In honor of the 10th anniversary of the Vendy Awards: New York’s premiere street food competition, the Vendys are bringing back past winners from the last decade to compete in a head-to-head grilling showdown for the new Masters Cup. The grill-off will take place on September 13 on Governor’s Island, and the finalists are the iconic Calexico (Mexican/Southern BBQ), Hallo Berlin (German Soul Food), King of Falafel (and his infamous chicken shawarma and white sauce), NY Dosas Guy (vegan Sri Lankan food), and Solber Pupusas (Salvadorian tortillas).
Most of the past winners have come a long way since their last trophy, like Calexico, who since their 2008 victory has opened up a fleet of restaurants across the city, and the King of Falefel’s goods can be seen at select grocery stores in the city.
The Vendy Awards themselves have also grown up since starting with a small contest of four food trucks in a parking lot — there are now over 175 vendors competing every year and competitions are held in Philadelphia, L.A. and Chicago. The finalists for this year’s regular competition will also be announced soon.
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Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter@JoannaFantozzi