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12th Annual Vendy Awards Fun at Governors Island

12th Annual Vendy Awards Fun at Governors Island

It was an incredible 12th Annual Vendy Awards at Governors Island today. An all-star panel of judges named the winner of the famed Vendy Cup, along with two guest judges for the newer Vegan Category. Tacos el Rancho took home the golden honor to an applauding crowd of hundreds of food truck lovers.


Having Fun

“This in an incredible experience and right now we are so happy to be here,” said Chef Tami of Harlem Seafood Soul.


Voting Time

The winners in all six categories are:  The Vendy Cup: Tacos el Rancho, People’s Choice: Cachapas on Wheels, Rookie of the Year: Mr. Bing, Best Market Vendor: Big Mozz, Best Dessert Vendor: The Good Batch, Best Vegan Vendor: Mysttik Masaala, and People’s Choice Vegan Vendor: Monk’s Meat.


Big Mozz

Judges included: Julia Moskin: New York Times Dinning Reporter, Helen Hollyman: Editor-in-Chief of MUNCHIES, VICE’s food website,  Chitra Agrawal: Founder Brooklyn Delhi, Daniel Holzman: Chef and owner of The Meatball Shop, Nicole A. Taylor: host of Hot Grease, a food culture podcast, and is the author of The UpSouth Cookbook: Chasing Dixie in a Brooklyn Kitchen, Chef Chloe Coscarell, special guest judge for Vegan Category: Chef and owner of “By Chloe” restaurants and first vegan winner of the Food Network’s reality-competition series “Cupcake Wars,” and Chef Adam Sobel, special guest judge for Vegan Category: Chef and owner of the 4-time Vendy award-winning Cinnamon Snail food truck.

Tuson Sate

This year’s awards also honored a former Vendy’s finalist and now restaurant empire, The Halal Guys, with the “Hero Award” for their philanthropic efforts. Earlier this year, the owners gave a $30,000 donation to LaGuardia Community College in Queens to provide scholarships to students. Mohamed Abouelenein, President and co-founder of The Halal Guys, has three children who studied at LaGuardia Community College, and The Halal Guys continue to operate a cart outside the college.
The Vendy Awards is an annual event to benefit the Street Vendor Project at the Urban Justice Center, a membership-based organization that provides advocacy and legal services for nearly 2,000 vendor members. The Vendys’ modest beginnings took place in 2005 in an East Village garage; today, the nation’s first street food event has expanded across the country to include events in Los Angeles and Philadelphia.

Harlem Seafood Soul

All nominees included:

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR FINALISTS: The Basket, Harlem Seafood Soul, Los Viajeros Food Truck, Mr. Bing, Puran Dhaka, Sisig City.

BEST MARKET VENDOR FINALISTS: Arepalicious, Big Mozz, Matzahbrei, NJS Foods, Tuson Sate.

BEST DESSERT FINALISTS: Sweetface Snoballs, The Good Batch, Raindrop Cake, A Lil’ Bit Of Fun, Delmy’s Obleas.

STREET VEGAN FINALISTS: Bamboo Bites, Monk’s Meat, Jerk Shack, Mysttik Masaala, The Vegan Bandwagon, Yeah Dawg.

 VENDY CUP FINALISTS: Cachapas On Wheels, Gladis’ Empanadas, Tacos El Rancho, Traditional Chinese Cuisine.


Monk’s Meat


ElizaBeth Taylor is a journalist for Times Square Chronicles and is a frequent guest at film, fashion and art events throughout New York City and Los Angeles due to her stature as The Sensible Socialite.Passionate about people ElizaBeth spent many years working as a travel reporter and television producer after graduating with high honors from University of Southern California. The work has afforded her the opportunity to explore Europe, Russia, South America, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. It has greatly influenced the way in which ElizaBeth sees a story and has created a heightened awareness for the way people around the world live today.

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