N.O. set to host street food vendor competition

The Vendy Awards street food competition is coming to New Orleans.

Started in New York City eight years ago, the Vendy Awards is an annual fundraiser for the Street Vendor Project of the Urban Justice Center, a project working for improvement in street vendor conditions, a news release said.

The competition is also held in Los Angeles, and Philadelphia, and will hold its first New Orleans event on March 13 at the French Market.

“New Orleans has such a vibrant culinary history that we couldn’t think of a better city for the Vendys,” said Helena Tubis, national marketing director for the awards. “We’re eager for the stars of the city’s street food scene to compete to see who will be named New Orleans’ top street chef.”

Patrons can nominate their choice for best sidewalk chef and purchase tickets at http://vendysnola.eventbrite.com. A panel of judges will award the Vendy Cup while visitors will pick the winner of the People’s Choice Award.

Premium Tickets are $36 and include a sample from each vendor, unlimited Brooklyn Brewery beer, a bottle of water and a People’s Choice vote.

General Admission tickets are $24 and include a sample from each vendor, three Brooklyn Brewery beers or waters and a People’s Choice vote.

Pay-As-You-Go tickets are $6 and include a beer or bottle of water . Children over 6 are $15, which nets them a sample from each vendor and a People’s Choice vote. Admission is free for children under 6.