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After three years at the Franklin County Fairgrounds in Hilliard, the Columbus Food Truck Festival returns downtown this weekend — or at least closer.

The 13th annual showcase of Ohio’s food truck scene takes place Friday and Saturday in Franklinton and includes 47 trucks and carts from Columbus and other parts of the state.

The food, music and other attractions aren’t leaving Hilliard forever, though. A one-day continuation of this weekend’s festival is planned for August 17 at the fairgrounds. Here’s everything you need to know about Friday and Saturday’s events.

Details, please!

The festival takes place on the Scioto Peninsula on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free, but food and drinks are not.

Food isn’t the only attraction. There are two stages where 17 bands will play both days. Friday’s headliner, scheduled to perform on the main stage from 7:15-8:45 p.m., is ’90s rap cover band Winnie Cooper Project. Saturday’s headliner, scheduled to perform on the same stage at the same time, is neo-funk band MojoFlo. The full musical lineup can be found at

There’s also a kids’ activity area on the Rich Street Bridge, craft vendors, and the Columbus Vintage Exchange with retro clothing, toys, vinyl, and more.

Chairs, blankets and tents to be set up on the festival grounds are permitted, but cool boxes are not permitted.

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What kind of food can I get?

A better question is what kind of food tilt You get it? The answer: no one seems to be serving Icelandic food this weekend.

But the 47 food trucks on the list serve, in alphabetical but not exhaustive order, alligator bites, baba ganoush, Bahama mamas, banh mi, birria, bratwurst, brisket, bulgogi, burgers, burritos, catfish, cheesesteaks, chicken tikka masala, crab rangoon, crunchwraps, spring rolls, empanadas, falafel, fish tacos, french fries, fried pork chop sandwiches, fried rice, grilled cheese, gyros, hibachi, jerk chicken, jollof rice, jumbo shrimp, loaded tots, lobster rolls, mac and cheese, nachos, noodles, pakora, pizza, pulled pork, quesadillas, ribs, samosas, shawarma, spam musubi, stuffed pretzels, sub sandwiches, tacos, tempura shrimp, turkey legs, wings and wraps.

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If you’re craving something sweet, there’s cheesecake, cookies, cupcakes, donuts, funnel cakes, gelato, ice cream, macarons and popsicles.

Where will the food trucks be parked?

The Scioto Peninsula is located south of COSI on the Franklinton side of the Scioto River. Trucks are parked along Town Street, Belle Street, and Washington Boulevard.

The full list of locations is available at

Where can I park?

Parking on the Franklinton side of the river is the best option unless you feel like a bit of a walk from Downtown. You can reserve a spot in the city-owned parking garages in advance by clicking on a link on the festival website. There are also several private parking garages around Broad Street and south toward COSI and the Junto Hotel.

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On Friday and Saturday, be sure to look for kiosks or signs nearby with QR codes to pay for on-street parking.

Is rain forecast for both days?

Friday looks good. The National Weather Service says it will be sunny all day, with highs of 32 degrees.

Bring your sunglasses for Saturday as the weather forecast promises sunshine all day and a maximum temperature of 33 degrees.

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