August 18, 2019
DineEngine Sponsors 2019 Columbus Food Truck Festival
By DineEngine
Momma Can Cook vehicle surrounded by patrons in front of skyline, Columbus Food Truck Festival

DineEngine was a sponsor of the 2019 Columbus Food Truck Festival, which took place August 16-17 at Bicentennial Park and The Scioto Mile, located in the heart of Downtown Columbus.


Street shot with patrons with city behind, Columbus Food Truck Festival


Food Trucks have come a long way in the past few years, increasingly building a huge customer base in what was a very niche market. As digital foodies, the DineEngine Team was on hand to offer technology advice while indulging in the delicious fare.


Three team members in black DineEngine shirts at Columbus Food Truck Festival

DineEngine Technologists Chelsea, Anthony, and Daniel spreading the word.


Known as the Midwest’s premiere food truck festival, this much anticipated summer event was back for year nine, serving up delicious victuals for all ages on the Scioto Mile.



According to organizers Mike Gallicchio and Chas Kaplan, “The move to the Scioto Mile allowed us to enhance the layout of the festival, and the positive feedback from vendors and guests validated our decision.”


Mike Gallicchio, Columbus Food Truck Festival organizer

Mike Gallicchio, Columbus Food Truck Festival organizer.


“Our mission is to facilitate food tourism and create more vibrancy for Columbus by bringing the Food Truck Festival to the Scioto Mile and Bicentennial Park,” Gallicchio said.



As in the previous year, the festival literally took over the river banks encompassing Bicentennial Park, the Rich Street Bridge, Washington Boulevard and Park, as well as Genoa Park directly behind COSI.


View with crowd and buildings behind, Columbus Food Truck Festival


The two-day event featured over 60 of the best mobile food vendors from throughout the region, arts and crafts vendors, and family activities.



Restaurants on wheels are staying competitive with the latest apps and technology specifically developed for food truck use, allowing food trucks to become more efficient and convenient for customers, increasing revenue.


Three members of the DineEngine team conducting usability study with patron at Columbus Food Truck Festival

The DineEngine Team conducting a usability study with a Columbus Food Truck Festival patron.


In addition, the festival once again partnered with the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Great Duck Race event, and featured a children’s midway in conjunction with the race. Racer Duck purchase benefited The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital with cash prizes awarded to winners.



The fest also partnered with the charity Music Loves Ohio, a local nonprofit that assists aspiring Columbus musicians acquire instruments, pay for summer music camps, and send talented high school students to Berkeley for training.


Funkworthy band performs on Bicentennial Stage, Columbus Food Truck Festival


Live music was featured on the Bicentennial Park Stage, and the Second Stage located on Washington Street on the West side of the river.


Proprietor in yellow shirt says hello from the Jeni's Ice Cream Food Truck


“This year’s event was our biggest and best so far. We don’t have final numbers yet, but we exceeded all expectations,” Gallicchio said. “We feel the Festival and Downtown Columbus are a great fit, and we’re looking forward to our 10th anniversary next August, 14-15, 2020.”


For more information about the Columbus Food Truck Festival, go here.



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