The Vendy Awards Are Coming to L.A.

This is super exciting… The Street Vendor Project, a non profit organization that advocates for street vendors in New York City and beyond, announced this morning that they will be bringing The Vendy Awards (their annual “Oscars of Street Food”) to Los Angeles for the first time this year!  The Vendys are pretty much my favorite NYC event (and I’m not just saying because I got to be a judge last year.) It all goes down May 15th at MacArthur Park from 4-7pm, and will be the culminating event of a street vending conference being held at UCLA May 14th and 15th.  Tickets are on sale now for $50, and all proceeds go to benefit organizations that support street vendor rights in Los Angeles (like Los Loncheros, CHIRLA, and the UCLA Downtown Labor Center.)  A ticket gets you admission to the event, food from all the nominated vendors, plus your fill of beer, wine, and soda. And because it all goes to charity, it’s tax deductible.

It’s more of a celebration then a real competition, but there are official nominees and a winner will be crowned by a panel of distinguished judges.  So who will be competing at the event?  Well, that’s up to you… nominations are openfrom now until April 15th, and the nominees will be announced on May 1st.  Get more info about the event, buy your tickets, and nominate your favorite street vendor on the Vendy Award website>>


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