Not only do the Guerrilla Ice Cream guys make excellent ice cream, they know how to juggle, too.
Both the sun and the crowds turned out in force for the sixth-annual Vendy Awards, which were held on Saturday on Governors Island. Some twelve hundred people showed up to patronize 18 food trucks, meaning that there were long lines to go along with the gastric overload. But there are certainly worse ways to pass the time than hanging out in the sun, waiting to eat good food, and the waits were greeted with patience and good humor.
By far the longest lines were for the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck and the Kelvin Natural Slush Co. Although the latter ultimately won the Best Dessert award for their all-natural slushies, the former’s Doug Quint should have been given a Miss Congeniality prize for his endless good cheer. Asked if he was downing Red Bull to keep up with customer demand, Quint joked that he was actually running on meth: “There’s a rotten tooth in every cone!”
In an awards ceremony MC’d by the redoubtable Pat Kiernan, the Best Rookie nod went to the Souvlaki Truck and both the People’s Choice and 2010 Vendy Cup were awarded to Astoria’s King of Falafel & Schwarma, which beat out the Bistro Truck, El Rey de Sabor, Patacon Pisao, and Schnitzel & Things for the top honor. Accepting the Vendy Cup, falafel king Freddy Zeideia, held his little grandson and said, “Now I’m really the king.” In the audience, one woman declared that Zeideia, a three-time award finalist, was “the Susan Lucci of the Vendys.” “No,” her friend said. “He’s the Kate Winslet. He won two awards!”
Click through for photos from the event, which was the biggest — and possibly sunniest — in Vendy history.
Succulent and flavorful beets with goat’s cheese and cilantro from the Rookie Award-nominated Mexicue truck.
The Cinnamon Snail crew dressed up as cops…
…and served, clockwise from bottom right: tempeh over truffled mashed potatoes with argula and white wine-French mustard dressing; Korean barbecue seitan; and Ginger Island grilled tofu over coconut mashed yams and greens with mango salsa.
The line for the Schnitzel & Things truck.
Even the police showed up to wait in line for Denise’s Soul Food, a Philly truck that sold out about two hours after the Vendys began.
Cheesy, carby goodness from Vendy Cup finalist Patacon Pisao.
Rosa and Vilio Cardoso worked the El Rey de Sabor truck.
Putting the finishing touches on a chicken platter at the King of Falafel & Schwarma.
True to its name, the falafel was fit for royalty.
A breakfast taco — eggs, potatoes, cheese, and guacamole — from Honest Tom’s Taco Shop, a truck visiting from Philadelphia.
Guerrilla’s 8888 Uprising — mango sorbet with shredded coconut, palm sugar, and lime — was delicious.
The wait for the Kelvin Natural Slush Co….
…was rewarded by blends like ginger ice with blueberry purée.
The Kelvin line was matched only by that for the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck.
The truck’s attempt at crowd control. Although the samples were great, most people stayed in line for a cone, and used the samples to fortify themselves during the wait.
Doug Quint proffers a cone.
The truck got gussied up for the Vendys.
The Bea Arthur: vanilla ice cream with crushed Nilla wafers and dulce de leche.
Pat Kiernan, awards ceremony MC.
Alex Rein accepts the Kelvin Natural Slush Co.’s award for Best Dessert.
The Souvlaki Truck crew accepts their Best Rookie award, with the Street Vendor Project director Sean Basinski at far right.
The King of Falafel & Schwarma crew celebrate their win of the 2010 Vendy Cup.
A lone vendor stood outside of the fence that cordoned off the awards from the rest of Governors Island.
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This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on September 27, 2010