NEW YORK, NY – It’s about that time for the Oscars of street food: the 13th annual Vendy Awards on Governors Island September 16. As the city is overrun with big-money restaurant groups, as mom-and-pops struggle to stay open, and as young NYC residents born abroad — many who work in the restaurant industry — face losing U.S. residency, there’s no better time to support it.

The event gives attendees the chance to try bites from 25 of the city’s street vendors, as the group raises funds for advocacy and legal representation for the Street Vendor Project at the Urban Justice Center.

Vendy Cup finalists have already been announced, with vendors from China, Nigeria, Mexico, Belarus, and Egypt. Other nominees include Momo Bros. and Harajuki Sushi and Crepe in the best rookie category; Joon and the Malaysian Project under best market vendor; Moon and Sweet Zahra for best dessert vendor, and new this year, the Trump-inspired bad hombres category.

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