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Food Truck and Cart Festival Invades Columbus Commons on Friday

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If there’s one hot trend in the culinary scene right now, it’s mobile dining. Food carts and food trucks have exploded all over Columbus over the past two years, and this Friday they will be celebrated in style. Over 20 local mobile food vendors will be parked Downtown at Columbus Commons starting at 4pm for the Columbus Food Truck & Cart Festival.

“I came up with the idea after seeing other Food Cart Festivals around the country, especially the San Francisco Food Cart Festival,” said Mike Gallichio, Owner of The CGS Group. “I thought that Columbus needed one too, so I brought the idea to Wolf Starr of The Small Business Beanstalk and we approached the folks at Columbus  Commons.”

“These food carts are great local brands and we are proud to help show them off,” added Wolf Starr of The SBB. “The trucks contribute variety and diversity to the culinary scene that compliments our great brick and mortar restaurants well.”

In addition to mobile dining, the event will include on-site beer sales, live music, games for kids and families, local merchant booth and more. A canned food drive will also take place to benefit the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

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“Our goal is simple,” explained Gallichio. “We want to bring a whole bunch of Food Carts and Trucks together in one spot and have some fun.”

“Columbus is becoming a ‘foodie’ city and we wanted to tap into that,” he added.

Food vendors include Mojo TaGo, Pattycake Bakery, Leslie’s Creperie, 3 babes and a Baker, Junior’s Tacos and more. To view the full list of carts and trucks, CLICK HERE.

“Food cart operators stand to benefit from this event in two ways,” said Chas Kaplan, event organizer and planner for the Food Truck and Cart Festival. “One benefit is being a part of our marketing umbrella which has a reach all over Central Ohio. The second benefit is monetary, as the vendors will sell their products at this event while making a Columbus a cooler city.”

The live music lineup includes Maza Blaska, Bicentennial Bear, B. Yonest, The Forties and Six Panel Driver.

“We definitely want to do this again next year,” added Gallichio. “We’re already working on those plans right now!”

Admission is free, and a portion of the proceeds from the event will go to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

More information can be found via Facebook HERE and HERE.

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13 Responses to Food Truck and Cart Festival Invades Columbus Commons on Friday

  1. mbeaumont August 23, 2011 4:47 pm at 4:47 pm

    Looking forward to this and excited to see that there some trucks that we’ll be making their debuts!

  2. OPKAG
    OPKAG August 23, 2011 5:57 pm at 5:57 pm

    UDATE!  Maza Blaska unfortunately is no longer performing at the Columbus Food Truck and Cart fest due to some last minute schedule conflicts, we have another band performing that will be announced soon!

  3. L-Rag August 24, 2011 9:17 am at 9:17 am

    So looking forward to this…

  4. tolemac5050
    tolemac5050 August 24, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am

    Ray Ray’s Hog Pit will be at the usual spot this weekend…

  5. Evelyn Van Til August 24, 2011 2:04 pm at 2:04 pm

    Such an awesome idea and this is the time!
    Wondering if it might be something we could morph into pop up truck courts in various neighborhoods parks, parking lots, or other places where it could maximize community building opportunities?
    So, for example, what if for Gallery Hop the parking lot at 5th and High could be a pop up food truck court and perhaps craft vendors?  something that could be accessible to vendors from Weinland Park, as well as surrounding neighborhoods of the Short North?  Building bridges between areas and bringing out people to celebrate food, art, and community?

  6. OPKAG
    OPKAG August 24, 2011 2:31 pm at 2:31 pm

    Our newest addition to Columbus Food Truck and Cart Fest is Teen Fiction  performing live from 4 to 5pm!!! Don’t be late :-)

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Teen-Fiction/255331627812715

  7. OPKAG
    OPKAG August 24, 2011 8:38 pm at 8:38 pm

    We are looking for volunteers for the Columbus food truck and Cart Fest this Friday from 3:30 – 9pm. All volunteers will get a free Fest t’shirt and food tickets. Please message me personally if you’d like to play an important roll in this event and helping the mid Ohio food bank. – no hard labor more of people skills and directing visitors.

  8. OPKAG
    OPKAG August 25, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am

    UPDATE FOR TOMORROW – PLEASE BRING CASH AS VENDORS ARE ONLY ACCEPTING CASH, Lets avoid the long lines!!! We have TWO atm’s in the park and one accross the street on High at Huntington bank! @foodtruckfest11

  9. OPKAG
    OPKAG August 25, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am

    Hodge Podge from Food Networks Great American Food Truck Race Has Joined our list of Awesome Food Trucks!

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hodge-Podge-Truck/177439012304995

  10. TemporaryCoolBeans August 25, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm

    The food truck event had a great lineup last year (Mike Beaumont’s exciting video, http://vimeo.com/15973065) and much anticipate another great experience!

  11. OPKAG
    OPKAG August 25, 2011 7:30 pm at 7:30 pm

    For those of you coming into downtown tomorrow from Summit Ave/3rd st bridge area, the bridge is under construction and traffic is being diverted onto 670 for just a second then get off on the first exit at Cleveland Ave turn right on Cleveland Ave and drive a few blocks to Rich St then turn right and when you pass over 3rd St the park will be on your right and the garage for parking will be on your left!!! Drive safe and we are looking forward to seeing you tomorrow!!!

  12. Lisa Lisa Lisa August 26, 2011 12:05 am at 12:05 am

    I’m pretty excited about tomorrow!
    I saw something mentioned about free beer sampling? Are we going to taste something from a local brewery?

  13. OPKAG
    OPKAG February 23, 2012 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm

    We are back!! Columbus Food Truck Festival 2012 summer date announcements!
    Our mission is to draw attention to Central Ohio, support our non-profit partners, spotlight the gourmet mobile food movement create community and support/grow our local independent small business owners.
    We will be co-hosting at Park Street Festival this year Saturday June 8th Noon – 8pm! Don’t miss out on one of the biggest parties of the year!
    We moved our Friday May 25th date to Friday July 13th!
    We will be back at the Columbus Commons bigger and better than last year with over 50 food trucks and carts!! Starting at Noon and ending at 10pm!
    More dates to be announced Soon!
    For questions and info please email us from our info@columbusfoodtruckfest.com

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