2012 philadelphia vendy awards

Last Saturday was the 2nd annual Philadelphia Vendy Awards. This year, the awards were held at the Lot in University City at the corner of 39th & Market Sts. Like last year, these awards are brought to you by The Street Vendor Project, a NYC based organization that supports and helps street vendors, and The Food Trust, a Philadelphia non-profit working to bring local and healthy food to the area.

There were twelve vendors competing for the Vendy Cup, People’s Choice, and Best Dessert. The twelve vendors were:

The Smoke Truck – Southern BBQ
Tacos Don Memo – Mexican
Lil Dan’s Gourmet – Italian & American
Delicias – Venezuelan
Vernalicious – Eclectic Comfort Food
King of Falafel – Middle Eastern
Foo Truck – Asian inspired Sandwiches
Yumtown – Southern, Mexican, and Asian influenced, locally sourced, seasonal food
Lil’ Pop Shop – Popsicles
Sugar Philly – French Macarons
Little Baby’s Ice Cream – Ice Cream & Frozen Desserts
Sweet Box – Cupcakes

This year’s awards were emcee’d by Anna Goldfarb (Shmitten Kitten). The judging panel this year consisted of Collin Flatt (Eater Philly), Tony Luke, Jr. (Tony Luke’s), Joy Manning (Philadelphia Magazine), Lari Robling (Philadelphia Daily News), and Marcie Turney (Barbuzzo, Jamonera).

pops from lil’ pop shop (CL from left: goat cheese w/ wine soaked figs, vietnamese iced coffee, sweet & salty summer corn)

It sure was hotter than last year’s awards. Attendance seemed to be a lot less and there was a heavy downpour at some point, but it was still a lot of fun. All the trucks put out some great food, though my favorites of the awards were the pops from Lil’ Pop Shop, especially the Goat Cheese w/ Wine Soaked Figs and Vietnamese Iced Coffee, the pulled pork & mac and cheese from The Smoke Truck, and the pulled pork grilled cheese from Vernalicious. Sugar Philly is also serving ice cream as a filling on their macarons! They served a caramel ice cream that was delicious. Little Baby’s Ice Cream had a red velvet Spodee chocolate swirl flavor that was great as well!

winners of the 2011 philly vendys, gigi and big r

The winners of the 2012 Philadelphia Vendy Awards were:

The Smoke Truck – Vendy Cup
Vernalicious – People’s Choice
Lil’ Pop Shop – Best Dessert

Check out more photos after the jump:

the joy (beer braised pork) from yumtown

carnitas taco & chicken burrito from tacos don memo

milk & honey and blueberry lemon macarons from sugar philly

braised meatball foowich from the foo truck

mark and blake of the smoke truck

enjoying a vietnamese iced coffee pop from lil’ pop shop

pulled pork grilled cheese from vernalicious

red velvet spodee chocolate swirl from little baby’s ice cream

pulled pork & mac and cheese from the smoke truck

best dessert goes to…lil’ pop shop

people’s choice goes to…vernalicious

and the vendy cup goes to…the smoke truck

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  1. Great pics!! Looks delicious – especially those tacos. I went to the vendy’s last year – great time,.

  2. REbecca says:

    Love your posts keep posting!

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