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Representing the best of the tri-state area, food truck vendors and eaters gathered this past Saturday on Governors Island in New York, to compete for the ultimate food truck honor - The Vendy Cup.
The Vendy Awards are NYC's premier street food showcase and an intense cook-off between the best sidewalk chefs – as well as one of the city's most beloved and widely anticipated food events! The event is a true celebration of respect and gratitude for vendors and everything they provide. The awards also boasted a celebrity panel including Gayle King the Editor-at-Large of O, The Oprah Magazine, and host of The Gayle King Show, as well as comedian Colin Quinn, CNN's Kat Kinsman, and New York Times columnistJohn T. Edge, and street food enthusiast Zenia Muna as the citizen judge.
The Vendy Cup winner selected by the panel of judges was Solber Pupusas, a truck that serves pupusas. According tho their website, "The most authentic and traditional food from El Salvador, pupusas are grilled corn masa patties hand shaped and stuffed with cheese and various filings."
The People’s Taste award, selected by the hundreds who attended and tasted food from finalists in each award category, went toSouvlaki GR, an authentic Greek food truck that claims to be the best and freshest Greek food in NYC
Rookie of the Year went to Korilla BBQ, a truck that serves up Korean BBQ in burritos, tacos, or in a bowl. The highlight? Kimchi and authentic Korean vegetables.
The winner in the dessert category was Wooly's, a healthy fruit snow ice accompanied with a variety of toppings including fresh seasonal fruits and sumptuous syrups.
Best of NJ award went to Taco Truck which serves up delicious local and organic Mexican food, both sustainable and eco friendly.
And the Vendy hero went to Paty's Taco for its initiative in leading the legal challenge to a city law prohibiting sales of merchandise from metered parking spots.
The event is a fundraiser for the Street Vendors Project, a membership-based non-profit organization that stands up for vendors' rights.