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"THE OSCARS OF STREET FOOD FOR REAL NEW YORKERS" - MARIO BATALI

The Vendy Awards is an intense cook-off between the most popular sidewalks chefs in the city and a fundraiser to support The Street Vendor Project

The 12th Annual Vendy Awards will be on September 17, 2016 at Governors Island.

Thank you to the vendors, judges, sponsors and guests that made our 11th Annual Vendy Awards a success! Finalists were selected from public nominations and compete in 5 different categories: Vendy Cup/People's Choice, Rookie of the Year, Best of Market, A Special 2015 Category, and Best Dessert. These vendors brought their best dishes to the event and ticket holders sampled delicious offerings from each vendor before voting for their favorites! 

NOMINATE YOUR FAVORITE NYC STREET VENDOR FOR THE 2016 VENDYS!


2015 Winners

  • Vendy Cup / People's Choice- SNOWDAY FOOD TRUCK
  • Rookie of the Year - CONEY SHACK
  • Best of Market - HOME FRITE
  • Best of Dessert - DOUGHNUTTERY
  • Best of Street Drinks - RENEGADE LEMONADE

2015 finalists

25 finalists competed in 5 different categories at the 2015 Vendys! 

  • Vendy Cup / People's Choice - the grand prize!
  • Rookie of the Year - The best of 2015 new food carts and trucks
  • Best of Market - The best from all the delicious markets around the city
  • Best of Dessert - The best sweet tastes from NYC's street vendors
  • Best of Street Drinks - a new category just for 2015 celebrating something we've never celebrated before - everyone's favorite drink vendor!

vendy cup FINALIST VIDEOS

BIRYIANI HOUSE

HARD TIMES SUNDAES

GUANGDONG CHEONG FUN

SNOWDAY

SOUVLAKI LADY

VENDY CUP FINALIST BIOS

 

 

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

 

 

BEST OF MARKET

 

 

BEST OF DESSERT

 

 

BEST STREET DRINK


Past Winners

Click on the year below to show past winners!


2015 judges


EVENT INFORMATION

The 2015 event will be on Saturday, September 12th, 2015 from 12:30pm to 5:00pm at Governors Island. Governors Island is only accessible via ferry.     

Getting to Governors Island

Ferries run from Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 6. Weekend afternoon ferries from Brooklyn and Manhattan are $2 round trip for adults. Morning ferries (10 AM and 11 AM) on Saturdays and Sundays are free for all. Children under 12 ride for free at all times and senior citizens' fares are half price. There is no surcharge for bicycles.

Visitors will be able to purchase ferry tickets at the Battery Maritime Building in Lower Manhattan or at Pier 6 in Brooklyn. Tickets will also be available for purchase online in advance. A full ferry schedule is available here.

Directions to the Governors Island Manhattan Ferry

The Governors Island ferry departs from the Battery Maritime Building located at 10 South Street, adjacent to the Staten Island Ferry in Lower Manhattan. The ferry terminal is accessible via:

  • Subway: 1 to South Ferry station / 4, 5 to Bowling Green station / R to Whitehall St. station
  • Bus: M6, M9, and M15

Directions to the Governors Island Brooklyn Ferry

The Governors Island Brooklyn ferry departs from Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, at the foot of Atlantic Avenue. The ferry terminal is accessible via:

  • Subway: R to Court Street / 4,5,2,3 to Borough Hall
  • Bus: B63

OTHER FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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 live 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 OUT THIS YEAR?

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 mid-June 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 is sold 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, they do.

I'M A MEMBER OF THE PRESS. HOW DO I GET A PRESS PASS OR ARRANGE TO INTERVIEW THE ORGANIZERS OR INDIVIDUAL VENDORS? 

If you would like to request a press pass for the 2015 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.

CAN I SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER AT THE VENDY AWARDS?

The volunteer spots for the Vendy Awards is currently full. You can check back in the near future to see if any spots open up. In the meantime, if you would like to volunteer at Vendy Plaza, please sign up here!

 


 BIG THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS AND PARTNERS