnered with Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits and Levy Restaurants to put together a fantastic array of Italian-themed cocktails and light bites, perfect for a little Pizzafest break!

Award-winning mixologist Neil Heimsoth (Mobile Bar H) will be on hand to talk through the histories of the four aperitif-forward cocktails, which include the Aperol Spritz, the Americano, the Garibaldi and the Negroni, and why they’re so good at preparing your pallet for pizza.

The food pairing with the cocktails includes:

  • Pizza Pie Bites | Parmesan Cheese, Roasted Garlic Marinara, Fried Basil, Focaccia Bread
  • Antipasto Pizza Skewers | Ciliegene, Salami, Lemon Oregano Heirloom Tomato, drizzled with house made Herb Oil
  • Italian Da Vinci Ciabatta | Smokey Tomato Jam, Garlic Aioli, Calabrese Pepperoni, Fresh Sliced Mozzarella, Arugula

Both experiences are 21+ only. Tickets for both experiences also include early access to Pizzafest, a special pizza-themed gift, and access to entertainment and food throughout Pizzafest. Tickets are $64 for ArtsQuest members ($74 week of the event) and $69 for non-members ($79 week of the event).

About ArtsQuest


ArtsQuest’s mission is to provide access to exceptional artistic, cultural and educational experiences using arts and culture as key elements of economic development for our urban communities. ArtsQuest™ supports this mission via the presentation of performing and visual arts, film, arts education classes and outreach, youth programming and cultural events.


Through festivals such as its flagship event, Musikfest; the Banana Factory Arts Center; and the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks arts and cultural campus, ArtsQuest’s programming reaches more than 1.9 million people annually. The organization’s programs and events, over 50% of which are free to attend, have a combined economic impact of more than $136 million annually in the region.

Information provided to TVL by:
Jennifer LoConte