1st Annual Philadelphia Vendy Awards
Saturday, July 9, 2011 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)
PLEASE NOTE THAT TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE VIA THE WEB UNTIL 5pm FRIDAY, JULY 8th. AFTER THAT POINT, TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASE WITH CASH AT THE DOOR.
After six years in New York, the Vendy Awards are coming to Philadelphia. On July 9th, at the Piazza at Schmidt’s, we’ll determine the best street food vendor in Philadelphia while raising money for The Food Trust.
The Vendys are:
Each ticket is also a tax deductible donation.
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*Jennifer Carroll, Chef de Cuisine, 10 Arts Bistro & Lounge
*Brian McManus, Food and music editor at Philadelphia Weekly
*Drew Lazor, editor of the Meal Ticket blog at the Philadelphia City Paper
*Philadelphia's Mayor Nutter
*Michael Solomonov Winner of the James Beard Award for Best Chef of the Mid-Atlantic Region, executive chef at Zahav, and partner in Xochitl and Percy Street Barbecue
What are the Vendy Awards?
The Vendys are a yearly street food cook-off that, since 2005, has determined the best street chef in NYC. It has become one of the greatest food events in New York. Mario Batali called the Vendys “the Oscars of food for the real New York.” Now, they are coming to Philly!
What’s the point?
The point is to celebrate the street vendors who serve us every day, and who bring so much culinary and cultural life to our streets and public spaces. Also, to raise money for The Food Trust, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to building a strong local and healthy food economy.
How does it work?
Simple enough. Until June 10th, we’ll take public nominations to determine who will be the lucky 8-10 vendors invited to compete against each other for street food glory. At the event, we’ll have a team of distinguished judges score the finalists and decide who get the coveted Vendy Cup. The general public can also buy tickets to the event, to enjoy the vendors’ food as well as beer, wine and general festiveness.
Where and when?
Saturday, July 9th, 2011 from 3pm to 7pm at the Piazza at Schmidts in Northern Liberties. You can find directions here.
Which vendors are eligible for nomination?
Anyone who sells food in the streets, sidewalks or public spaces, anywhere in Philadelphia. Finalists will be determined by who gets the most nominations – however we will make sure that the finalists represent the wondrous diversity of Philadelphia street food.
How will you avoid a street food catastrophe?
We’ve been running this event for six years, and no one has ever gone home hungry or thirsty. We’ll stop selling tickets when we reach our limit. Because vendors can only work so fast, you will have to stand in line, but that is where you make new friends. One couple even got married after meeting in line at the Vendys! Results may vary, however.
What does my ticket get me?
Admission to the event, where you’ll get to eat food from all the finalists while enjoying your fill of beer and wine. And, since the Vendy Awards Philadelphia are a benefit event for a non-profit organization, your ticket is tax-deductible.
Can I buy my ticket later or at the door?
Maybe, but tickets are going fast. And, if there are still any available, same-day tickets will go for $60. Best buy yours now to be safe and save some money.
Are kids welcome? Do they need tickets?
We love kids and kids love street food. Children 8 and under don’t need a ticket. Otherwise, they do.
I’m a member of the press. How do I get a press pass or arrange to interview the organizers or individual vendors?
Do not call, but send an email to Eric Koch at Eric@berlinrosen.com. Please include your contact info and the name of your publication. Press passes are limited.
My company would like to sponsor the Vendy Awards Philadelphia. What should I do?
Drop us a line at email@example.com or give us a call at (917) 716.8253. Our New York event brings out hundreds of food-savvy guests each year and attracts international media attention. We’re pretty sure the Vendys Philadelphia will be just as big..
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