PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Smoke Truck – featuring the BBQ prowess of Mississippian Mark A. Coates backed by Chris Martino – impressed the judges and was named victor of the Vendy Cup at the second annual Vendy Awards on Saturday at the lot at 39th and Market Streets.

People’s Choice winner was Vernalicious – Verna Swerdlow and David Jurkofsky’s comfort-fooder – and Best Dessert honors went to Lil’ Pop Shop – Jeanne Chang and Vince Tseng’s popsicle company

The Vendy Awards are an annual event organized by the Street Vendor Project at the Urban Justice Center, a membership-based organization of more than 1,300 vendors. The Vendys were a fundraiser for The Food Trust, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization that strives to make healthy food available to all.

The winners of both the 2011 and 2012 Philadelphia Vendy Awards will roll into Eakins Oval on Thursday, Aug. 2 for the Winners’ Oval Event. Besides Saturday’s winners, the 2011 Vendy Award winners – Sweet Box, GiGi & Big R’s and Cucina Zapata – will sell food from 6 to 9 p.m.; it’s pay as you go.

The 2012 Vendy competitors were:

  • The Smoke Truck
  • Vernalicious
  • The Foo Truck
  • Delicias
  • Yumtown
  • Tacos Don Memo
  • Lil Dan’s Gourmet
  • Little Baby’s Ice Cream
  • Lil’ Pop Shop

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