Vendies to land in Sunset Park

May 15, 2013 Heather Chin
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The Ninth AnnualVendy Awardsis coming to Brooklyn!

The popular food vendor cook-off will take place on Saturday, September 7, at Bush Terminal (882 Third Avenue) in Sunset Park’s waterfront industrial space, Industry City.

This is the first time that the annual event, which pits dozens of New York City street vendors against one another in competition for the coveted Vendy Cup, will be held in Brooklyn. Previous years have most often seen it hosted on Governors Island.

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“Each year, the Vendy Awards shine a spotlight on New York City’s most talented sidewalk chefs,” said Sean Basinski, director of the Street Vendor Project at the Urban Justice Center. “We are excited that Brooklyn, with its rich history, diversity and food culture, will be the center of this fantastic food fight that unites thousands of New Yorkers.”

Last year’s Vendy Cup winner wasBrooklyn’s own Piaztlan Authentic Mexican Food — a member of the Red Hook Food Vendors.

Aside from the Vendy Cup, other awards available at the 2013 Vendy Awards include Rookie of the Year, Best Dessert, Heroic Vendor of the Year, Best of New Jersey and the People’s Taste Award.

Nominations for vendors are being accepted now, so loyal street vendor patrons can nominate their choice for best sidewalk chef online at

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VIP Early Entry Tickets are also available for $145 + $8 fee. The VIP ticket grants you an extra hour before the crowds arrive, to start eating while there are barely any lines.

The 2013 Vendy Awards is hosted by the Street Vendor Project at the Urban Justice Center. It is sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery andEvery Day with Rachael Raymagazine.

There are also Vendy Awards in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Boston and Chicago.

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