In 2014, the city of Columbus formed a Mobile Food Advisory Board including a mix of city government officials, members of the mobile food community and some members of the general public. The purpose of the group is to update and revise rules and regulations for mobile food vendors in Columbus. It is an ongoing process but one of the initial results was to provide spaces in the public right way for mobile vendors to set up to serve the public as well as a way to schedule and locate these vendors. This program, known as the Columbus Mobile Vendor Program launched in March of 2015 and will continue to expand. The program web page lists locations where you can find mobile food vendors with information on the name of the vendor and the hours they will be at the designated site. Additional locations will be added over time and more vendors will participate as the program proves itself (and more people become aware of it). You can find a link to the website below.
Columbus Mobile Food Vendor Program – http://colsmfv.com
And you can also find some information on current locations via twitter – http://twitter.com/Colsmfv
Sites include locations by the City of Columbus Courthouse, Nationwide Arena, The Brewery District and elsewhere in central Columbus (downtown and The Short North). Shifts are currently 10 – 4 pm (Lunch), 4 to 10 pm (select locations) and 10 pm to 3 am (Late Night). In addition to sites listed on this new web page, there are parking areas in the city which have been reserved for mobile food vendors to park during off-peak traffic times.
We look forward to watching this program grow and evolve over time and we hope people will embrace it as a way to show the country that Columbus is the most cutting edge mobile food community in the nation.