The best thing about street vendors: They’re all over the city. But that’s a downside, too; if you want to sample the city’s best street food, there’s no single place you can go.
Well, no place except for the Vendy Awards, which will be held in New York this year on Sept. 7. Each year, the event brings together dozens of the most accomplished food vendors in New York, honoring their work and granting one the Vendy Cup and title of Vendy Award winner of the year. The Vendys now serve as a benefit for the Street Vendors Project — an arm of the Urban Justice Center, which advocates for the rights of vendors across the city.
And there are a lot of vendors to hit up. As the street vendor scene has exploded in the last few years, so have the Vendys. This year, there’s a category for vendors who work at markets, such as Bon Chovie at Smorgasburg and Lonestar Taco at New Amsterdam Market; an all-dessert category, including Oddfellows Ice Cream Co. and Carpe Donut NYC; and Rookies in their first year, including Malaysian truck Mamak and Lebanese truck Toum.
All this convenience does come at a price as tickets start at $95 for general admission ($60 for 8- to 12-year-olds) and go up from there.
The Vendys (streetvendor.org/vendys/ and nycvendys2013-eorg.eventbrite.com for tickets) will be held at Industry City, at 39th Street between 1st and 2nd avenues in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 from 1:30 PM to 7:00 PM.