This Is Why Food Trucks Will Take Over The Banks Thursday

Apr 18, 2018

Downtown diners will have a chance Thursday to preview some of the food trucks participating in this year's Taste of Cincinnati event.

Sixteen food trucks will line Second Street between Rosa Parks and Race streets from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. April 19 as a means to hype the larger Taste of Cincinnati event, happening May 26-28. On Thursday, vendors will only serve food also being dished up at the marquee May event. 

"It's not a free lunch, but it will be a good lunch," says Rich Walburg, communications director for Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, which hosts the event. "There will be a variety of trucks -- more than last year."

While Taste of Cincinnati got its start in 1979, food trucks didn't enter the picture until 2014, Walburg says. 

Crowds gather at a previous Taste of Cincinnati food truck event.
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Thursday's event includes four new participants, listed in bold below. The full lineup includes: 

  • Adena's Beefstroll
  • Best Thing Smokin
  • The Chili Hut 
  • Empanadas Aqui
  • Hungry Bros.
  • Just Jerks 
  • Packhouse
  • Quite Frankly 
  • Red Sesame 
  • Rovey's Turkey 
  • S.E.A. Cuisine 
  • Slice Slice Baby
  • Sugar Snap! 
  • Sweets & Meats BBQ
  • streetpops
  • Wicked Hickory 

More than 50 food trucks and restaurants are scheduled to participate in the main May event, which will take over Main to Sentinel streets and the ramps to I-71 and Columbia Parkway. Over 30 musical acts also are scheduled to perform that weekend. 

Taste of Cincinnati takes place Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27 from 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. and Monday, May 28 from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Learn more at