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 https://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.

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