A mini guide to the biggest mobile food fest in the all the land.
Once again, Columbus is the site of the largest gathering of food trucks in the Midwest. As a region known for indulging our bread baskets, that’s no small feat. The Seventh Annual Columbus Food Truck Festival rolls into the capital city, downtown on the Scioto Mile and at Bicentennial Park on Friday, August 17th, and Saturday August 18th. The fest will run on eight cylinders from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and entry is free! All you need to bring is an empty tummy.
Craving a sweet treat? Loco Sweets has your south of the border bases covered when it comes to your after-dinner desires. Refreshing fruit paletas are only $3, and the choices only get more fun from there. Cheesecake Chimichangas and Churros Locos are intriguing enough to make us want to buy them both, but do we dare indulge? The churros come with dippable sides, but we like to bend the rules and dip them in our waffle cones with an extra scoop. We’ll sweat all that summer weight off, anyway.
Chicky Chicky Waffle
Waffle-battered, you say? AND served on waffles? Possibly the only addition that could make fried chicken even better than it already is… Chicky Chicky Waffle has taken a tried-and-true recipe for success, and made it wholly their own. Using touches of flair like spicy maple syrup and pumpkin fries, Chicky Chicky makes slammin’ fare of sweet and savory flavor combos.
Shawarma, Kebab, Fattoush, Falafel! The Babanzo menu is almost as fun to say as it is to eat! Cooking up the delights of his home country of Jordan, owner Salah Al-Soudani is an accomplished heating and cooling engineer, but his heart lay in his recipe books. With encouragement from family and friends, he decided to grace Columbus with his Middle Eastern classic flavor combinations full-time.
Sweet Tooth Twisted Ice Cream
The guys behind Sweet Tooth have a combined culinary background, but still realize that there’s nothing quite like a cool ice cream cone on a summer day. While you wait in line for Asian-fusion-vegan-kale-burger-taco-waffles at one truck, you can count on the guys at Sweet Tooth to bring it back home for a moment of nostalgia with their customs soft serve and hard serve flavors.
Momma Can Cook
From grilled sweet corn to adobo chicken bowls, the food that Momma makes, makes us happy. Whether this family business is parked at Pins Mechanical Co. downtown or in Dublin, or they’re attending food truck fests, this comfort food made fresh will keep all those beers in your belly company while you wait for your turn in duckpin bowling.
The Tasty Good
If you ever want comfort food, what better way to go back than to eat your favorite childhood foods? Kid’s menu lovers everywhere rejoice at the sight of Tasty Good’s offerings. Chicken fingers, mac-n-cheese, special sauces, and sweet rolls. When your belly wants home, Tasty Good marks the spot.
Just Jerks: Ena’s Jamaican Grill
The culinary genius of Ms. Ena branches out in a family tree of Jamaican cuisine meal tickets on wheels. Visit her brick-and-mortar on Cleveland and Myrtle avenues, and save some space in your belly for her food truck, headed by her sons. Jerk cuisine is a family affair. But lucky for Columbus, they’re willing to grace us with their goodness.