It’s no secret we here at Uwishunu are big fans of the ever-growing food truck scene in Philadelphia, and this weekend, the street food scene hits a high note with its annual battle royale — The Vendy Awards.
Now in its fourth year, the Philadelphia Vendy Awards are set to return to Philly to determine this year’s top curbside chef this Saturday, June 14, at scenic Penn Treaty Park in Fishtown.
Since last year, street-food vending has only increased in popularity in Philadelphia. Need an example? Just look to the tens of thousands of hungry folks who attended last month’s Night Market Philadelphia and the ever-increasing crowds to come out to pick up food-truck fare at the Porch at 30th Street Station, LOVE Park and beyond.
After a public round of nominations, a group of 15 finalists are set to compete for the coveted Vendy Cup. From makers of decadent sweets to dishers of your go-to lunch, the finalists represent a delectable range of the mobile food vendors that hit the streets of Philadelphia.
In the “sweet” category, competitors include Bonjour Creperie, Curbside Creamery, Jimmie’s Cupcakes Co. and Milk + Sugar.
Finalists contending for the Vendy Cup include The Cow & The Curd, Local 215, Prime Stache, Samosa Deb and Pie Stand.
This year, a new category brings in fresh food trucks from around town. Vendors competing for Rookie of the Year are Cheese E Wagon, Oink & Moo BBQ, Smokin’ Tacos, The Flying Deutschman, The Whirly Pig and the brand-new HEART Food Truck.
Judging this year’s Vendy Cup and dessert category winner is an all fabulous female lineup. On the judging panel, look for Felicia D’Ambrosio of Federal Donuts and CookNSolo Restaurants, Lily Fischer of Cake Life Bake Shop, Danya Henninger of Zagat, Philly.com and Philly Beer Scene Magazine, Ann Karlen of Fair Food, and Nicole Woon of Penn Appetit. Plus, Lily Cope of COOK will serve as emcee for the festivities.
Come out on Saturday to get your fill of food truck fare. Tickets to the event including all the food you can eat from the finalists, unlimited beer and a vote for the People’s Choice award.
Organized by The Street Vendor Project of the Urban Justice Center, the Vendys not only shine a light on some of Philadelphia’s most talented street-food chefs, but also serve as a fundraiser for The Food Trust, the region’s non-profit working to improve the health of children and adults while increasing access to good nutrition.
Tickets, $55, are tax-deductible and available online. Note that tickets at the door (if available) will be $5 more.
We suggest you scoop them up as quickly as possible, as the food truck fest has a history of selling out.
Philadelphia Vendy Awards
When: Saturday, June 14, 2-6 p.m.
Where: Penn Treaty Park, 1341 N. Delaware Avenue
Cost: $55 advance tickets
More info: www.streetvendor.org