The Vendy Awards, the year’s most anticipated street food showdown, returns for the 15th and final year on Saturday, September 21st, to fan favorite Governors Island. Twenty-five vendors will compete for the All-Star Vendy Cup (finalists and winners from past years), Best Freshman, and Best Dessert. The event supports the Street Vendor Project, a membership-based project with more than 2,000 vendor members who are working together to create a vendors’ movement for permanent change.

The Street Vendor Project began the Vendy Awards to raise the profile of NYC’s street food vendors and their indisputable contributions to the culinary and cultural fabric of the City. The Vendys was the first event of its kind to celebrate the excellent food available on our city's streets and the hard working people who bring it to us each day. Fifteen years later, the success of that mission is visible in the weekly street food markets now operating throughout the five boroughs. The first Vendys, in 2005, featured just four vendors from Manhattan, in a modest garage space. Last year, more than 2,000 New Yorkers turned up to Governors Island, to judge the grill-to-grill cook-off, with 25 vendors representing every corner of the world and New York City.

General Admission tickets are on sale now. Attendees will have unlimited sampling opportunities from 25 vendors along with unlimited beer and wine. VIP tickets provide an additional hour of eating plus VIP bar and tent access. Check out the full list of finalists and purchase tickets here:

This post is brought to you by our partner, The Street Vendor Project.