Food trucks park at new vending zone in Washington Park

CINCINNATI - Hungry Tri-State residents can grab food on the go when food trucks park in the new mobile food vending zone in Washington Park Friday.

Twelve food trucks will be at vending zone on Elm Street across from Music Hall, 1243 Elm St., beginning at 11:15 a.m.

The food trucks come after Cincinnati City Council member Laure Quinlivan's Mobile Food Vending Program in 2010. Since then, the program expanded to Fountain Square, the Purple People Bridge, Washington Park and Over-the-Rhine. There are nearly 30 food trucks that operate in Cincinnati.

Quinlivan will be on hand to dedicate Washington Park's new vending zone. The event corresponds with an already busy day in the park as the School for the Creative and Performing Arts hosts a lunch concert series at 12:40 p.m. and bikers picnic at noon to celebrate National Bike to Work Day.

"Washington Park is a beautiful place to grab a bite to eat and watch the show," Quinlivan said in a news release. "Nearly every park in Europe has a place for citizens to eat and drink, and that's what I hope to see in all our Cincinnati Parks, eventually."

The food trucks are available at the locations from 6 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., seven days a week.

The city hopes to give the Queen City's residents and visitors some more dining options, not just during the week, but around major events and other times when crowds are drawn to the area.

Operators have to obtain a $185 Health Department license and prove they have $1 million in liability insurance. The fee to apply for a permit is $25 and the actual permit costs $400 for a vehicle up to six feet long and $800 for one between six and 27 feet in length.

"We continue to receive a tremendous amount of positive feedback from citizens and vendors who love the healthy, affordable food choices offered by mobile vendors," Quinlivan said.

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