The Vendy Awards is proud to present the 5th Annual Vendy Awards in Philadelphia on Saturday June 13th, from 1:00pm - 6:00pm, on top of the JFK Bridge!
Penned the "Oscars of street food," the Vendy Awards is an intense cook-off between the most popular sidewalks chefs in the city and a fundraiser to support culinary entrepreneurs and the sustainable food movement!
Finalists are selected from public nominations and compete in 3 different categories: Vendy Cup/People's Choice, Rookie of the Year, and Best Dessert. These vendors bring their best dishes to the event and ticket holders sample delicious offerings from each vendor before voting for their favorites!
BUY YOUR TICKET TODAY:
General Admission ticket to the Vendy Awards includes:
- Copious amount of food, from 15+ vendors
- All you can drink from our beer, wine and soda bar that includes a special Sly Fox curated beer garden loaded with craft beers
- Live entertainment from local Philly talent
- A vote to determine this year's winners!
- Bonus: Your ticket is also a tax deductible donation!
The 2015 Vendy Awards will be Philly's largest event of the year and one not to be missed! We expect sell out before the date. And, if there are still any available, same-day tickets will sell at $70 each (cash only). Best buy yours now to be safe and save some money!
MEET THE 2015 finalists!
Check back soon - we are getting prepared to announce 15+ vendors in the following categories: Vendy Cup/People's Choice, Rookie of the Year, and Best Dessert!
We are busy curating these amazing food vendors based on YOUR NOMINATIONS. Nominate your favorite food vendor today!
Meet THE 2015 Judges
Check back soon! We will be announcing our fabulous panel of judges in the upcoming weeks. For a list of past Vendy Award Judges, check out our Judge Alumni Page!
The 5th Annual Vendy Awards will be held on Saturday, June 13th, 2015 from 1:00pm to 6:00pm on top of the JFK Bridge (along JFK Boulevard, from Schuykill Avenue to N20th Street)
The main entrance to the event will be located at the start of the JFK Bridge (the closest intersection is JFK Bouvevard and Schuykill Avenue).
There will be a secondary entrance located at the end of the bridge ramp, close to JFK Boulevard and N20th Street.
You will need to show proof of tickets to enter the event.
The main entrance can be easily reached by public transportation to the Philadelphia 30th Street Station via:
- Rail on the Market-Frankford Line
- Bus Routes 9, 30, 31, 44, 62, 124, 125, LUCY,
- Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34, 36
- SEPTA to 30th Street Station
- Amtrak to PHL 30th Street Station
- Access via NJ Transit and Bolt/Megabus also available
There is no on-site parking and limited free street parking in the vicinity. We recommend that you use public transportation to enjoy this day out. If you would like to drive, please be sure to drive responsibly and know your limits when consuming alcohol.
Walking & Bike Riding
Walking or cycling is a great way to build up your appetite or burn off some of the great food after the event! If you chose to do this, please be aware of your surroundings when crossing traffic, especially if you intend to drink!
Note: The 30th Street Station has some bike racks available at a first come first serve basis.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT ARE THE VENDYS?
The Vendys are an intense annual street food cook-off that, since 2005, has determined the best street chef in NYC. In 2011 we expanded to Philly and it has become one of the best events of the summer! It also celebrates the street vendors who serve us every day, and who bring so much culinary and cultural life to our streets and public spaces. Finally, the Philadelphia Vendy Awards is a non-profit fundraiser to raise money for The Food Trust and The Philadelphia Mobile Food Association
WHAT DOES MY TICKET GET ME?
Admission to the event, where you’ll get to eat food from all the finalists while enjoying an unlimited fill of beer from Sly Fox, Italian wines from Santa Cristina, and live entertainment! And, since the Vendy Awards are a benefit event for The Food Trust, a non-profit organization, your ticket is tax-deductible.
WHO WILL BE BATTLING IT OUT?
15 of the best Philadelphian street food vendors are invited to compete against each other for street food glory in the following categories: Vendy Cup / People's Choice, Rookie of the Year, and Best Dessert!
HOW ARE THE FINALISTS SELECTED?
Simple enough. We take public nominations to determine the lucky vendors that are invited to compete against each other on our big day.
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 are also encouraged to vote for their own "People's Choice" winner, as well as the winner of "Rookie of the Year" and "Best Dessert".
HOW WILL YOU AVOID A STREET FOOD CATASTROPHE?
We’ve been running this event for a long time, and no one has ever gone home hungry or thirsty because we stop selling tickets when we reach our limit. Because vendors can only work so fast, you may have to stand in line at one point, but that is where you make new friends. One couple even got married after meeting in line at the Vendys! Results may vary, however.
CAN I BUY MY TICKET AT THE DOOR?
We expect sell out before the date. And, if there are still any available, same-day tickets will sell at $70 each (cash only - no exceptions).
ARE KIDS WELCOME? DO THEY NEED A TICKET?
We love kids and kids love street food. Children 6 and under don’t need a ticket. Otherwise, they do.
ARE PETS WELCOME?
While we love pets, we have found over the years that not everyone else does. Due to some complaints at prior year events we ask that you please keep your pets at home.
I'M A MEMBER OF THE PRESS. HOW DO I GET A PRESS PASS OR ARRANGE TO INTERVIEW THE ORGANIZERS OR INDIVIDUAL VENDORS?
Do not call, but send an email to at Joanne@food-shelter.com . Please include your contact info and the name of your publication. Press passes are limited.
MY COMPANY WOULD LIKE TO SPONSOR THE VENDY AWARDS. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Drop us a line at email@example.com or give us a call at (202) 213.2250. Last year's event brought out hundreds of food-savvy guests and attracted wide media attention. We’re pretty sure this year will be even bigger.