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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, [...]
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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.

Loco Sweets

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.

Babanzo Falafel

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: Enas 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.

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10 unique vendors announced for Hilliard’s community market

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They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but that's not the case with one local city. A brand new community market is coming soon to Old Hilliard!

Center Street Market, a new community market, set to open next month with the intention to support local food and retail vendors, according to its Facebook

So far, 10 vendors have been announced: Al’s Delicious Popcorn, Bakes by Lo, the Cheesecake Girl, Coffee Connections of Hilliard, Dumplings of Fury, Legacy Station (from the owners of Legacy Smokehouse), Meatball Mafia, Pitabilities, Rime Time Curiously Crafted Pops, and Serendipity.

Scroll down to see photos and learn more about these vendors.

For more information on the Center Street Market anchor, Crooked Can Brewing Company, click here.

Al’s Delicious Popcorn

Al's Delicious Popcorn offers 60+ flavors of gourmet popcorn in a variety of colors and sizes.

Bakes by Lo

Serving up specially handmade decorated cookies to satisfy your sweet tooth.

The Cheesecake Girl

Creative made-from-scratch cheesecakes made locally and deliciously.

Coffee Connections of Hilliard

Fresh locally roasted coffee and espresso, teas, chai, bagels, donuts, muffins, scones, cookies, full catering services and more.

Dumplings of Fury

Tender, succulent, traditional dim sum.

Legacy Station (from the owners of Legacy Smokehouse)

Experience the Tradition of Central Texas Barbecue at Legacy Smokehouse. Bringing a little taste of Central Texas to Central Ohio.

Meatball Mafia

Two-time Food Truck Fest winner, Meatball Mafia offers hot, juicy meatballs smothered in cheese and sauce.

Pitabilities

Mediterranean and American flavors at Pitabilities, with fresh ingredients made-to-order just the way you like it.

Rime Time Curiously Crafted Pops

Creative popsicles Seasonal produce, specialty ingredients, and creative pops. Made with science, delivered on wheels, eaten with love.

Serendipity

Serendipity; The art of happy discoveries will offer vintage, repurposed, and handcrafted home decor, gifts and furniture.

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Insanely creative ice cream shop now treating Short North

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A Mexican-style ice creamery is now open in the Short North.

Dulce Vida Ice Cream Factory opened its doors for the first time Thursday at 1127 N High St. 

The unique, family-owned ice cream shop specializes in unique, fruit-forward treats like the "Crazy Pineapple," berry paletas, and Mangonada. Dulce Vida also serves hot foods like Mexican Street Corn, tamales, walking tacos, and tortas.

Dulce Vida also has locations at 4201 W Broad St. and 6140 Cleveland Ave. See way more offerings on Instagram.

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Hilliard’s 1st brewery is finally tapped

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Hilliard's first brewery is officially open! Hop heads can now gather at Crooked Can, an Orlando-based brewery located at 5354 Center St.

The 4,000-square-foot taproom currently has a handful of brews available, with plans to roll out a total of 16 in the future.

When the weather improves, guests can enjoy their High Stepper American IPAs and McSwagger’s Own Amber Ales on Crooked Can's 7,000-square-foot patio.

The brewery anchors Hilliard's Center Street Market, expected to open in March.

Through final construction projects, Crooked Can will be open 5-10 p.m. Mon.-Thu.; 4-11 p.m. Fri.; 2-11 p.m. Sat. and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun.

For more information, visit crookedcanohio.com.

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