First of the 2013 Vendy Award Nominees Announced


Finalists vying for the Vendy Cup, the event's top prize, will be announced next month.Photo: Courtesy of the Street Vendor Project

The ninth annual Vendy Awards, which celebrates all things excellent about street food and mobile vendor culture in New York, will take place on September 7. While the finalists for the top prize, the Vendy Cup, won't be announced until next month, here's the rundown of four out of seven main categories, including those up for the coveted Rookie of the Year honors. The nominees have been gleaned from thousands of nominations, and in less than two months, this select group of finalists will gather at Industry City in Brooklyn to grill, scoop, stir-fry, and otherwise proffer their very best dishes in a head-to-head showdown, which will be judged by a panel of experts during the ceremony. Let the games begin.

Rookie of the Year Nominees
The award for newcomers. 
• Mamak
• Mysttik Masaala 
• Neapolitan Express
• Nuchas
• Sweet Chili

• Toum

A hearty congratulations to all the nominees! Tickets are 

already on sale  and the Street Vendor Project , the group that organizes the Vendys, is offering a new incentive to early birds: Buy before midnight on Friday, July 26th and you could land the esteemed position of citizen judge, putting you on the competition’s discerning panel.