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Columbus Food Truck Festival – Columbus and Hilliard

The Columbus Food Truck Festival not takes place in both Columbus and Hilliard, offering many of the area’s great food trucks with the company of area vendors and plenty of live entertainment.

2024 DATE: July 12-13, 2024
Location: Scioto Peninsula (near COSI)
Columbus, OH

2024 DATE: August 17, 2024
Location: Franklin County Fairgrounds
4100 Columbia St.
Hilliard, OH 43026
Website: https://columbusfoodtruckfest.com/

Author’s Note: I first came to the first Columbus Food Truck Festival in 2011, which you can read about here –

This post documents my experience on August 14, 2015. If you would like to read my 2011 experience, you can find it at https://ohiofestivals.net/48-columbus-food-truck-and-cart-fest-august-26-2011/

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I returned to the Columbus Commons on a Friday afternoon…

…finding the vendors set up…

…and plenty of festival goers eating under an umbrella.

The Columbus Food Truck Festival was in full force!

First thing that I noticed…

…was that there were more food trucks and vendors than the last time I was here…

...over 3 times more (there were nearly 70 compared to 20 in 2011)…

…offering Greek food…

…tacos…

…Indonesian street food…

…schnitzel…

…and dessert.

Along with the beer trucks, they lined up along the Commons border…

…even circling an area off to the side…

…and a parking lot I entirely missed (which is what I get for not bringing my map with me….argh!).

Although many of the trucks had menus up by the order/pickup windows…

 …many still put stand menus out for when the crowds made it harder to read the ones on the truck.

One thing to mention is that, if you wanted to try a food truck for the first time, there was the possibility of a varied or special menu for the festival (I was really hoping to try their bone-in hot chicken)…

…so it was good to either have a backup plan or be spontaneous in your eating.

Going down the middle of the Commons were two rows of vendors…

…and they sold soap…

…jewelry…

…apparel…

…and funky birdhouses.

They even offered valuable tours through Columbus’s food scene (Columbus Food Adventures).

Early birds were able to stake a place with lawn chairs…

…or a tent…

…and enjoy the musical entertainment up close.

What knows?

You might even catch a wedding party crashing through…

…to get their photos taken at the carrousel.