The Vendy Awards are the first street food event and competition series in the USA. It's an intense cook-off between the most popular sidewalk chefs in New York City and a fundraiser to support The Street Vendor Project

A team of distinguished judges score the finalists and decide who will win the prestigious "Vendy Cup." Attendees choose our People’s Choice Award winner, as well as winners in the other categories. Check out our Past Winners!

The Vendys celebrate NYC's unique food culture, promote small businesses and help raise funds to provide legal aid, advocacy and loan access to our city's street vendors.

 
The Soriano family of Tacos el Rancho in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, 2016 Vendy Cup winners. Pictured with Street Vendor Project Leadership Board member, Heleadora Vivar (far right). Photo credit: Clay Williams

The Soriano family of Tacos el Rancho in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, 2016 Vendy Cup winners. Pictured with Street Vendor Project Leadership Board member, Heleadora Vivar (far right). Photo credit: Clay Williams

 

2016 Finalists

ROOKIE

MARKET

DESSERT

VEGAN

VENDY CUP


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

CAN I SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER AT THE VENDY AWARDS?

Interested in volunteering at our NYC event? If you would like to have your name added to the list to be alerted when volunteer sign-up opens in August, please email: vendyvolunteers@gmail.com. In the meantime, if you can't wait for that "Vendy" experience, sign up to volunteer at our outdoor market, Vendy Plaza here!

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE AWARDS?

Finalists arrive with their carts/trucks and prepare their best eats for Vendy attendees and judges. Brooklyn Brewery Beer, Santa Cristina wine, and non-alcoholic beverages will be plentiful, with tables and chairs for the food-weary. There will be music, performances, and a raffle, culminating in a short ceremony naming the award winners!

Please wear comfortable shoes. Each year we work to shorten the lines, but standing in line is part of the Vendy – and street food – experience. We can’t say if any marriages have come out of people waiting in line together, but we do know that many friendships have been born as people wait for their chance to sample the finalists’ food.

WHICH AWARDS WILL BE GIVEN?

One finalist will be awarded the Vendy Cup and title of Vendy Award winner. Additional awards will be given to the People’s Choice Award winner, the Dessert Category winner, Rookie Vendor of the Year, Market Vendor Award & a special surprise category. 

HOW ARE THE FINALISTS SELECTED?

We take public nominations until early July to determine the lucky vendors that are invited to compete against each other for street food glory.

HOW IS THE WINNER SELECTED?

At the event, we’ll have a team of distinguished judges score the finalists and decide who get the coveted "Vendy Cup." Attendees choose our People’s Choice Award winner, as well as winners in the other categories.

CAN I BUY MY TICKET AT THE DOOR?

The event usually sells out. Tickets will not be available at the door.

IS THE EVENT RAIN OR SHINE?

Street vendors are outdoors all year long working in all sorts of weather - to respect their time, this event will be held rain or shine!

ARE KIDS WELCOME? DO THEY NEED A TICKET?

We love kids and kids love street food. Children 8 and under don’t need a ticket. Otherwise, we offer a discount for children 8-12.

I'M A MEMBER OF THE PRESS. HOW DO I GET A PRESS PASS OR ARRANGE INTERVIEWS? 

If you would like to request a press pass for the 2016 event, please fill out the Press Pass Request Form.

MY COMPANY WOULD LIKE TO SPONSOR THE VENDY AWARDS. WHAT SHOULD I DO? 

Drop us a line at vendyawards@gmail.com.  Last year's event brought out almost 2,000+ food-savvy guests  and attracted wide media attention. We’re pretty sure this year will be even bigger.

 


Past Winners

Click on the year below to show past winners!


2016 HOST & JUDGES

Special Guest Judges for Best Vegan Category


 BIG THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS & PARTNERS


Special Thanks

Platinum Sponsors: 

Daniel  Gallancy

Justin Pollack

Melissa Tasse

Gold Sponsors:

Zeina Muna, Garry & Huxley Clark

Business Center for New Americans

Joan Gramble

Richard Klein

Silver Sponsors: 

Anne Murch

Carrie Shaw

Jeffrey Smithline

Michael Talbot

Jordan Zarrilli