finalists for the 2012 Vendy Cup and we were super excited to learn that 3 out of the 6 vendors are featured in our upcoming book New York a La Cart: Recipes and Stories from the Big Apple's Best Food Trucks. And if you spring for the VIP ticket to this year's event you can see Blondie and me demo a boozy slushie recipe from 2010 Dessert Vendy winner Kelvin Slush from our book...
The finalists are:
-The Cinnamon Snail (profiled in our book!)
-Uncle Gussy's (also profiled in our book!)
-Tortas Neza (yup, they're profiled in our book!)
-Xin Jiang Prosperity Kebabs (they're mentioned in our book, too!)
-Hamza and Medina Halal Food
-Piatzlan Authentic Mexican Food
The Vendys will be held on Governor's Island on Saturday, September 15th from 12:30 PM to 5:00 PM. Ticket will sell out. I promise you, they will sell out. Today they just announced VIP tickets for a special early entry experience. Here are the details...
VIP Early Entry Tickets will get you into the Vendy Awards an hour early--during this hour (11:30am entry) you can eat to your heart (and stomach's) delight without the lines. The number of tickets at this level is limited to ensure the ultimate street eating experience.
And if beginning your all-you-can-eat food experience an hour before the crowds arrive isn't enough, you will have exclusive access to the the following:
•Foodie “Meet-and-Eat:” Eat, drink, and hang out with some of this year’s celebrity judges and well-known foodies, including judge and Food & Wine Magazine Restaurant Editor Kate Krader, Zach Brooks of Midtown Lunch, and Ed Levine from Serious Eats.
•Street Food Mini-Tours: Turnstile Tours will be offering a mini-version of their regular food cart tours, featuring an up-close and personal experience with two of this year's nominees. VIPs will meet the owners, hear their stories, and learn some tidbits on the history of street food in NYC. All, of course, while sampling the delicious cuisine.
•Cooking Demos: BlondieandBrownie.com and MidtownLunch.com bloggers, Siobhan Wallace and Alexandra Penfold (hey, that's us!), will demo a refreshing slushie cocktail recipe from 2010 Dessert Vendy winner Kelvin Slush for their upcoming book New York a la Cart: Recipes and Stories from the Big Apple's Best Food Trucks (Running Press, Spring 2013).
Good for admission to the Vendy Awards. Copious amounts of food and wine. Each ticket is a tax deductible donation. Early Entry ticket buyers are entered into a lottery to become our "Citizen Judge," eat at Judges Table, and help choose our 2012 Vendy Cup winner. Limited Time Only, While Supplies Last.
If you're already bought your ticket you can upgrade to VIP for only $50 more. And the money goes to a great cause, The Street Vendor Project and their advocacy for vendors rights. So what are you waiting for? Go get your tickets now!