Food Truck Information & Application

Eligibility Requirements

Food trucks that are open to the public on a daily basis and are operating within the Greater Cincinnati, 16-county region. Special event only mobile food units will not be accepted.

Criteria for selection is based on the following:

  • Food variety and uniqueness - representing our region’s ethnic and culinary diversity
  • Food and truck quality
  • Compliance with menu items/portion size and general application requirements
  • Must be in good standing with Taste of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
  • The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber and Taste of Cincinnati is committed to the growth of our regions culinary scene and strive to include new and minority owned restaurants.

What to Expect


  • Ability to sustain booth operations during the entirety of the event and can produce at a high volume and withstand production in an outdoor environment
  • Staff – must have necessary labor to staff your booth for the event
  • Set-up / Tear down - vendors are expected to comply with the scheduled set-up and tear-down timelines provided by Taste of Cincinnati

Food/Menu Items

  • Menu items must be on your current menu concurrent to the dates of Taste of Cincinnati
  • A maximum of 5 food items served per food truck
  • Pricing: 2 items must be under $5. No items can exceed $6
  • Food portion must not exceed 5 oz
  • Ability to restock menu items, prep and serve throughout the weekend
  • Applicants are highly encouraged to include a healthy go Vibrant “Vibrant Choice” menu item to help appeal to the growing number of health-conscious Cincinnatians. Go Vibrant items must meet AHA per serving standard of:
    • Total fat 6.5 g or less
    • Saturated Fat 1 g or less
    • Trans Fat 0.5 g or less
    • Cholesterol 20 mg or less
    • Sodium 480 mg or less


  • Space rental and other fees:
    • 3-day event rental fee: $1,200
    • Health permit
    • Electric package
    • Support parking fee
  • Food costs, serving vessels and utensils
  • General operating costs, i.e. labor, equipment rental, propane, etc.

What’s Provided

  • Space for mobile unit
  • Access to electric for your truck. If electric needs are complex, a fee may be assessed
  • Access to water
  • Grease and trash removal
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Opportunity to participate in the Best of Taste awards. Winners will be chosen one month prior to Taste and receive additional promotion leading up to the event. Past winners have experienced an increase in sales during Taste for award winning menu items
  • Opportunity to provide Vibrant Choice menu item(s) and receive recognition as a go Vibrant participating restaurant including the go Vibrant logo next your menu item(s) in the Official Event Guide and on your booth signage; Inclusion in go Vibrant social media efforts (Facebook and Twitter) leading up to Taste of Cincinnati, as well as inclusion in ongoing marketing efforts when referencing Taste of Cincinnati

Rules and Regulations

  • Attend mandatory vendor meeting held in early Spring 2020 for compliance, best practices, and more
  • Participants may not sell beverages of any kind
  • Participants and their employees must always maintain the highest degree of cleanliness and professionalism in their booths and on Taste grounds
  • Menu prices may not be altered during the event
  • Accepted participants must sign and adhere to all regulations listed in the Restaurant Compliance Agreement provided by Taste of Cincinnati

Ready To Apply?

Application Procedures

  • Complete and submit the application at by March 2nd, 2020
  • Certificate of Insurance – a certificate of insurance must be submitted with your application naming the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber as additional insured. Minimum liability amounts are $1,000,000 per occurrence combined single limit general liability insurance. Dates are for Taste of Cincinnati, May 23-25, 2020. Please email the certificate to Spencer Mapes or mail to 3 East 4th Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202, ATTN: Spencer Mapes
  • Applicants will be selected at the sole discretion of the Taste of Cincinnati Committee according to the criteria above and will be notified via email within 3 weeks of the application deadline
  • Accepted applicants will be directed to fill out booth kit information and submit payment





Spencer Mapes
Event Manager, Corporate & Community Events
Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber