Dumbo, NY: ‘Vendies’ food-cart cook-off coming to Sunset Park in September

ROSIER, LINDA, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS The Vendy finalist awards at the Tobacco Factory on New Docks street in Dumbo.- Visitors taste food from the 5 finalists.- Mohammed Rahman serves from his cart " Kwik Meal" with the Brooklyn Bridge in the background. The competition, which benefits the Street Vendor Project at the Urban Justice Center, is moving back to Brooklyn this year, organizers said.

By Mark Morales  |  NY Daily News

ROSIER, LINDA, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS The Vendy finalist awards at the Tobacco Factory on New Docks street in Dumbo.- Visitors taste food from the 5 finalists.- Mohammed Rahman serves from his cart " Kwik Meal" with the Brooklyn Bridge in the background. The competition, which benefits the Street Vendor Project at the Urban Justice Center, is moving back to Brooklyn this year, organizers said.
ROSIER, LINDA, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
The Vendy finalist awards at the Tobacco Factory on New Docks street in Dumbo.- Visitors taste food from the 5 finalists.- Mohammed Rahman serves from his cart ” Kwik Meal” with the Brooklyn Bridge in the background. The competition, which benefits the Street Vendor Project at the Urban Justice Center, is moving back to Brooklyn this year, organizers said.

It’s the Oscars of street food, and it’s moving to Sunset Park.

The Vendy Awards — the street-cart competition in which short-order cuisine kings are pitted against each other in a cook-off royale — will set up shop in Industry City in September.

Last year’s event drew 2,000 foodies to Governor’s Island, and organizers said they decided to bring the foodfest to Brooklyn in hopes of whetting even more healthy appetites.

“We want to find a place that had a culture of street food and also bring [eaters] to a place they never would have been before,” said Vendy managing director Helena Tubis.

“There’s a rich culture of street food in Sunset Park and the ethnic community that lives there. It’s part of our excitement.”

Early bird tickets for the all-you-can-eat food festival that’s returning to Brooklyn for the first time since 2008 will cost $85.

Regular tickets are going for $95.

Early entry tickets — which get you in the door and also let you cut the lines — are going for $145.

The food cart cook-off has become so popular that cities like Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Boston and Chicago are all sporting their own version of the tasting war.

The event serves as a benefit for the Street Vendor Project at the Urban Justice Center, which provides advocacy and legal services to more than 1,500 vendor members, according to its website.

Officials are accepting nominations for participants in the food fight. Visit http://streetvendor.org/vendys/nominations.

Meanwhile, past street cart operators said the invitation is an honor.

“We get a lot of people coming to Red Hook looking for us. It’s a good feeling,” said Perla Perez, part-owner of the family-run Piatzlan Authentic Mexican food truck — last year’s Vendy Cup winner out of Red Hook.

Perez — a Park Slope native who serves pork, beef and goat tacos — said bringing the food truck award show to the neighborhood makes perfect sense.

“You have Mexican, Peruvian, Colombian, Dominican food — it’s so diverse in Sunset Park,” said Perez.

Adam Sobel who runs the Cinnamon Snail food truck, has been slinging organic vegan food and pastries at the Vendy Awards for the last three years and hopes to get a spot and win the cup this year.

“It would just be really great recognition for vegan food in general,” Sobel said. “It’s an event that draws real street food enthusiasts and that’s predominantly people who like eating meat.

“If we win this, it would mean that vegan street food is just as wonderful and exciting as traditional street food.”

To buy tickets visit http://nycvendys2013.eventbrite.com/#

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