This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending The 8th Annual Vendy Awards on Governor’s Island. It was a perfect, beautiful day too! It was also my first & hopefully not last year attending the Vendy’s. The entire subway ride to Governor’s Island Station I was preparing myself for how much food I’d be eating.
Just in case you didn’t know already, The Vendy Awards are an annual event organized by Street Vendor Project at the Urban Justice Center, a membership-based organization ofmore than 1,500 vendors. SVP’s famed Vendy Awards have determined New York City’s top street chef for 8 years, and have become one of the most beloved and widely-anticipated food events in New York, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia.
If you’ve seen my previous posts, you know I am a huge supporter of street vendors! I also constantly see their tweets so it was great to see some of the vendors I always read about in their zone and serving up their best dishes. It was a constant debate– sweet or savory? I had to have a little bit of both. It was a rough 5-6 hours of eating & I started my day with Uncle Gussy’s. See some of my food pictures below:
It was great to be there on behalf of Small Chick Big Deals & New Fork City & meet more foodies including OMG Foodie, NYC Foodie Finder, & more! I have never been so overwhelmed by so much great food in my life! I have so much respect for food truck vendors because you can always see their passion in the food they make & how they approach their customers. I feel like bloggers, they are the underdog of the food industry but love what they do and may even do it better than people expect! I was really happy that I was able to try the Vendy cup winner before the awards started, I loved their dish!
Now without further a due, here are the winners of the Vendy awards:
The Vendy Cup: Piaztlan Authentic Mexican
Best Dessert: Melt Bakery
Best Market Vendor: Lumpia Shack
Rookie of the Year: Phil’s Steaks
People’s Taste Award: Cinnamon Snail
The Most Heroic Vendor award went to Bay Ridge halal vendor Sammy Kassem, who was honored for withstanding immense opposition from anti-vendor business owners in his community.
It was the perfect day & event filled with food, meeting new friends, & of course quenching our thirst with some wine & GuS Soda! It was great to meet & see the vendors in action! Congrats to all the winners & nominees — keep it up!
I’ll be back with my coverage on the post Vendy’s NYCFTA Food Truck Rally soon enough!! These events were just the beginning!
TTFN– Happy Eating!!!