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2019 Columbus Mobile Food Conference & Expo


Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 11:00 AM - Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 5:00 PM (EST)

2019 Columbus Mobile Food Conference & Expo

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Purchase all 8 panels with one click of the button.
ALL 8 Panels with on purchase! Please see the details for all panels in their descriptions below. With this specific purchase you will not be about to register for other people only Yourself. If you have more people with you please select each individual panel and purchase that way.
Mar 9, 2019 $200.00 $13.80
Workshop #1
Workshop #1 - LOW TICKET ALERT!---11am start - will focus on "why get into the mobile food industry" How to survive your first year" Panelists will consist of successful first and second year vendors discussing their ups and downs during this incredible leap into the mobile food industry. *Limited seating available.
Mar 9, 2019 $25.00 $3.16
Workshop #2
Workshop #2 - 12:30pm start - Everyone needs the proper Permitting to open your service window! "Health Department, Fire (Lt. Armstrong) and City codes and permitting" Panelists will consist of fire, health and public safety inspectors that are experts in their field and will help you begin this journey the right way and up to code. *Limited seating available.
Mar 9, 2019 $25.00 $3.16
Workshop #3
Workshop #3 - 2pm start- is Business Management and Accounting from Jeff Balmer at Buckeye CPA, Jeff represents and works with many small and large private business owners including many within the Mobile Food Industry and will be able to get you started or fix any past tax/accounting problems you may have run into. *Limited seating available.
Mar 9, 2019 $25.00 $3.16
Workshop #4
Workshop #4 - 3:30pm start - will focus on "Social Media and Marketing you mobile food business" The heart of your business success lies in its marketing (and your food quality). Most aspects of your business depend on successful marketing. The overall marketing umbrella covers advertising, public relations, promotions and sales. Marketing is a process by which a product or service is introduced and promoted to potential customers. *Limited seating available.
Mar 9, 2019 $25.00 $3.16
Workshop #5
Workshop #5 starts at 11am March 10th - Operating in Winter months: Survive the Winter freeze and grow your business. Food Trucks can expect to lose up to 50% of their business during the winter months but we will show you how to thrive using catering, menu changes, developing partnerships and much more. Learn about communicating with your mechanic properly,
Mar 10, 2019 $25.00 $3.16
Workshop #6
Workshop #6 at 12:30pm March 10th - Maintenance and up-keep: Owning a food truck is not easy, don’t let commons vehicle maintenance mistakes add more speed bumps to the road! Weather you have a brand new or 20-year-old food truck. Poor maintenance can cost your mobile food business big time! Learn from our panelist how not to forget to get repair quotes, ignore dashboard lights or simply not doing repairs yourself.
Mar 10, 2019 $25.00 $3.16
Workshop #7
Workshop #7 at 2pm March 10th - Start up Business Planning: This work shop will cover how to write and submit a successful business plan, how to develop a profitable menu, Understanding the different funding options available and leverage crowdfunding and Understanding and using market analysis
Mar 10, 2019 $25.00 $3.16
Workshop #8
Workshop #8 at 3:30pm March 10th - Food Tourism and how it can boost hospitality industry: Public interest in food has steadily increased ultimately transforming food tourism into a global trend. How can hotels and tourism businesses help promote food tourism? How can social media help food tourism? How food trucks boost your cities popularity.
Mar 10, 2019 $25.00 $3.16

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Event Details

2019 ON SALE NOW! The 2018 Conference SOLD OUT! So we are bringing back the second day and announcing the 4th Annual Columbus Mobile Food Conference & Expo earlier this year to give all of you the ability to buy tickets to the panels you want as well as plan your travels! 

Here's the info!

Learn how to expand your mobile food brand, enhance your service, learn about new mobile business tools and products, and share your sucess with fellow mobile food owners and operators at the CMF Conference & Expo.

The Columbus Mobile Food Conference and Expo has been such a success, and extremely popular with the local and national mobile food community including those with interest in starting their own mobile food business to the most seasoned of owners-operators.

Here are our 8 panels (more details when you click the regsiter button:

1. Why get into the mobile food industry paneled by Tony DiCesare from Machi Hibach &  Rob & Christie from Put it in Your Face Sandwich Art  
2. Permitting - Representatives from Columbus Fire, Health and Develpment will be in pn this panel.
3. Business Management and Accounting - Jeff Balmer of Buckeye CPA
4. How to properly promote your business - Social Media and Marketing paneled by Jen Lyttle is the Digital Solutions Manager for 97.1 The Fan and Pixelent Digital  
5. Operating in the winter months - How to survive the cold Paneled by Trudy Mohr from Bistro de Mohr  and Jim Comyns from Loops food truck 
6. Maintenance and basic up-keep of your mobile unit paneled by Dave Cunningham of Phillybusterfoodtruck 
7. Start up Business Planning; what you need to know paneled by Jacob Rapp of Mixing Bowl Asian Grill &  Jim Dowrey, Vice President of the Cincinnati Food Truck Association  
8. Food Tourism and how it can boost the hospitality industry and boost your business paneled by Megumi Robinson from Experience Columbus & Nathan Collins from CityScene Magazine

When: Saturday and Sunday, March 9-10th 11 am – 5 pm

Where: 1400 Food Lab, 1400 Dublin Rd, Columbus Ohio 43215.

What: We have decided to bring the mobile food community a more intimate modified experience in 2019 but over two days with only 50 people per class. The conference will consist of 8, 1-1/2 hour classes while featuring panelists from all over the region.

According to Conference Co-organizer Chas Kaplan, “We want to concentrate this year on the workshops that have more interest from the community, we’ve learned a few things from the feedback we received over the last couple years.”

The conference is aimed not only to those in the industry inside of Ohio but across the Midwest.

"This is a show literally for anyone in the industry that has an interest in mobile business operations," states co-organizer Mike Gallicchio.

Workshops will focus on current mobile food operators and aspiring operators of all business skill sets including those with or without food trucks, trailers and carts.

This conference is not only an opportunity to learn but also network with colleagues and new friends. Attendees from all segments of the industry including Culinary Professionals, Entrepreneurs, Food Educators and Policy Makers are encouraged to attend.

For more information or to register for the Columbus Mobile Food Conference and Expo you can do so by visiting them on the web at

COST: Individual workshops are $25.

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Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Refunds for badges are not accepted; however, badges may be transferred if requests are received prior to March 1, 2019. Attendees can manage the transfer process themselves within the Expo’s online registration system. Transfer requests received after the cancellation deadline or onsite will not be honored.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Yes.  That is fine.  But, send a biz card if you can with the new person.

Refunds? All ticket purchases are final and we will not provide refunds. 

Food and Beverages? We will have bite size snacks provided by a local food vendor and that is a member of The 1400 Food Lab, bottle water will be provided as well. Please bring your own soda/coffee if you would like. 

Have questions about 2019 Columbus Mobile Food Conference & Expo? Contact MGCK Food, LLC

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1400 Food Lab
1400 Dublin Road
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 11:00 AM - Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 5:00 PM (EST)

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