Event Recap: 2018 Vendy Awards

“The Oscars of Street Food” has come and gone and we are STILL FULL. This past weekend, street vendors from across the boroughs came together on Governor’s Island for the annual cook off to celebrate what it means to be a successful small business.

“The Oscars of Street Food” has come and gone and we are STILL FULL. This past weekend, street vendors from across the boroughs came together on Governor’s Island for the annual cook off to celebrate what it means to be a successful small business. The NYFTA team had the privilege to stuff our faces again this year, support some of our favorite vendors and to scope out some new faces at the 2018 Vendy Awards.

It was a brisk Saturday and the perfect way to celebrate the First Day of Fall on Governor’s Island.

Food trucks and carts lined Colonel’s Row according to their nominee category, with music bumping and the smells of cultures mixing together wafting over the green space.

2018 VENDY FINALISTS

New York Vendy Awards

VENDY CUP

Burmese Bites

Franky’s Souvlaki

Jianetto’s Pizza

El Saboroso De Aracataca

Royal Grill Halal Food *WINNER*

NYC Vendy Awards

BEST BREAKFAST VENDOR

Cheong Fun Rice Noodle Cart

Evelia’s Tamales Mexicanos

King David Tacos

Mama Jo’s Breakfast Cart *WINNER*

Saravanaa Bhavan

Makina vendy awards

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Jak! Chinese

Makina Cafe

Mannahatta Mediterranean

Mr. Khao Man Gai

Nansense

*WINNER*

New York NYC Vendy Awards

BEST MARKET VENDOR

Caspanish

D’Abruzzo NYC *WINNER*

Hometown Spring Pancakes

IEatLaoFood

Taste of Surabaya

Vendy awards dessert

BEST DESSERT VENDOR

Baonanas *WINNER*

Bonsai Kakigori

Delmy’s Obleas

Malai Ice Cream

Twister Cake

Check out the Vendy’s instagram for more tagged photos from the weekend!

It has been an unofficial trend in recent years for Vendy Award winners to see a boom in their street vending or food truck business after being crowned in their respective categories 😉

We can’t wait to see how these small businesses grow with the support of their amazing community! Keep your eyes peeled.

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Food Holidays: September

September typically signifies the end of summer, transition to fall and all the glorious things that come with it. Our food truck vendors have the perfect way to celebrate this month.

September typically signifies the end of summer, transition to fall and all the glorious things that come with it. We aren’t talking PSLs and crunchy leaves just yet (since it’s still 90 degrees in New York City), but rather the random reasons eat more food 🙂 Our food truck vendors have the perfect way to celebrate this month.

Cinderella Meme

 

September 5th – National Cheese Pizza Day / September 20th – National Pepperoni Pizza Day  

Do we even need a food holiday in order to eat pizza? The answer is no but it’s still a great excuse to find a slice not once, but twice this month. AbeetzNeapolitan Express and Valducci’s are our top picks for street pizza.

September 12th – National Chocolate Milkshake Day

You could go to a diner for a classic milkshake…orrrrrrr you could get handed one from a food truck! Bona Bona and Carnivale Donut Bar are both your mobile solution for a twist on this sweet frozen treat. Summer will last forever at this point so might as well continue eating ice cream.

 

September 13th – National Peanut Day 

We are huge fans of PB and anything with PB on it especially when it is on or in between something sweet. Glazed & Confused‘s Peanut Butter Cup mini donuts drizzled in chocolate and peanut butter sauces are actually something out of our sweet dreams. Wafles and Dinges, a cult classic, lets you customize your waffle toppings so you can load up on the peanut butter!

 

September 18th – National Cheeseburger Day 

Stuf’d is known for their crazy, larger than life sandwiches and their Angus Cheeseburger doesn’t disappoint. Grab some napkins, use two hands and bite into their signature thick slices of savory bread and their version of an American classic.

Stuf'd Fodo Truck

 

Happy eating, you can find us jamming to Earth, Wind and Fire with fists full of food all month.

21 September Gif
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