On a cloudy but warm Saturday, on the 12th of September, Governor’s Island played host to 25 food vendors and hundreds of New Yorkers for a big event. The Vendy Awards is often referred to as the Oscars of New York’s food vendors, where the best gather to be judged by an expert panel. It was also a sweet afternoon where the independent spirit of the vendors and groups of friends and families came together to enjoy one of the last few days of Summer.
The field was crowded and it seemed like every food item was essential to try. The first vendor that greeted us was the Hard Time Sundaes, which does not in fact serve sundaes but irresistible mini cheeseburgers. The Snowday truck had sticky maple grilled cheese sandwiches, which looked nicely charred and flattened. The folks at Home Frite served up hot crispy french fries with unconventional toppings such as curry ketchup and roasted poblano peppers. There were a few European delights, the Souvlaki Lady, the Zeus Lunch Box and Old Traditional Polish Cuisine, which served big and soft perogie
s and hearty pieces of kielbasas. The desserts of the day were Booqoo Beignets, Play J Ice Cream and The Doughnuttery.
The big win went to the Snowday grilled cheese sandwiches, which also won the people’s choice award. The Snowday food trucks are also part of a noble initiative called Drive Change, which employes formerly incarcerated youths. The Vendy Awards are a celebration of community and independent businesses, most of which maintain progressive and sustainable practices. The event is also a way to connect to the city and culture of New York City. Each owner was standing right by their vendor, ready to make conversation. There were no waiters, no menus. Just you, them, and good food.