HILLIARD, Ohio — The Columbus Food Truck Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary this weekend in a new location at the Franklin County Fairgrounds in Hilliard.
It began on Saturday and continues through Sunday.
The festival showcases delicious and unique food from more than 50 gourmet food trucks from Ohio and across the Midwest.
All of these businesses are eager and excited to finally be able to get back to “business.”
“The mobile food industry relies heavily on events like the Columbus Food Truck Festival to make their bottom lines. The shut-downs impacted this industry tremendously,” said co-organizer Chas Kaplan. “We are glad to be able to help in a small way by holding the festival this year and hope central Ohio foodies come out and support these small businesses.”
The event was originally set to take place along the Scioto Mile in Downtown Columbus but was relocated to the county fairgrounds due to permit timing.
“Planning for such a large-scale event like the Columbus Food Truck Festival is a year-round (endeavor) and the city was holding on event permitting until June due to COVID-19 . . . and we totally understand that,” said co-organizer Mike Gallicchio. "Because we work with over 100 small businesses and entrepreneurs, we owe it to them to give them as much time as possible to make business decisions.”
The festival features live music on two stages with performances by hometown favorites like Angela Perley and The Howlin’ Moons, Willie Phoenix, The Winnie Cooper Project and Anna & The Consequences, officials said on their website.
Tickets are $5 for adults and can be purchased at ColumbusFoodTruckFest.com.
Children 12 years of age and younger receive complimentary admission but must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older. Guests are strongly encouraged to get their tickets before heading to the event as it is anticipated to sell out, officials said.
A portion of the proceeds from the festival will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio and Music Loves Ohio.