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One of NYC’s Biggest Street Food Festivals Has Its Final Run Next Month

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NYC’s top street food vendors will gather at Governors Island in September

A pair of tacos stuffed with meat, green cilantro, and onions, served with sliced radishes and cucumbers
Beefrria-Landia
Robert Sietsema/Eater

New York City’s top street food vendors will compete one last time in the long-running Vendy Awards food festival, which will have its last hurrah this September.

The cook off, which helps raise money for non-profit Street Vendor Project, a champion of street food vending in NYC, will pin 15 past finalists and winners against each other this year. Those vendors represent the crème de la crème of New York street food, including popular street food stall Arepa Lady and South India vendor NY Dosa They’ll be judged by the attendees of the event in what’s been dubbed the “All-Star Vendy Cup.”

Food will include vegetarian crêpes from NY Dosa, plates of hummus and halal food from King of Falafel & Shawarma, and Colombian snacks from the Arepa Lady. See a full list of vendors below.

The cook-off will also open its doors to newer vendors and those that specialize in sweets only. Six “freshman” vendors will compete for an award, including Beefrria-Landia, a taco truck that serves an excellent version of the spicy Mexican stew known as birria, per Eater critic Robert Sietsema. While a handful of dessert vendors, including churros Smorgasburg vendor Dulcinea and Grilla’in Manilla from the Queens Night Market, will also compete against one another.

The Vendy Awards began in 2005 to give street vendors, many of who have migrated to NYC from all over the world, a stage for their foods. After 15 years, it’ll hold its last event on September 21 at Governors Island; tickets can be purchased here.

All-Star Vendy Cup

NY Dosa: South India’s vegetarian crêpes
Tony Dragon’s Grille: Greek and Mediterranean sandwiches, gyros, and more
King of Falafel and Shawarma: Halal food
Patacon Pisao: Venezuelan dishes made with plantains called patacon
The Cinnamon Snail: Vegan bites
King Souvlaki: Greek sandwiches and gyro platters
Harlem Seafood Soul: Soul food like fish and chips, and shrimp and grits
Nansense: Afghan comfort foods
Mysttik Masaala: Indian cuisine like chicken biryani
Lechonera La Piraña: Puerto Rican staples
Guandong Cheong Fun: Southern Chinese comfort food
Nuchas: Varied foods ranging from empanadas to shrimp jambalaya
The Arepa Lady: Colombian arepas
Chef Samir: Traditional Moroccan food

Vendy Freshman

Beefrria-Landia: Beef birria tacos and tostadas
Antojitos Doña Fela: Peruvian tamales, empanadas, and ceviche
Kingston Food Truck: Jamaican grilled meats and plates
Tong: Bangladeshi street food
Mom’s Momo: Tibetan dumplings
Mak’s Malaysian Food: Malaysian cuisine

Dessert Cup

Wafels & Dinges: Belgian waffles, coffee, and ice cream
Grilla’in Manilla: Filipino barbeceue
Dulcinea: Spanish churros and other pastries

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