The Vendy Awards are coming to Chicago! On Saturday, October 5th, at Kendall College, we’ll determine the best street food vendor in Chicago while raising money for Slow Food Chicago & Asociación de Vendedores Ambulantes (AVA)
A LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKETS
WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR
The Vendys are:
- An intense cook-off between the best sidewalks chefs in the city.
- A festival of respect and gratitude for all vendors and everything they provide us–from your morning coffee (half-and-half, two sugars) to the $2 umbrella when you get caught in the thunderstorm.
- A fundraiser for Slow Food Chicago, a non-profit organization that seeks to create dramatic and lasting change in our local food system to ensure equity, sustainability and pleasure in the food we eat.
- A fundraiser for Asociación de Vendedores Ambulantes (AVA), a non-profit organization that unites street vendors and their allies in the city to fight for regulations that would allow vendors to sell their products in a public space.
Each ticket is also a tax-deductible donation.
WE EXPECT TO SELL OUT. BUY YOUR TICKET IN ADVANCE!
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. In 2011 we expanded to Philly and LA. This year we launched the e vent in New Orleans, and this October we are bringing the show to Chicago. The Vendys are one of the greatest food events in all the land.
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 Slow Food Chicago, a non-profit organization that seeks to create dramatic and lasting change in our local food system to ensure equity, sustainability and pleasure in the food we eat, and Asociación de Vendedores Ambulantes (AVA), a non-profit organization that unites street vendors and their allies in the city to fight for regulations that would allow vendors to sell their products in a public space.
How does it work?
Simple enough--the best street food vendors in Chicago are 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 and general festiveness.
Where and when?
Saturday, October 5th, 2013 from 1pm to 5pm at Kendall College.
Which vendors are eligible for nomination?
Anyone who sells food in the streets, sidewalks or public spaces, anywhere in Chicago. Finalists will be determined by who gets the most nominations – however we will make sure that the finalists represent the wondrous diversity of Chicago street food.
How will you avoid a street food catastrophe?
We’ve been running this event for a long time, 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 UNLIMITED beer from BROOKLYN BREWERY. And, since the Vendy Awards Chicago are a fundraiser for non-profit organizations, 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?
Press pass requests can be made here. Press passes are limited.
My company would like to sponsor the Vendy Awards Chicago. What should I do?
Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at (917) 716.8253. Last year's event brought out hundreds of food-savvy guests and attracted wide media attention. We’re pretty sure the round two will be even bigger.