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A Look at the Winners: 2012 Vendy Awards

A Look at the Winners: 2012 Vendy Awards

On Saturday, food lovers lined up on Governors Island for the Vendy Awards, an annual street-food celebration and benefit organized by the Urban Justice Center. The non-profit works to support city vendors, providing access to licenses and advocating for vendor rights.

This year's judges included Food & Wine restaurant editor Kate Krader, the Das Racist crew, and chef/TV personality Eddie Huang. Below, a look at the winners plus a few highlights:

Street-food fans get down to business at picnic tables, while others lounge on the grass
Street-food fans get down to business at picnic tables, while others lounge on the grass
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The People's Taste Award went to Cinnamon Snail, Adam Sobel's organic, vegan food truck that serves sweet and savory delights
The People's Taste Award went to Cinnamon Snail, Adam Sobel's organic, vegan food truck that serves sweet and savory delights
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Vendy judge Eddie Huang
Vendy judge Eddie Huang
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The Perez family of Piaztlan Authentic Mexican takes home the highly coveted Vendy Cup!
The Perez family of Piaztlan Authentic Mexican takes home the highly coveted Vendy Cup!
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You can find Piaztlan's excellent goat meat tacos, flautas, and cemitas at the Red Hook Ball Fields on the weekends.
You can find Piaztlan's excellent goat meat tacos, flautas, and cemitas at the Red Hook Ball Fields on the weekends.
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Who took home Best Dessert?

 

Melt won Best Dessert for its enormous ice cream sandwiches (the components of which are churned/baked on the Lower East Side)
Melt won Best Dessert for its enormous ice cream sandwiches (the components of which are churned/baked on the Lower East Side)
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Lumpia Shack took home the Best Market Vendor title for their Pinoy spring rolls made with local ingredients.
Lumpia Shack took home the Best Market Vendor title for their Pinoy spring rolls made with local ingredients.
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Big ol' Philly cheesesteaks on Amoroso rolls, from newcomer Phil's Steaks
Big ol' Philly cheesesteaks on Amoroso rolls, from newcomer Phil's Steaks
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Phil's won Rookie of the Year
Phil's won Rookie of the Year
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Sammy Kassem of Middle Eastern Halal accepted an award for Most Heroic Vendor, after fighting to maintain his business in Bay Ridge.
Sammy Kassem of Middle Eastern Halal accepted an award for Most Heroic Vendor, after fighting to maintain his business in Bay Ridge.
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It's good to take friends to these things, so you can hold more food.
It's good to take friends to these things, so you can hold more food.

Read the most recent posts on our food blog or check our longer weekly reviews. Contact the writer at trao@villagevoice.com.


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