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Philly Vendy Awards 2013

2013-Vendy-Awards

A few weeks ago we wrote a post encouraging our fellow Philly Phoodies to attend the 3rd annual Vendy Awards at Penn Treaty Park. To read our original post: CLICK HERE. Well, on Saturday June 8th we made it to this fun celebration which supports local street vendors and food trucks and helped raise money for The Food Trust. We arrived just in time for beautiful weather, great food, and refreshing brews from The Brooklyn Brewery. (Well, you had to sort of chug your beer because the warm weather did not allow a cold beer for long!)

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We were a little surprised to arrive only an hour into the event and find that a couple of food trucks had run out of a few items. (Better planning next year?) The lines were very long at most trucks, particularly Christos’ Falafel Cart. Even though it had no sign in front of it, people seemed to know that they were serving up a feast compared to most trucks. People were raving about their food. It caught us by surprise when, instead, Falafel King took the coveted Vendy Cup Award for the day. We sampled their food and thought it was ok, nothing to write home about…or maybe we were a little put off as no one smiled or greeted us, let alone look our way when we approached their truck. We just sort of grabbed their samples and walked away. 😦

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The judges this year included Andrew Gerson…co-founder of Philadelphia Mobile Food Vendors Association and executive chef for Brooklyn Brewery, Lauren Purcell…Editor-in-Chief of Every Day with Rachel Ray, Paul Kimport…chef and co-owner of Johnny Brenda’s and Standard Tap, and Emilio Mignucci…owner of Di Bruno Brothers. They definitely had their work cut out for them.

The vote was easy for us…we were most excited about The Cow and the Curd!

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We first fell in love with their amazing cheese creations at EATS Philly earlier this year. For the review of that event: CLICK HERE. We were surprised that they had not won any awards that night, but this time around they won two! They received both the “People’s Choice Award” and sponsor Tide’s Stain Stick “Tasty but Messy Award” (though we think it was one of the least messy out of all the trucks! What’s so messy about picking up a nugget of fried cheese goodness and popping it in your mouth? lol).  We’re bummed we didn’t get to try the Lil Pop Shop’s mini popsicle treats. They were a big hit and they ran out quickly. They received the “Best Sweet Award” for the second year.  However, we loving the several cupcake trucks.

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As the afternoon progressed, so did the warm temperature. While there was plenty of water and beer available, some margaritas would have been ideal! 😉  It got a little tiring to wait in long lines and in the end we actually felt like a little more food variety could have been offered. Regardless, what really made the day, was that we were introduced to some new foods and ran into some familiar favorites, all for a great cause.  We look forward to attending the Vendy Awards in 2014.

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2 comments on “Philly Vendy Awards 2013

    • Hey there…the winners were

      Falafel King -Vendy Cup award (not sure we agree)

      The Cow and the Curd won people’s Choice Award and Tide’s Tasty but messy. (They had our votes!)

      Lil Pop Shop’s mini popsicle treats won Best Sweet Award. Was a fun day!

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