The Third Annual Philadelphia Vendy Awards
Sat., June 8, at Penn Treaty Park. streetvendor.org/vendys
The latest dish: A food-truck cook-off between the Cow & the Curd, Lil’ Pop Shop, King of Falafel, Sweet Box Cupcakes, Poi Dog, Foo Truck, Chez Yasmine, Chewy’s, Tot Cart, KAMI, Lil Dan’s and Sugar Philly.
Description: A bunch of food truck vendors arranged in a loose circle and plenty of sunshine to wash down the decadence. The beer from Brooklyn Brewery helped with that, too. People wandered around Penn Treaty Park in a feverish food dream, attempting to gauge the sometimes odd, often delectable goodies being offered by these mobile eateries. In a not very surprising turn, the Cow & the Curd, which specializes in deep-fried cheese, won the People’s Choice Award. If I had my way, it would have gone to KAMI; their bulgogi cheesesteak was dense, flavorful and paired well with the beer on hand. And still, of everything I ate, Lil’ Pop Shop’s popsicles are what I crave the most. Coconut hibiscus popsicles are the ultimate summer snack.
Yum or yuck: Yum. Way too many hits to take away from the scattered misses. The food truck game in Philly is too good to ignore.