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Vendy Awards 2014

Beloved Original Food Truck Competition Returns to Governors Island September 13th; Public Nominations Open and Early Bird Tickets on Sale Now

NEW YORK, NY- The Street Vendor Project at the Urban Justice Center today announced that the annual Vendy Awards will be celebrating its 10th anniversary on Saturday, September 13th and returning to fan favorite Governors Island. The wildly popular and original food truck competition will once again partner with Brooklyn Brewery and Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine.

Last year, the Vendy Awards drew a crowd of more than 2,000 people to Brooklyn’s Industry City to determine New York’s top street chef in the grill-to-grill cook-off. This year, New York’s best street chefs will compete for the coveted Vendy Cup, along with Rookie of the Year, Best Dessert, Best Market Vendor, and Best of New Jersey, which will all be judged by a panel of celebrity judges. The popular People’s Choice Award will be determined by the crowd and given to the favorite. The Heroic Vendor of the Year will also be honored, and a new category, in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Vendy Awards, will be announced in the coming months.

Public nominations for vendors are now open. Loyal NYC street vendor patrons can nominate their choice for best sidewalk chef online at: http://www.vendyawards.streetvendor.org/nominate/

“Over the past decade, the Vendy Awards has put street food and their chefs on the culinary map and made them a significant part of the city’s gastronomical culture. The event started with four food trucks in 2005 and to date about 175 vendors have been proud participants in the Vendys. The Vendy Awards has truly become a badge of honor and a stepping stone for many vendors to turn their mobile cuisine into brick-and-mortar stores,” said Sean Basinski Director of the Street Vendor Project at the Urban Justice Center.

The Vendy Awards’ modest beginnings took place in 2005 in an East Village garage. Today, the nation’s first street food event has expanded across the country to include events in Chicago, Los Angeles, New Orleans, and Philadelphia.

Tickets are required. A limited number of Early Bird tickets are available at $85 for General Admission, $50 for GA Kids, and $135 for VIP. Once those are sold out, General Admission tickets will be available for $95. Loyal NYC street vendor patrons can get their tickets for the 2014 Vendys at https://nycvendys.eventbrite.com

Follow the Vendy Awards on Instagram and Twitter for the latest announcements at @vendyawards, find us Facebook at Facebook.com/VendyAwards and use #vendys and #vendyawards.

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Owners of Foodiecall NOLA show off their Vendy Award (photo: Facebook)

NEW ORLEANS, LA - Food trucks might have taken a while to really take off in New Orleans compared to other American cities, but there’s no doubt that mobile food vending has wholly captured the love and attention of Big Easy diners. Nothing proves this more than a return of the Vendy Awards to the Crescent City on April 3rd, when trucks and event caterers alike will battle it out to see who reigns supreme.

The Vendy Awards, a non-profit established in support of the Street Vendor Project and the Urban Justice Center, holds street food events in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Los Angeles. This will mark its second year in New Orleans.

Last year, the food truck Foodie Call took home the “Vendy Cup,” but not without stiff competition from Empanada IntifadaFat FalafelHot Tamale MamaLa CocinitaMs. Linda’s Soul Food Catering Company,Taceaux LoceauxVaucresson Sausage Co., and Woody’s Fish Tacos.

“We’re so happy to come back to New Orleans,” said Vendy Awards managing director Zeina Muna. “It has such a rich food history, and that’s one of the reasons we picked it as a place we wanted to expand. And also there’s a great culture of street fairs and parades and of course there’s always food, so we’re just hoping to celebrate that and be a part of it. Also, for all of the chefs at local businesses that have worked so hard for so long, this is a great way for them to really break through and show people what they’re all about.”

The list of competing vendors is still shaping up and not final, but early confirmed vendors include returning champ Foodie Call, as well as finalists from last year La Cocinita, Empanada Intafada as well as the Queen of Yaka Mein, Ms. Linda Green. An official list of finalists and their bios will be announced soon on the Vendy Awards Website.

Find the original article at bestofneworleans.com <here>

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2013 Vendy AwardsNEW YORK, NY – The Street Vendor Project announced today that Zeina Muna will be the new Managing Director of the 2014 Vendy Awards.

Muna has worked in marketing, brand strategy, media planning and advertising revenue management across the technology, financial services and publishing industries for over eight years. Most recently, she worked at Conde Nast handling media contracts and revenue analysis. She graduated from Georgetown University with degrees in Marketing and Finance, grew up in Athens and Dubai, and is currently a Brooklyn resident.

Muna has a long history with the Vendy Awards- she has attended the street food event for the past seven years and was the Citizen Judge in 2011.

“I am thrilled to be a part of the Vendy Awards- the country’s largest street food series and one of the most beloved events in New York City. I look forward to expanding on the accomplishments of past Vendy Awards and working with the street vendors who make this event a success,” said Zeina Muna.

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CHICAGO, IL - The Vendy Awards have been described as “The Oscars of Street Food,” and for the first time they made their debut in Chicago ( at Kendall College) this past weekend. Our editor-in-chief Richard Myrick was on the judging panel that helped determine the winner of the Vendy Cup.

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Overhead view of the Vendys during setup.

The Vendy Awards have been given out to vendors in New York for the last 9 years by The Street Vendor Project, which helps street vendors. The Street Vendor Project helps street vendors connect with small business training as well as loans, to help the culture and ecosystem thrive. In addition, the Vendy Awards also help support Slow Food Chicago as well as Asociación de Vendedores Ambulantes (AVA), a non-profit organization that unites street vendors and their supporters to work towards regulations that allow vendors to sell their products in public spaces.

This year’s participants were:

There were two awards given out at the event.

The People’s Taste Award was determined by the votes of the attendees…

Chicago Vendy Awards Toasty Cheese

Although close, the winner was the Toasty Cheese Mobile Eatery.

The Vendy Cup Award was determined by the judges panel. Richard Myrick explained that coming up with a winner required some deliberation as many of the vendor dishes were delicious but also came with fantastic stories. Once the judges determined their choices, the winner was…

Chicago Vendy Awards Olgas Snacks

OLGA’S SNACKS!!!

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Are you near Chicago and love street food?

You name it…Pancakes, Schnitzel, Hot Tamales, Grilled Cheese, Chicharones— Chicago mobile food vendors have it and on October 5th at Kendall College, you can treat yourself to one or all of these treats at the 1st Annual Chicago Vendy Awards.

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The finalists have been announced:

  • Bombay Wraps || Falguni Dewjee
  • Olga’s Snacks || Olga Martinez
  • Babycakes || Leah Wilcox
  • Chicago Schnitzel King || Greg Burke & Kristin Casper
  • Pleasant House Bakery/Royal Pies || Art & Chelsea Jackson
  • Toasty Cheese Mobile Eatery || Gregory Barnhart
  • Pascuala’s Specialties || Pascuala Santa Maria
  • Mississippi Delta Hot Tamales || Yoland Cannon

For more information on who will be battling head-to-head for the title of best street food vendor in Chicago, click here.

The Vendys have been tearing it up in NYC for 9 years now, so don’t miss your chance to catch the inaugural Chicago event! The best street food vendors in Chicago will compete against each other for street food glory, and you get to reap the mouth-watering results. Tickets will sell out, so make sure to get yours today!

OUR GIVEAWAY:

We will be giving away two (2) sets of two (2) tickets for the event this week. To be entered…post a comment in the comments section below, share this story on Facebook or on Twitter…the more entries, the better your chances. (we will have to be able to reach you via email, Facebook or Twitter, so make sure you provide that information)

We will be selecting and notifying the winners on this Friday, Oct 4, 2013.

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NEW YORK, NY – The results are in, and NYC has crowned 2013’s top street chef. Over 1,000 foodies flocked to Industry City in Brooklyn today to cast their vote at the 9th annual Vendy Awards, where El Olomega took home the top prize: the coveted Vendy Cup.

El Olomega 2013 NYC vendy cup winner

The winners in all seven categories are:

The Vendy Cup: El Olomega

Best Dessert: Itizy Ice Cream

Best Market Vendor: Khao Man Ghai

Best of New Jersey: Home by the Range

Rookie of the Year: Nuchas

People’s Taste Award: Luke’s Lobster

Tide’s Messy Yet Tasty Award: Home By The Range

In addition, the over 50 vendors were recognized as honorees for Most Heroic Vendor for their remarkable work serving more than 350,000 free hot meals to victims of Hurricane Sandy in the storm’s aftermath, and honoring the New York City Food Truck Association (NYCFTA) for coordinating the outreach efforts.

The Vendy Awards, the first and largest street food event series in the country, is an annual event to benefit the Street Vendor Project at the Urban Justice Center, a membership-based organization that provides advocacy and legal services for more than 1,500 vendor members. The Vendys, which have been New York City’s most beloved street food competition for nine years, has expanded nationally to include events in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New Orleans, and Chicago.

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2013 Vendy AwardsCHICAGO, IL - The Vendy Awards are coming to Chicago! On Saturday, October 5th, at Kendall College, they will determine the best street food vendor in Chicago while raising money for Slow Food Chicago & Asociación de Vendedores Ambulantes (AVA)

The Vendys are:

  • A  grill-to-grill cook-off where 12-15 of the best street food vendors in Chicago are invited to compete against each other for street food glory. At the event, we’ll have a team of distinguished judges score the finalists and decide who get the coveted Vendy Cup.
  • The general public can also buy tickets to the event, to enjoy the vendors’ food as well as beer and general festiveness. There will be music and culminating in a short ceremony naming the award winners! Admission to the event includes y food from all the participating finalists and UNLIMITED beer from BROOKLYN BREWERY.
  • A festival of respect and gratitude for all vendors and everything they provide us–from your morning coffee (half-and-half, two sugars) to the $2 umbrella when you get caught in the thunderstorm.
  • A fundraiser for Slow Food Chicago, a non-profit organization that seeks to create dramatic and lasting change in our local food system to ensure equity, sustainability and pleasure in the food we eat.
  • A fundraiser for Asociación de Vendedores Ambulantes (AVA), a non-profit organization that unites street vendors and their allies in the city to fight for regulations that would allow vendors to sell their products in a public space.
  • Each ticket is also a tax-deductible donation.

NOMINATE YOUR FAVORITE CHICAGO VENDOR

WE EXPECT TO SELL OUT. BUY YOUR TICKET IN ADVANCE!

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2013 Vendy AwardsNEW YORK, NY – The 9th Annual Vendy Awards, New York City’s premier street food competition, today announced the finalists who will compete for the top prizes: the coveted Vendy Cup and the People’s Taste Award. Chosen from hundreds of vendors nominated by everyday customers, the finalists will face off in an intense grill-to-grill cook-off on Saturday, September 7th being held for the first time at Industry City in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Only one vendor will come out on top in each category.

The finalists are: The Chipper Truck, The Cinnamon Snail, El Olomega, King Souvlaki, and Luke’s Lobster. These five finalists will compete for the chance to be crowned the city’s best food vendor in the Vendy Cup and the People’s Taste Award categories. While the finalists are the same in each category, a panel of six celebrity judges and one citizen judge will select the winner of the Vendy Cup, while attendees at this year’s event will vote on the People’s Taste Award. Videos and more on the finalists can be found here: http://streetvendor.org/vendys/finalists/

Writer, director, comedian, and actress Negin Farsad will Emcee this year’s Vendys. Farsad recently developed and wrote the MTV series “Detox,” directed and produced the Comedy Central series “The Watch List,” and was named one of the 50 Funniest Women by the Huffington Post.

DJ Justin Carter from Mister Saturday Night will provide the rhythm and tunes to keep the crowd moving. Carter cut his teeth DJing and producing secret parties at Asterisk, a pioneering DIY venue in Bushwick that led the way for many other living-spaces-turned-party-places and carved a new path for underground parties in Brooklyn.

Announcing a New Award: For the first time this year – attending vendors will be able to vie for the “Messy Yet Tasty Award,” sponsored by Tide to Go Stain Eraser®, which will be awarded to the truck with the messiest fare. Tide® will be bringing its “Stainbulance” to the event to help solve stain emergencies on-site with a supply of Tide to Go Stain Erasers®. This will be the “Stainbulance’s” second appearance at the Vendys – it first came to the rescue of several stain sufferers at the Philadelphia Vendy Awards in June.

The judges who will decide the winner of the Vendy Cup include:

  • Elettra Wiedemann: Model and culinary impresario
  • Francis Lam: Judge on Top Chef Masters and Editor-at-Large at Clarkson Potter
  • Garrett Oliver: Brewmaster at the Brooklyn Brewery, Author of The Brewmaster’s Table, Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford Companion to Beer
  • Justin Warner: Host of Food Network’s Rebel Eats, winner of Food Network Star Season 8, co-chef and owner of Bed-Stuy’s Do or Dine
  • Lauren Purcell: Editor-in-Chief of Every Day with Rachael Ray
  • Pat LaFrieda: Chief Executive Officer, Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors
  • Rachael Fauss: Citizen Judge, Policy & Research Manager for Citizens Union

Here’s more on this year’s Vendy Cup and People’s Taste Award finalists, and why they think they should win top honors:

THE CHIPPER TRUCK

Chef/Owner: Valentin & Alice Bermejo

Years in business: 9

Where they’re from: Mexico & Ireland

Schedule: 10pm till 6am

Languages spoken: English

What kind of food do you serve? Irish & American

Specialties: Irish food

Tell us something about your business: We have one of the only Irish food trucks in New York and we are very proud of it!

Why do you deserve to win the Vendy Award? We have worked very hard to build our reputation in this neighborhood. Good food is our first priority and a friendly face. We would be honored to win the Vendys as it would help us validate that all we have given up for this truck has been worth it. We are very proud of our truck and the dedication we have put into it. You only have to ask our customers because they come to us day after day.

THE CINNAMON SNAIL

Chef/Owner: Adam Sobel

Years in business: 3.5

Where they’re from: Manhattan

Schedule: Monday- 48th/6th on Varick st or Dumbo, Tuesday- Wall/Water Sts, Wednesday- 55th/Broadway, Thursday- 21st/5th, followed by Jersey City for dinner, Friday- Park between 46/47th, Saturday- 14th/3rd, Sunday- Red Bank NJ

Languages spoken: Mainly a language I made up called FIDGE

What kind of food do you serve? Extra bold flavorful and downright blissful vegan organic food and basically the BOMB pastries that will make your wig fall off.

Specialties: Korean BBQ seitan, vanilla bourbon creme brûlée donuts, Thai BBQ tempeh with pickled Thai basil and red onions, arugula, smoked chili roasted peanuts and sriracha mayo on grilled spelt bread.

Tell us something about your business: This is the 4th year The Cinnamon Snail has been nominated for a Vendy award. This year we are competing for the Vendy Cup. If we win the cup, our plan is to give it a really really sexy makeover with lots of feathers and fake jewels. We also intend to drink cold fresh squeezed grape juice out of it/ and or use it upside down as a hat which the health department requires us to have.

Why do you deserve to win the Vendy Cup? The Cinnamon Snail has become one of the busiest, most loved street vendors in NYC. It has taken a lot of hard work and endless long days, but we are helping the mainstream folks of NYC to appreciate sustainable non-violent food. I fully intend to serve mashed potatoes and gravy in the Vendy Cup should we win it.

EL OLOMEGA

Chef/Owner: Janet & Marcos Lainez

Years in business: 23

Where they’re from: El Salvador

Schedule: 10:00am to 8:30pm

Languages spoken: Spanish/English

What kind of food do you serve? Salvadoran Cuisine

Specialties: Pupusas: A Pupusa is a hand made tortilla, made of corn flour (maseca) stuffed with pork & cheese, (ground) chicken & cheese, and various other flavors.

Tell us something about your business: We are family owned and operated and have been in business for over 20 years. We specialize in traditional home style cooking and our products are hand made, fresh and worth the wait. We are committed to showing all New Yorkers and the entire tri-state area that having a Pupusa is unique experience!

Why do you deserve to win the Vendys? For the past 23 years we have strived to maintain our food’s authenticity. This consistency has put us at the top of our industry and has made us the best at what we do! Our attention to the heritage of Salvadorian cooking is what we take pride in and is reflected in our Pupusas.

KING SOUVLAKI

Chef/Owner: Kostas Tsampas, George Tsampas, and sons Lampros&Lampros

Years in business: 34

Where they’re from: Greece

Schedule: Sun-Wed 9am-8pm Thurs-Sat 9am-5am(all night)

Languages spoken: Greek/English

What kind of food do you serve? Souvlaki sticks, pitas and heros, platters, handcut fries cooked in Greek EVOO

Specialties: Souvlaki and fries

Tell us something about your business: We are a family owned business serving Astoria since 1979. We serve authentic Greek street food.

Why do you deserve to win the Vendys? We have been in this business for over 34 years. We put in our time and it’s about time for our gold wristwatch, if I may be so bold. But more than that, the people love us and we love them back. The food we make is authentic and true to what we grew up with in Greece and we make it with a lot of love and hard work. All the recipes have been passed down from our fathers and grandfathers who all were either chefs or in the streetfood business back in Greece. The “King” in our name was given to us by the customers. We take pride in the ingredients and the quality of our food and we take pride in the work we put In. Ultimately, our customers nominated us and they feel that we deserve this. We love what we do and so do our customers. We just want to thank them and the Vendys for giving us this opportunity from the bottom of our hearts!

LUKE’S LOBSTER

Chef/Owner: Luke Holden, Ben Conniff

Years in business: 4

Where they’re from: Maine

Schedule: M-F in NYC, S in Hoboken

Languages spoken: English

What kind of food do you serve? Seafood

Specialties: Lobster rolls from Maine

Tell us something about your business: We are proud to bring a taste of Maine to New York.

Why do you deserve to win the Vendys? We work hard not only to serve the best, freshest seafood but also to practice sustainability at all of our locations.

More information on each of the finalists can be found here: http://streetvendor.org/vendys/finalists/

On August 6th, the Vendys announced its honorees for Most Heroic Vendor, congratulating more than 50 food trucks for their remarkable work serving more than 350,000 free hot meals to victims of Hurricane Sandy in the storm’s aftermath, and honoring the New York City Food Truck Association (NYCFTA) for coordinating the outreach efforts.

On July 22nd, the Vendys announced the finalists for Rookie of the Year, Best Market Vendor, Best Dessert, and Best of New Jersey. Bios and background on each of the finalists can be found here: http://streetvendor.org/vendys/finalists/ 

The Vendys, the first and largest street food event series in the country, is an annual event to benefit the Street Vendor Project at the Urban Justice Center, a membership-based organization that provides advocacy and legal services for more than 1,500 vendor members. The 2012 Vendy Awards drew a crowd of more than 2,000 people to the intense food truck showdown to determine New York’s top street chef. The Vendy Awards, which have been New York City’s most beloved street food competition for nine years, recently announced a major national expansion to include events in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New Orleans, and Chicago.

“We are excited to bring the Vendys to Industry City, where a number of the festival’s food and beverage items are manufactured,” said Andrew Kimball, CEO of Industry City. “With its culture of food manufacturing and history of supporting New York-based businesses, Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhood is the perfect place to celebrate the culinary achievements of the city’s many street food vendors.”

A limited number of Early Entry VIP tickets are still available. For street food lovers who want to access the Vendy Awards an hour early, VIP tickets ensure the ultimate street eating experience, with shorter lines and access to a whole lot more. Tickets are available at: http://nycvendys2013-eorg.eventbrite.com/ Applications for press passes are now being accepted HERE through August 28th. Decisions will be made by September 3rd.

Street food lovers can also get discounted Vendys tickets through Zipcar. By joining Zipcar for $55 using VENDYS1355, you can go to the Vendys for just $40. Want an Early Entry ticket? Join Zipcar using VENDYS1385 and get Early Entry for just $60. Zipcar provides the convenience of having a car parked right around the corner, without any of the hassles or cost. You can get around by the hour or day, and choose from vans to hybrids. Just join, reserve online, unlock and drive away. Every reservation includes gas, insurance and 180 miles per day.

In addition, the Vendy Awards is pleased to announce that artist Nils Folke Anderson is designing furniture and a bar for this year’s event, made with “up-cycled” materials supplied by Industry City. Based in Brooklyn, NY, Anderson has shown his work widely, including at solo exhibitions at Phillips de Pury, The University of Georgia Athens, and the Dikeou Collection. 

Follow the Vendy Awards on Twitter for the latest news and announcements at @vendyawards, or find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/VendyAwards.

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2013 Vendy AwardsNEW YORK, NY – The 9th annual Vendy Awards, New York City’s premier street food competition, today announced the finalists who will compete in four of this year’s seven major categories: Rookie of the Year, Best Market Vendor, Best Dessert, and the Best of New Jersey. Chosen from thousands of vendors nominated by everyday customers, the finalists will face off in an intense grill-to-grill cook-off on Saturday, September 7th being held for the first time at Industry City in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Only one vendor will come out on top in each category.

Rookie of the Year

  • Mamak
  • Mysttik Masaala
  • Neapolitan Express
  • Nuchas
  • Sweet Chili
  • Toum

Best Market Vendor

  • Bon Chovie
  • Brooklyn Cured
  • Lonestar Taco
  • Khao Man Gai NY
  • Porchetta

Best Dessert

  • Del’s NYC
  • Carpe Donut NYC
  • Itizy
  • Liddabit Sweets
  • OddFellows Ice Cream Co.
  • Popitbaby
  • Cholita Cuencana

Best of New Jersey

  • The French Quarter
  • Hunger Construction
  • Molly’s Milk Truck
  • Home by the Range
  • Tony Boloney’s Moustache Mobile 

Bios and background on each of the category finalists can be found here: http://streetvendor.org/vendys/finalists/ 

As the event gets closer, the Vendy Awards will announce the finalists in the remaining three categories: the coveted Vendy Cup (the top prize awarded by a panel of esteemed judges), The People’s Taste Award (voted on by the crowd at this year’s awards), as well as the winner of this year’s Most Heroic Vendor Award (an inspirational vendor who has gone above and beyond for the community).

This year, the Vendys have included new perks for early ticket buyers. For those who purchase tickets before midnight on Friday, July 26th:

  • You will be entered to win a spot as the citizen judge! One judge will be selected.
  • You will win a chance to be upgraded to Early Entry VIP level! 5 buyers will get upgrades for all tickets in their order.
  • If you buy VIP tickets, you will be entered to win free tickets! 5 VIP ticket buyers will get their orders doubled (meaning if you buy 4 tickets, you will get 4 additional tickets).

In addition, a limited number of Early Entry VIP tickets are available. For street food lovers who want to access the Vendy Awards an hour early, VIP tickets ensure the ultimate street eating experience, with shorter lines and access to a whole lot more. Exclusive perks will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets are available at: http://nycvendys2013-eorg.eventbrite.com/

This year, in partnership with Brooklyn Brewery and national sponsor Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine, the widely popular food truck competition migrates to the exciting waterfront business and creative hub Industry City in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, a site with an incredible history of transforming Brooklyn into a major seaport destination.

The Vendys, the first and largest street food event series in the country, is an annual event to benefit the Street Vendor Project at the Urban Justice Center, a membership-based organization that provides advocacy and legal services for more than 1,500 vendor members. The 2012 Vendy Awards drew a crowd of more than 2,000 people to the intense grill-to-grill cook-off to determine New York’s top street chef. The Vendy Awards, which have been New York City’s most beloved street food competition for nine years, recently announced a major national expansion to include events in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New Orleans, and Chicago.

Follow the Vendy Awards on Twitter for the latest news and announcements at @vendyawards, or find them on Facebook at Facebook.com/VendyAwards.

 

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2013 Vendy AwardsNEW YORK, NY- The Street Vendor Project at the Urban Justice Center today announced that the 9th annual Vendy Awards will take place on Saturday, September 7th at Industry City in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

The 2012 Vendy Awards drew a crowd of more than 2,000 people to the intense grill-to-grill cook-off to determine New York’s top street chef. This year, New York’s best street chefs will once again compete for the coveted Vendy Cup, along with Rookie of the Year, Best Dessert, Heroic Vendor of the Year, Best of New Jersey, and the popular People’s Taste Award.

Nominations for vendors are being accepted now, so loyal NYC street vendor patrons can nominate their choice for best sidewalk chef online at http://streetvendor.org/vendys/nominations/.

In partnership with Brooklyn Brewery and Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine, the widely popular food truck competition migrates this year to the exciting waterfront business and creative hub Industry City in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, a site with an incredible history of transforming Brooklyn into a major seaport destination. 

“Each year the Vendy Awards shine a spotlight on New York City’s most talented sidewalk chefs,” said Sean Basinski Director of the Street Vendor Project at the Urban Justice Center. “We are excited that Brooklyn, with its rich history, diversity, and food culture, will be the center of this fantastic food fight that unites thousands of New Yorkers.”

“Every Day with Rachael Ray is so proud to sponsor the Vendy Awards. We are all about making food and cooking accessible, relatable and fun — whether at home, on vacation or on the streets of your hometown.  Food trucks bring new tastes and cuisines to so many people — their impact on food culture is real and permanent,” said Lauren Purcell, Editor-in-Chief of Every Day with Rachael Ray.

The Vendy Awards, which have been New York City’s premier street food competition for nine years, recently announced a major national expansion to include events in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Boston, and Chicago.

A limited number of Early Bird tickets are available at $80 and, once those are sold out, General Admission tickets will be available for $95. Loyal NYC street vendor patrons can get their tickets for the 2013 Vendys at nycvendys2013.eventbrite.com.

Follow the Vendy Awards on Twitter for the latest news and announcements at @vendyawards, or find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/VendyAwards

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