Governor’s Island, NY – Hordes of hungry foodies munched sidewalk style at the eighth annual Vendy Awards on Saturday, savoring a taste of the city’s best street food.
Piaztlan Authentic Mexican Food, a fixture at the Red Hook Ball Fields in Brooklyn for more than 20 years, took home the prized Vendy Cup at the competition on Governor’s Island.
The food truck, owned by Eleazar Perez, who immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico almost 40 years ago, dished out flavorful pork, beef and goat tacos.
“This is my American Dream,” Perez said through a translator, addressing the attendees. “Thank you all for being here and thank you all for what you did.”
Perez hopes the win will help her and her family expand the business.
“All the hard work paid off,” said her equally emotional son, Fabian Perez, who helps run the family business. “I grew up doing this. This is all I know.”
Foodie Alexis Diaz, 27, of Jersey City, N.J., raved about the truck’s sauces and fresh vegetables — as well as the event itself.
“You get to sample a lot of different food all in one place,” said Diaz, a social worker, as she chowed down on a plate of tacos. “And the portions are small so you can try a lot of stuff.”
Adam Sobel, owner of a vegan and organic food truck known as The Cinnamon Snail, which operates in Manhattan and New Jersey, said he was excited to win the People’s Taste Award.
The award’s recipient was selected by the event’s roughly 1,500 attendees, who voted for their favorites out of the two dozen vendors.
“It’s a huge win for vegetarianism,” said Sobel, whose fluffy fig pancakes with chamomile blood-orange syrup and pine-nut butter were a big hit.
The Cinnamon Snail Vegan Organic Food Truck
Schedule: Always on the move, for latest Manhattan coordinates, visit:@VeganLunchTruck
Piaztlan Authentic Mexican Food Truck
Schedule: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 8pm, May-October at the Red Hook Ballfields, Brooklyn @PiaztlanBK
Uncle Gussy’s Traditional Greek Cuisine
Schedule: Monday-Friday, 11am -3pm at 51st St and Park Ave, Midtown, Manhattan@UncleGussys
Schedule: Daily from 1pm-1am at 111th Street and Roosevelt, a few blocks away from Citifield, Queens
Hamza & Madina Halal Food
Schedule: Everyday, 10am – 4am at 254-05 Hillside Ave, Glen Oaks, NY
Xin Jiang Prosperity Kebabs
Schedule: Monday-Sunday 10:30am-8:30pm at the corner of Forsyth St & Division St, Chinatown
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