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Saturday, August 22, 2009

2009 Vendy Awards

I just read about the Vendy Awards on the New York food blog Bromography and thought it was worth sharing with you. I had no idea that New York held these awards, but I guess I'm not really surprised to learn that they exist. Essentially it's a big day of celebrating the street food of New York, culminating in a cook-off between the best street food vendors in the city.

I wonder who the finalists would be if we held such an event in Perth? We can automatically discount the Hare Krishnas with their bargain priced vegetarian wares, as I doubt they'd get into the competitive spirit of it all. I can think of the hotdog guy that sets up in the Hay St mall, and I remember a hotdog guy (maybe the same guy? It's all a little hazy) that could be found after you staggered out of Club Bay View late on a Saturday night after a few too many Midori Illusion shakers, or whatever it was I was drinking in first year uni. Oh, and I guess there is still the occasional Mr Whippy that you see doing the rounds every so often. Doesn't exactly make for a battle of the Titans.

So, here are the slightly more impressive finalists in this year's Vendy Awards. Probably best not to watch these if you're feeling a bit peckish.

Country Boys AKA Martinez Taco Truck

Jamaican Dutchy

Rickshaw Dumpling Truck

The King of Falafel and Shawarma

Biryani Cart

Pretty hot competition I would say! Elle at Bromography plans to sample them all, so I look forward to vicariously enjoying their offerings through her. I don't think I'll console myself with a mall hotdog.


eatlivetravelwrite August 22, 2009 at 11:02 PM  

Oh I know - I can't wait to read about her sampling!!!

Julia @ Mélanger August 23, 2009 at 6:26 AM  

Thanks for visiting my blog - all the way from Perth! :) I loved the street vendors in NYC. These awards are a great idea. They really do add to the atmosphere of the city. I can't go buy the pretzels. Big, chewy and delicious!

Betty August 24, 2009 at 2:42 PM  

Oh, that's so cool. I wish they had more street stalls/vendors in Sydney! I love street food lol.

Maria@TheGourmetChallenge August 25, 2009 at 6:11 PM  

Thats hilarious! When I think of new york street food I dont particularily think of great food. But after watching some of those videos, the food looks prety good. You're right, it will be hotely contested.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella August 25, 2009 at 6:33 PM  

Yum, I love street food! It gives me a real idea of the culture of a city to sample it! :)

Katherine August 26, 2009 at 9:29 AM  


First of all I just wanted to say thanks for entering the competition on my blog. I went to New York in June and I stayed near 46th avenue. I used to walk part Biryani Cart but the lines were always too long. One night after sight seeing I went for it and lined up to get their famous Biryani. OMG it was Amazing. If you ever get the chance to go to NY I would suggest to try their street food. Its cheap and really tasty..


Conor @ HoldtheBeef August 28, 2009 at 9:38 AM  

eatlivetravelwrite - me too! Bring it on :)

Julia - my pleasure, your photos are beautiful! I have to admit I'm a bit of a pretzel ignoramus. Guess I'll just have to get back to NYC soon to fix this!

Betty - yes me too! Especially when they are in competition with each other like this, vying for your money and stomach :D

Maria - yes, these have really changed my opinion! They look so fresh and like quite good quality food. Better than the typical fast food options in the city, that's for sure.

Lorraine - You can pretend you're a local, standing around chowing down and trying not to get sauce down your shirt ;)

Kath - hello! Thank you, I'm excited to have entered!! And wow, someone who has actually tried one of these, you're famous! ;) I was in NYC earlier this year and really missed my chance to try the street food. I'm determined to get stuck into it next time I'm there (god knows when that will be though).

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