Food truck fest is Nov. 1 in Brewery District
The Brewery District is the latest neighborhood to embrace the burgeoning food-truck scene.
The first Dia de Los Food Trucks will be held from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 1 in Brewmasters Gate, 450 S. Front St.
The Brewery District Trade Association and Central Ohio Food Truck Association are bringing together 10 to 15 local favorites, including Mojo TaGo, Pitabilities, Tatoheads, Burrito Bus and Ajumama.
Admission is free.
"We are hoping this will be the first of many food-truck happenings in the Brewery District and that it will not only be great for those who live and work in the area, but draws other folks down to the area," said Julie Klein, president of the area's trade association and a performer at Shadowbox.
"There is a lot going on down here," Klein said.
The event also serves as a fundraiser for the food-truck association, which is a nonprofit group.
Brian Reed, owner of Mojo Tago and president of the association, said a portion of money raised from beer sales and food-truck fees will go directly back to the organization's coffers. Organizers hope to make it a monthly event.
"It gives us a platform to showcase our food, showcase our members and show the city how food trucks and business can work together in a positive way," he said.
In addition to food, there will be live entertainment performed by Lovebenders, a pop-rock act that plays cover tunes from all eras of rock 'n' roll, said James Rice, a member of the Brewery District Trade Association and regional marketing manager of World of Beer.
Beer choices will include Miller Lite, Columbus Brewing Co.'s India pale ale, Labatt Blue, Rogue Dead Guy, Woodchuck Amber Cider and Mt. Carmel Brewing Co.'s Harvest Ale.
Rice said he hopes the food-truck festival will be a fun way to give renewed visibility to the Brewery District.
"We saw success of other food truck festivals," Rice said. "We recognize the trend of food trucks and their popularity."