When it comes to the art of street food, New York City ranks pretty high. With carts that boast everything from Indonesian and Caribbean cuisine, to vegan fare, to gluten-free funnel cake -- we're looking at you, A Lil' Bit of Fun -- the city's food trucks leave little to be desired (and lots to be craved). What better way to celebrate all this than at the 12th Annual Vendy Awards, where the best street food vendors compete for the ultimate honor: The Vendy Cup.
The Vendy Awards, which have events in New York, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles, are an opportunity for thousands of hungry, curious foodies to sample foods from some of the top-ranked food trucks in their area. This year's Vendy Awards in New York will take place on Governor's Island, with more than 25 food trucks and a crowd of around 2,000 New Yorkers.
Finalists for the Vendys are chosen through public nominations. Winners are selected on the day of the event by ticket holders as well as a panel of distinguished judges. This year, a few of the New York vendor finalists include the picnic-themed cart The Basket; the Latin flavor-inspired Los Viajeros Food Truck; the jianbing (Beijing street crepe)-focused Mr. Bing; and Puran Dhaka, the first exclusively Bengali food truck in New York. This year's judges include Helen Hollyman, editor in chief of MUNCHIES, and Nicole Taylor, host of the food culture podcast Hot Grease.
When it comes to the competition, the "grand prize" is of course the Vendy Cup, but vendors can also be recognized in a variety of different categories, including the People's Choice Award, Best Dessert, and Rookie Vendor of the Year. This year there's also a new category: Best Vegan, which will be judged by vegan chef and Cupcake Wars victor, Chloe Coscarelli, and four-time Vendy winner Adam Sobel of Cinnamon Snail.
The 2016 NYC Vendy Awards will take place on Saturday, September 17 on Governor's Island. General admission opens at 12:30 P.M. Get tickets here.