Local Food Trucks Host Drive-Thru Rally This Sunday at Mapfre

Sophia Englehart

As the warm days of summer begin and the Covid-19 pandemic continues, some businesses are developing innovative ways to stay afloat and celebrate summertime, all while practicing social distancing.

On Sunday, June 14, (aka 614 Day) the Ohio Food Truck Rally is partnering with Can't Stop Columbus, StreetFoodFinder.com and Columbus Crew SC to launch CBUS Truckside, a drive-thru food truck rally, taking place at Mapfre Stadium (One Black and Gold Blvd.) from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

“It's the spirit of Columbus, right? It's awesome,” said event organizer Steve Flaherty in a phone interview. 

Flaherty, who owns and operates Yumii Kettle Corn Co. with his wife, Rachel, says they originally came up with the idea for CBUS Truckside as a way to benefit fellow food truck owners. 

The event will feature trucks such as Cupzilla Korean Barbeque, Creole 2 Geaux, Kenny’s Meat Wagon, The Wicked Lobstah and many more. Carryout beer will also be available. Customers can preorder online through StreetFoodFinder.com, which is now live. On Sunday, rally attendees can drive up to pick up their order or order in person.

Founded five years ago, 614 Day brings together Columbus businesses and restaurants each year on June 14 to show their pride for the community by showcasing local bands, art and food.

This year, 614 Day will include a series of three events. In addition to CBUS Truckside, the day will feature livestreamed music from noon to 9 p.m., and 614 Marketplace, an online flea market that will be live from noon to 3 p.m.

While CBUS Truckside is one of the first food truck rallies of the year, Flaherty hopes that it won’t be the last. 

“There's amazing stuff happening in Indianapolis, Nashville, Austin, you name it, but there's just a different degree that makes Columbus unique,” Flaherty says. “To me, it's the Midwest spirit of being neighborly and helping each other out.”