The Columbus Food Truck Festival Will Return Next Month At A New Venue

Columbus Food Truck Fest is back for another year.

The festival is celebrating ten years and this year, it will move to a new location. The Columbus Food Truck Fest will take place on Saturday August 21 and Sunda, August 22 at the Franklin County Fairgrounds.

The venue change occurred primarily 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 in a press release. “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.”

In addition to the venue change, the festival will also feature enhanced safety protocols and the festival will now be a ticketed event.

“Ticketing the event allows us to control the flow of guests into the festival to prevent it from overcrowding,” said Co-organizer Chas Kaplan in the press release. “It also allows us to plan better for seating areas and other accommodations like hand-washing stations and restroom facilities.”

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There will be 50+ gourmet food trucks from Ohio and the Midwest participating in this year’s fest. In addition to the food, there will be artisans and crafters as well as two stages with live music performance from local favorites like Angela Perley and The Howlin’ Moons, Willie Phoenix, The Winnie Cooper Project, and Anna & The Consequences.

The festival is fun to attend for the whole family. In fact, there will be an entire activity area for the kiddos at the Hilliard Historical Village, located on the fairgrounds.

There will be increased handwashing stations, covered seating areas, and complimentary onsite parking, although parking will be limited and on a first come, first served basis for ticket holders.

Speaking of tickets, they are $5 for adults and can be purchased at Kids 12 and under are free but must be accompanied by an adult.

A portion of the proceeds from the festival benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio and Music Loves Ohio. Both non-profits have an established history of serving children and families in and around Central Ohio.

For more info or to see the festivals COVID-19 guidelines, you can visit their website here.

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