In the past decade, the fare from food trucks and sidewalk carts has been elevated from “street meat” to world-class cuisine. And at Governors Island one weekend every year, the hungriest come out en masse to honor (and sample) some of the city’s best at the all-you-can-eat gathering proudly called the Vendy Awards.
Now in its 13th year, 2017’s lineup of finalists competing for “the Oscars of street food” spans the culinary globe. Sure, you can expect glorified sandwiches made out of French toast, quesadillas stuffed with comfort classics, and artisanal Twinkies. Some of the best culinary options, though, come from places like Malaysia, Indonesia, Persia, and Flushing.
Regardless of origin, everything is expected to be delicious and send you into a once-in-a-blue-moon food coma. Plus, it’s for a great cause. Most of the proceeds directly benefit the Street Vendor Project, a nonprofit that continuously fights for the rights of food vendors satisfying the appetites of New York’s foodies.
The 13th Annual Vendy Awards
Saturday, September 17
$100 for an all-you-can-eat pass to street-food nirvana, plus unlimited wine from Brooklyn Brewery and Santa Cristina
Prep for your trip to the ultimate foodie feast with stretchy pants, a big appetite, and (of course) tickets. We can assist with that last one.