The Fountain Square Food Boondoggle

16 09 2011

For those of you who haven’t been following twitter the past few days, Fountain Square is making some drastic changes mainly the fact that

food vendors,  need to pack up their food tent and leave the Square after the end of September.

This has more than a few people riled up, as the article also states that there will not be vendors for even special events! So no food for games, beer fests, dancing, etc. The main thing that has people even more put off, is the lack of response from 3CDC to the issue. It’s not like we’re rioting with pitchforks, we would just like something more than “3cdc couldn’t be reached for comment” Below is what i received on my inquiry, which you are more than allowed to ask for at their website


We are working on addressing the issue but to be clear, this is not a complete elimination of food on the square – We will still have events such as the Tuesday Strauss & Troy Market. While there will not be a permanent food tent, food will be back at some events, just not all events. We have also been working with the City Administration on allowing Food Truck venders around the Square on both Fifth and Vine Street.

Through an agreement with the City of Cincinnati, 3CDC has actively programmed Fountain Square for the past five years.  Over these years, we have seen an exponential growth in Cincinnati’s downtown core and specifically, in event participation on Fountain Square. While actively programming the Square it is our main goal to provide quality, clean, safe, fun, and diverse options downtown.

To allow us to continue to program larger events while also maintaining the ample space for lunch crowds, the decision has been made to remove the food tent from the Square. It will be removed at the end of September and will not return.  3CDC is currently looking into other avenues for food service during future 3CDC programmed events.

3CDC would like to thank Skyline Chili for their generous sponsorship of the food tent over the last three years. We are proud of this partnership and look forward to finding new and exciting ways to partner in the future.

–          Christy

Christy Samad, Communications Officer

p: 513.621.4400 x-120
f: 513.621.5900

Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation
1410 Race Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

What do you think of this whole fiasco? Given the fact that just a few months ago the city was trying to get rid of the food trucks. Do you think the food trucks will respond? Or be around long enough? Will this hurt the attendance at the Square?




3 responses

16 09 2011
Jenny K

awesome that you got a response! I’m hoping that they’ll be able to modify and tweak to let the best result possible happen.

as long as you’re still allowed to BRING food onto the Square… one of my favorite things is grabbing lunch and then coming out to FS to people watch and eat… and it seems like that will still be okay.

The worst thing of it is that now there will be no way to get late night Skyline downtown!

17 09 2011

Excellent overview, somethings I didn’t realize before. Thank you for sharing their (albeit form letter) information

9 10 2011
Cancer Institute

I’ve been studying these areas for over 30 years. It is safe to say that this plaza is one of the most marvelous in the country. Visit it once and you will agree with me!

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