There's been lots of buzz already about the music lineup for this year's Independents' Day festival, Sept. 20-22, which is no surprise because it's pretty super awesome. I happen to be more stoked about the food this year, and that's partly because Umami got to help shape the lineup for this year's fest(!) and partly because I've always got food on the brain. Here's who you'll spot on Saturday:
The Coop: Before the brick-and-mortar Coop Cafe opens in Clintonville, The Coop food truck is the only place to snag chef Angela Theado's famous yak burgers and turducken tacos. Bonus: The Coop will also be out on Friday night for the Nina West-emceed portion of the festival!
Ajumama: Laura Lee's imaginative Korean street food snagged her first place as best food truck in Columbus at this year's Columbus Food Truck and Cart Festival.
Explorers Club: My pick for best newcomer to the food truck scene has actually been around on the Columbus dining scene for a few years. The Merion Village restaurant launched a food cart this year to share their Latin-tinged comfort food with the whole city.
Mashita Noodles: John Franke's industrious little cart serves up steaming bowls of hand-crafted ramen noodles in flavorful broths, with add-ons like soft-cooked eggs.
Tatoheads: This truck is a celebration of the humble potato, with loaded french fries (like chorizo-cheese or spicy meatball) and wraps sided with tater tots.
Freedom a la Cart: The flavorful, veggie-packed sandwiches and salads offered at Freedom a la Cart will leave you with more than just a satisfied tummy. Proceeds from this cart go toward helping victims of human trafficking, so your soul will be satisfied too.
Paddy Wagon: Everything on the menu here comes with a wink and a name inspired by the law. So you've got the 15-to-Life BBQ Brisket Sandwich topped with homemade slaw and the Hot Pursuit wrap filled with Buffalo chicken, cheese, onions and ranch.
Mikey's Late Night Slice: No Columbus festival experience is complete without slices of Spicy Ass Pepperoni or Mushroom with Roasted Garlic from the LNS PizzAssault Truck.
Pattycake Bakery: The Pattycake crew will be serving up a delightful selection of vegan baked goods, like cupcakes, cutout cookies, sandwich cookies and childhood-inspired mini snack cakes.
J-Pops: Hand-crafted, all-natural gourmet ice pops in seasonal favors like Cherry Limeade, Lemon-Basil and Cantaloupe-Mint!
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams: And let's not forget scoops of the city's best ice cream. You're going to need a few sugar rushes to keep you going for the full day of music, so just plan on making a few stops at the Jeni's truck.
Friday-Sunday, Sept. 20-22