Philly food is so much more than cheesesteaks. Let us show you.
On Saturday, June 13, the 5th annual Vendy Awards will once again celebrate the growing local food truck movement—this year atop the JFK Bridge East of 30th Street Station. For $65, you can join in the fun for five hours from 1-6pm, sampling all the food your stomach can handle from the nominated food trucks as well as beer from Sly Fox and wine from Santa Cristina. There will also be sodas if you’re not into day drinking, and live entertainment to keep you distracted while you wait in line for the next bit of food.
Nominees for the various awards will be divided into three categories as voted on by the judges: the overall Vendy Cup, Rookie of the Year, and Dessert. Judges include Jonathan Deutch (Professor of Culinary Arts and Food Science at Drexel University), Bryan Mayer (Owner of Kensington Quarters in Fishtown), Brian O’Reilly (Sly Fox Brewmaster), and Mark Squilla (First District City Councilman). And just in case you don’t agree with these judges, each ticket gives you the chance to vote for your own Peoples’ Choice winner.
For the Desserts award, competitors will include Pound Cake Heaven, Sweet Lavender, UndrGrnd Donuts, Jimmies Cupcake Co., and Luscious Bakery. In line for Rookie of the Year are Rigatoni’s Mobile Crab Cakes, Jerry’s Kitchen, Philly Fry, and SeoulFul Philly. Finally, competing for the prestigious Vendy Cup will be Foolish Waffles, Flying Deutschman, Mom-Mom’s, The Mixin Bowl, and Butter Food Truck. With that kind of line-up serving unending eats, $65 is an extremely reasonable fee.
Did we mention all tickets count as a tax deductible donation to The Food Trust (creators of the Night Market) and the Philadelphia Mobile Food Association? Or that children 8-12 can get tickets for $45? If you play your cards right, parents, you can get your kids in and get them both lunch and dinner for a single ticket. And you can relax with some beer and wine in the process.
We’ve been going to the Vendy’s for a few years now, and the event never disappoints. The food truck scene in Philadelphia is always growing, and even with a lack of repeat attendees from year to year, there are always new and exciting trucks to take their place. It’s also much easier to catch all these trucks in one place rather than try and run all over the city to track each of them down.
Descriptions of each of the participants and judges can be found on the Vendy’s website, along with links to buy tickets. But be sure to get them in advance, as the price goes up if you buy them on-site. Hope to see you among the trucks on the 13th!
What is your favorite local food truck? Let us know in the comments!