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Ohio Village Family Food Truck Festival, August 23rd and 24th

16 Jul

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The Ohio Historical Society had a rebrand this summer to The Ohio History Connection, but the change in name has not meant a change in a food truck appreciation and focus. Some of the earliest food truck events in Columbus were held at their address on 17th Ave. and this summer that tradition continues.

A parking fee of $6 gets everyone you can fit in your vehicle into the event. Once there, guests have full access to all of the museum exhibits at no charge as well as kid friendly games and activities including a bounce house. Or you can meander among the craft vendors between meals while listening to bands throughout the day.

Bands playing at the event include:

Bad Medicine
The Shazzbots
Sybling Rivalry
Three Ton Toad

The mobile food line up has plenty of dessert options including Culvers, Jeni’s, Sweet! Mobile Cupcakery , Go Cupcake and Funnel Cake Station.

Food options include Pitabilities, Flattop Pizza, Tatoheads and more.

For more information and updates check this link -> 2014 Ohio Family Food Truck Festival

Columbus Food Truck and Cart Festival 2013

14 Aug

Columbus Food Truck festival

This year the Columbus Food Truck and Cart Festival is bigger and better than ever. For the first time the festival spans two days — August 16th and 17th.

There will be 43 food trucks and carts as well as local bands, crafts and local businesses and non-profits and of course — beer! There will be lines at peak hours for the popular trucks, but there’s plenty of space to relax, find a space on the grass and enjoy your food and some local music.

The festival is Friday and Saturday at the Columbus Commons from noon – 10 pm. There’s a parking garage underneath the Commons and plenty of parking in the surrounding area.

The Columbus Commons, 160 S. High Street, Columbus, OH

The festival offers over 43 of central Ohio’s best food trucks and carts, over 30 arts and crafts vendors, Live Music all day both days, onsite beer sales, games for kids and families, and raffle prizes with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio. Free admission for everyone and all ages welcome.

There are all kinds of foods to choose from. Some of our picks are: That Food Truck, Sweet Carrot, Los Potosinos, The Coop, Sublime Smoke, Paddy Wagon, Red Snapper and Dave’s Jamaican food. We’re looking forward to trying some of the newer and out of town trucks like Not Guilty from Athens Ohio.  Here’s the map to help you find your way around.

Columbus food truck festival map 2013


Food (Truck) Food Fight: June 25th 10 am to 6 pm at Columbus State Community College

14 Jun

Food Fight June 25th

Food Trucks Giving November 30th 11 am to 10 pm

19 Nov

More details at the Food Fort website.

That Food Pod Oct 27th: Per Zoot-a-Thon “Save the Short Bus”

10 Oct

The boys from That Food Truck are teaming up with some of their mobile food friends to do an all out event at their nightly spot at Gay Street and Grant Avenue (new the Grass Skirt and soon to open Hills Market Downtown). The All-Star line up includes: Blu Olive, OH! Burgers, Sophie’s Pierogi, Flat Top Pizza Co, That Food Truck and more to be announced.

That Food Pod will run from 5 to 10 pm. In a nod to all hallows eve there will be trick or treating (or trucking) from truck to truck throughout the night.

Looking at the above, it reads like a typical Food Truck event with a few twists but this one has a special mission. Fellow Food Forter and Mobile food pal Per Zoot has hit a patch of operational bad luck. The Per Zoot truck is out of service due to multiple mechanical issues. If a truck can not move, it can’t serve to earn money, so owner Matt Swint is pursuing other projects in the meantime. His friends wanted to help him out to help save the “the short bus” so that Matt can get Per Zoot back in shape for special events and some weekend work. Tips from each mobile vendor at the PerZootaThon will go to the Save The Short Bus Fund.

Burger Wars at Zauber Brewing Oct. 5th

29 Sep

In case you missed the Food Truck and Cart Fest at Columbus Commons on the 27th, don’t despair, you live in Columbus, so chances of a conglomeration of local, mobile vendors coming to a parking lot near you is always good. In case you are concerned about “yet another food truck event” have no fear, Zauber Brewing is here offering six vendors taking a new twist on an American classic – the hamburger.

The trash talking among the competitors for the burger competition has been intense so keep at eye out on Twitter as the intensity of burger barbs increases. The best one to track for the trash talk is @Street_Thyme or the hashtag #Burgerwars.

And since man (or woman) can not live by burger alone, The Cake Chick with be there with Cake Pops and Tatoheads will be on site to add the extra carbohydrates via potatoes in many forms.

The celebrity panel of judges for the best burger competition includes: Monica Day – NBC 4, Shelley Mann – editor of Crave Magazine, Chef David Maclennan, Danielle Elias – WBNS 10TV and reformed food trucker, Rick Harrison Wolfe now from The Wolfe Group.

The crowd will be able to vote for the most creative burger at Burger Wars.

Food Truck Festival September 28th

20 Sep

columbus commons food truck festival

If you enjoyed the food truck festival at Columbus Commons in July, you’ve got another opportunity to try new trucks and find your favorites. Free Admission, access to over 30 of central Ohio’s best food trucks and carts, and over 20 Arts & Crafts vendors. A portion of the proceeds benefit Music Loves Ohio and live music will be provided by Sound Playground and Travelers by Dawn. You can also buy beer and enjoy games for kids and families.

Local Foods Week 2012

13 Aug

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Local Foods Week kicked off on Saturday. This annual celebration, organized by Local Matters, offers some great events for mobile food fans.

Tuesday through Thursday, Columbus Food Adventures offers Local Foods Week tours that includes a stop at That Food Truck as well as Brothers Drake Meadery and several restaurants who focus on local sourcing.

Dinin’ Hall have declared it ‘Local Street Food Week’ and are encouraging their resident trucks to include menu items with locally sourced content. On Tuesday and Friday they will be hosting Local Matters educators who will be offering advice on gardening and cooking, and will also have activities for kids aged 5-15.

Here are a few of the Local Foods Week special menu items at Dinin’ Hall:

•Sweet Carrot: Fried green tomatoes on corn cakes (Sweet Carrot will be at Dinin’ Hall on August 20)
•Earth’s Crust: Plain cheese pizza with garden tomato sauce, cheeses from Kokoborrego cheese company, and Ohio Farm direct’s grass-fed cheeses.  Also, pepperoni pizza with Bluescreek farm’s all-beef pepperoni. (Earth Crust will be at Dinin’ Hall on August 17)
•Freedom a la Cart: tomato and basil salad, gazpacho (Freedom will be at Dinin’ Hall on August 16)

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On Friday evening, August 17th, The Food Fort at ECDI will be celebrating the Grand Opening of its new commercial kitchen with Food Fort Fest from 5-9pm. Food Fort will be showing off their new incubator kitchen spaces in the Eddie Grayson Culinary Lab with tours and samples from some of their kitchen clients. Guests of the Food Fort Fest will have the opportunity to enjoy signature dishes from several of the resident mobile vendors including Pitabilities, Ajumama, OH! Burgers, Per Zoot, and Kenny’s Meat Wagon. There will be kids activities and a DJ. The Food Fort at ECDI is located at 1655 Old Leonard Avenue in Columbus.

We’d also like to give a shout out to some of the trucks that try to source locally as much as they can all of the time. We’re sure this isn’t a comprehensive list, so we welcome other trucks to add comments about their local sourcing cred.

The Cooplocal foods week columbus 2012
Sweet Carrot
Mya’s Fried chicken
That Food Truck
Freedom a la Cart
Earth’s Crust
Blu Olive
Cheesey Truck

Food Truck Season 2012

6 Apr

columbus street food events

Food truck season has well and truly kicked off in Columbus, with new truck openings picking up pace and lots of food truck events scheduled. Street Thyme, Sweet Carrot and Per Zoot have already debuted recently, and we’re expecting a few more trucks to open yet in April (including Blu Olive, Soph’s gastrogi and Ajumama)

We will do our best to keep you updated of food truck news and events during the season via the website and on twitter and facebook. Feel free to add other food truck events in the comments. You can also check our twitter list for individual trucks updates.

Monthly/Weekly Events:

Food truck and cart hop. Parsons Ave, last Sunday of the month from 12pm-6pm is the Food Truck and Cart Hop located at the Southwest Corner of Parsons and Gates in Merion Village.

Mobile Monday’s at the St James Tavern (weekly schedule) Usually 6.30pm onwards. A different truck to try each week and $1 beer specials at the St. James. April line up.

Food Truck Friday Night at the Hudson St Market 6-10pm (starting April 13th)

Dinin’ Hall opens April 30th. Food truck pod in Franklinton offering lunch daily.

Surf and Trucks Tuesdays at The Hills Market (starting May 1st)

Columbus Food Adventures taco truck tours. Every Sunday 4pm. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Here are some other dates for your calendars:

OHS 35th Annual Spring Arts Festival will be held April 15, 2012, 12pm-4pm at Olentangy High School –
Lewis Center, Ohio 43035. Food carts/trucks include, Batch, Mojo TaGo, Pitabilities, Short North Bagel, Street Thyme, The Cheesy Truck, and Yellow Boy’s Polish Boy’s.

food truck events columbus

Earth Day Celebration (Columbus Commons) April 21st 11am-10pm

Columbus Underground Meet up at Dinin’ Hall featuring Pitabilities, Street Thyme and Ajumama. May 5th 5.30-8.30pm

Spring Flea, the annual open-air benefit for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, is
Sunday May 6, 2012 in the Short North at 1024 N. High St. (at E. 2nd
Ave.). Vendors include: Jeni’s (all proceeds from scoops will go the
Foodbank) & Freedom A La Cart (incredible Latin-leaning street food).

Columbus Arts Festival June 1st-3rd

Food truck round up at Park Street Festival June 9th Noon-8pm

street food events columbus

Columbus Commons Food Truck Festival July 13th

Columbus Food Truck and Cart Festival at Ohio Village August 25th and 26th 

Mobile Monday Continues at St. James Tavern

22 Mar

Spring has sprung. While this is normally the beginning of the Mobile Food season, our mild to non-existent winter meant the season never ended for some strong-willed wheeled chefs. A project to battles the meh’ of winter and add some fun on Monday’s was Mobile Monday at the St. James. Each week features a different mobile food vendor and a $1 per can mystery beer special. The series survived the winter and will continue through the spring. Each Monday from 6:30 to 9:30 you can expect a food truck or cart parked by the St. James Tavern to serve supper for your enjoyment.

The line up for the next three weeks is:

March 26th
Kolache Republic

April 2nd
Late Night Slice

April 9th
Short North Bagel Deli

Trucks and carts expected in April and beyond include: Per Zoot, Ajumama, Burrito Bus and more.

St. James continues to serve as a mobile hub with regular appearances by Tatoheads on the weekends and the return of Yellow Boy Polish Boys slated soon as well.

St. James Tavern
1057 N 4th Street
Italian Village


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