Philadelphia Will Host its First Vendy Awards, a Food Truck Competition & Cook-Off on July 9th

by Allison Stadd |

The Vendy Awards are coming to Philadelphia this summer! The popular food truck event, which got its start in New York six years ago, will take place Saturday, July 9 at the Piazza at Schmidts

A showcase of Philly street food, The Vendys will feature an intense grill-to-grill cook-off will determine who Philadelphia’s best street vendor is. Awards include Rookie of the Year, Best Dessert, People’s Taste Award and the highly coveted Vendy Cup, awarded by a panel of celebrity judges (yet to be announced).


Meanwhile, food truck participants have not yet been announced either and The Vendys want your help in nominating your favorites. Until June 20th, The Vendys are taking public nominations to determine who will be the lucky 8-10 vendors invited to compete against each other for street food glory.

Philly certainly has plenty to choose from; check out our roundup from last month of some of the best “moveable feasts” roaming the streets of Philadelphia.

Last year, three Philadelphia food trucks — Honest Tom’s Tacos, Denise’s Soul Food Restaurant and Birch Run on a Roll — attended the 2010 Vendys in New York, at which the announcement was made that the competition would be debuting in Philadelphia this year.

Tickets for the Philadelphia Vendys are available online. All proceeds benefit The Food Trust, a local non-profit striving to improve the nutrition of under-privileged children and adults.

This is no backyard BBQ. Your ticket includes food from all the finalists, plus your fill of wine, beer and soda.

Philadelphia is attracting more and more high-end culinary events (see also: Burger Brawl, coming June 4), and we’re pretty pumped.

Vendy Awards
When: Saturday, July 9, 3-7 p.m.
Where: Piazza at Schmidts, 2nd Street and Germantown Avenue
Cost: Tickets start at $25
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