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:

“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

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