Tuesday, July 16, 2013

VENDY awards

Philadelphia Vendy Awards 2013

Last month, on June 8th, I attended the 3rd annual Philadelphia Vendy Awards (a little delayed on writing about my experience).  The event took place at Penn Treaty Park overlooking the Delaware River with great sunny weather for converting Vitamin D.  Money was raised for The Food Trust, an organization striving to improve access to affordable, nutritious food.  Naturally, as a Registered Dietitian, I was excited to represent Farm to Philly at this event.  I spent a wonderful afternoon with my mom indulging in delicious food and sipping on beer.

Vendy Cup winner: The King of Falafel
I did not know what to expect from street food vendors... I usually just think of Philly cheesesteaks.  I was pleasantly surprised by the flavorful variety and quality of the food!  These gourmet trucks were vegetarian friendly and utilized local farms.  Cupcake vendors offered vegan options, which passed my sweet tooth taste test (yes, moderation can allow for dessert in a well-balanced diet).  Delicious!  The Vendy Cup winner- The King of Falafel. See the picture above of this mouthwatering falafel, which was one of my personal favorites from the day: ground chickpeas, onions, garlic, herbs, and spices.

Also, it was a pleasure meeting the Andrew Gerson, Executive Chef of Brooklyn Brewery, who is a Philly native and co-founder of the Philadelphia Mobile Food Vendors Association.  We chatted about local Philly food and upcoming places.  Plus, I couldn't resist petting his well-trained, cute dog.  Stopping at Brooklyn Brewery is on my list during my future travels!

Modeling Brooklyn Brewery Summer Ale
with Andrew Gerson, Executive Chef for Brooklyn Brewery
and his adorable dog!

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