The 9th Annual Vendy Awards is coming to Brooklyn!
The popular food vendor cook-off will take place on Saturday, September 7, at Bush Terminal (882 Third Avenue) in Sunset Park’s waterfront industrial space, Industry City.
This is the first time that the annual event, which pits dozens of NYC street vendors against one another in competition for the coveted Vendy Cup, will be held in Brooklyn. Previous years have most often seen it hosted on Governors Island.
“Each year the Vendy Awards shine a spotlight on New York City’s most talented sidewalk chefs,” said Sean Basinski Director of the Street Vendor Project at the Urban Justice Center. “We are excited that Brooklyn, with its rich history, diversity, and food culture, will be the center of this fantastic food fight that unites thousands of New Yorkers.”
Last year’s Vendy Cup winner was Brooklyn’s own Piaztlan Authentic Mexican Food — a member of the Red Hook Food Vendors.
Aside from the Vendy Cup, other awards available at the 2013 Vendy Awards include Rookie of the Year, Best Dessert, Heroic Vendor of the Year, Best of New Jersey, and the People’s Taste Award.
Nominations for vendors are being accepted now, so loyal NYC street vendor patrons can nominate their choice for best sidewalk chef online at http://streetvendor.org/vendys/nominations/.
Get your tickets now, as well! Early Bird Admission costs $85 + $5 online fee, and Early Bird Kids (ages 8-12) costs $45 + $3 fee.
VIP Early Entry Tickets are also available for $145 + $8 fee. The VIP ticket grants you an extra hour before the crowds arrive, to start eating while there are barely any lines.
The 2013 Vendy Awards is hosted by the Street Vendor Project at the Urban Justice Center. It is sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery and Every Day Rachael Ray magazine.
There are also Vendy Awards in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Boston, and Chicago.