A message to our fellow Food Truck Fest Enthusiasts,


As we learned last year nothing is for certain and neither is 2021, BUT we are planning “as if” it’s going to happen August 20-21, 2021 with the same passion and organization as years past. It’s important for us to get the word out now for sake of vendors, staff and volunteer scheduling as planning of an operation this large of a scale takes over 7 months of planning each year. The most important reason for wanting to host this festival in 2021 (our 10th Anniversary the Redux) is for the small business owners the  vendors, with over 70 food trucks and 30 crafters and 20 Bands from all over the state and country. Each come to our festival and our city with hopes to share their TLC through their product. The pocket books of these small business owners have been hit harder than any other industry as the entertainment industry has been almost completely shut down since March 2020. We want to host a successful event for all of them and, of course, for the people of Ohio and Columbus. We know the struggles every single person has gone through and WE WANT TO DO THIS FOR YOU! You need sunshine, fun, food, family, music and and an all around good time to lift spirits! I personally want to experience that as well! When the Columbus Food Truck Festival returns we will do just that for you!

We plan to celebrate our 10th Anniversary Redux with the same gusto and passion that we have shown you for the last 11 years and we are positive the Food Trucks, Crafters and Bands will do exactly the same! 

Guests should expect the festival to be as safe as safe can be especially if we are still living within a pandemic by August 2021.  The Columbus Food Truck Festival and all vendors will be following all CDC, Ohio Public Health and Columbus Public Health Guidelines put forth to us (as an outdoor festival) to follow. The Columbus Food Truck Festivals takes over 7 months of planning to achieve the beautiful, fun and safe event environment that it has always been and which we pride ourselves on.  That is the reason we are launching the Save The Date now in order to get the ball rolling and to learn about every single step and precaution that needs to be taken in order to have the most safe and comfortable festival that our attendees deserve! Please keep an eye on on this website and all our social media outlets over the coming months and prior to the festival  with what to expect in regards to everything and of course how we intend on hosting a safe environment for all. 



We’ve anguished the last few months over our decision regarding The Columbus Food Truck Fest this summer. We wanted to make the best decision for the people of Central Ohio and all the small business owners that participate. So it is with a heavy heart that we announce that there will be no Columbus Food truck Festival this August due to Covid-19. We could not guarantee the Festival would be up to the standards that we take pride in delivering. We did not want patrons or purveyors to have to make difficult decisions about their health or the health of their family.

We take great pride that all of you have responded so well to the 9 prior years of The Columbus Food Truck Festival. We do not take lightly the trust you put in us as we try to deliver the best food truck festival experience. We will miss your smiling faces. We will miss friends and families getting together and eating some of the best mobile food Ohio and the Midwest have to offer.

We remind you all during these difficult times to please support your Local Food Trucks and Local Craft vendors. We are all in this together and we will all get through this together.

We look forward to producing The Columbus Food Truck Festival in 2021 so please look for our 2021 date announcements coming this fall and we look forward to seeing all your smiling faces once again.

Sincerely and with Love,
The entire Columbus Food Truck Festival Family

A Message Regarding Columbus Food Truck Festival.


We wanted to provide an update to our community and partners regarding our plans in light of coronavirus/COVID-19.

Our first priority has always been and will continue to be the safety and well-being of our Festival-goers, Vendors, Artists, and Partners.

Based on the latest information and the considerable amount of time to assess and respond to developments between now and August, we are planning to proceed with Columbus Food Truck Festival as planned.

We are continually monitoring this current situation and are closely following developments and updated information from Governor DeWineʼs Office, the Ohio Department of Health, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

As the current situation further develops we will make adjustments accordingly. To put your mind at ease, in the event that the event is cancelled we will refund ticket buyers, vendors, and artisans. Please follow our Facebook page for the latest updates.

Thank you for your support and we are all hoping to get back to normal as soon as possible and have a fun and fabulous summer events season.

The 9th Annual Columbus Food Truck Festival on the Scioto Mile & Bicentennial Park

Friday August 16th Saturday August 17th 11 am – 11 pm (Free Entry for All Ages)

COLUMBUS, OHIO– The much anticipated summer foodie event, the Columbus Food Truck Festival, is back for year 9 and is serving up delicious fun for all ages on the Scioto Mile. According to festival organizers Mike Gallicchio and Chas Kaplan,

“The move to the Scioto Mile in enabled us to enhance the layout of the festival. The feedback received from both guests and vendors validated our decision. People loved the move and we are happy to be back!”

As in the previous year, the festival will literally take-over the river banks encompassing Bicentennial Park, the Rich Street Bridge, Washington Boulevard and Park as well as Genoa Park that sits directly behind COSI. In addition, the festival will once again be partnering with the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Great Duck Race charitable event.

We are also thrilled to have another charitable partnership with Music Loves Ohio: Music Loves Ohio is a wonderful local nonprofit that helps young, aspiring Columbus musicians in all sorts of amazing ways. They’ve given out free instruments, they’ve paid for summer music camps and they’ve sent talented young high school students to Berkeley for training. They are awesome people with the goal of making music attainable and affordable for all Columbus kids.

The two-day event, named Best Foodie Event in the state by Ohio Magazine 2017, will feature over 60 of the best food mobile food vendors from throughout the region, arts and crafts vendors, family activities and dozens of bands on two stages. There will also be a children’s midway on Saturday in conjunction with the Great Duck Race.

Hours and Cost:
– Free to attend – all ages
– Kids fun day is 11am-6pm Saturday
– Hours of Operation 11am – 11pm August 16-17, 2019

Want to volunteer – Visit https://columbusfoodtruckfest.com/

“Our mission is to facilitate food tourism and create more vibrancy for our great city” We are very excited about new location move and look forward to bringing the ultimate foodie experience to the Scioto Mile and Bicentennial Park” says Mike Gallicchio & Chas Kaplan.

This past festival we partnered with Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Columbus Duck Race – Nationwide Children’s Hospital to help raise money while working with an exceptional and caring group of volunteers!

Today we donated $2,222.50 for volunteers worked and added that to 8400 total ducks sold at $5 each bringing the amount raised by our partnership to roughly $55,000!!!!! This partnership will continue for years to come and hopefully we will be able to raise more every festival!

We could not be more proud of everyone that volunteered, worked, served food, played music or just hung out at this years event, you should also be very proud! We couldn’t do this without you, THANK YOU!

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