For years, award shows were all basically the same, dominated by pointless red carpet interviews, uninspiring speeches, and Susan Lucci getting more and more depressed, even though she wasn't nominated for an ESPY. Deliciously flipping that script: Philly's first-ever Vendy Awards.
Having run in NYC for six years before hitting LA last year, the Vendys are taking NoLibs next weekend to stuff you silly while hosting a panel-selected group of eight local food trucks and carts as they battle for the title of street food king, even though the street food Lannisters will start pushing kids out of windows to win it back shortly after. The list of combatants includes east-of-Schuylkill staples Guapos Tacos, King of Falafel, and La Copine, but is West Philly-heavier with trucks/trailers including Gigi and Big R, Magic Carpet, Sugar Philly, Cucina Zapata, and Sweet Box, which's totally ripe for hilarious jokes about...receptacles for permanent use as storage, or for temporary use, often for transporting contents! A $55 ticket'll get you unlimited eats (from La Copine's brunch, to Sugar Philly and Sweet Box's cupcakes and desserts), plus similarly bottomless wine and new-to-Philly Narragansett beer, which's the pride of Rhode Island, aside from DJ Pauly D and whoever stink-fingered Bunny Cote.
Proceeds benefit the Food Trust, and since the whole thing's run by a non-profit, the cost of admission's a write-off, which's exactly what they did with Susan Lucci on Around the Horn, forever robbing her of her shot at glory.