Vendy Awards celebrate NYC's street cuisine

In a city brimming with haute cuisine and world-renowned chefs, it might be surprising to learn that some of the region's best food comes out of a truck. However, that's exactly what fans of the city's annual Vendy Awards, which celebrate the metro's abundance of sidewalk dining, are arguing. Street-food connoisseurs who buy one of the houses for sale in New York, NY, can access this raucous and appetite-conquering festival every year.

The event was started eight years ago to shed light on a selection of the city's most treasured mobile restaurants. Since then, it has become larger every year and developed a large following among the five boroughs and beyond for its abundance of inexpensive, delectable eats.

"It's totally captured the public's attention, both mobile street food and these newer marketplaces," Helena Tubis, the Vendy's managing director, told the New York Times.

Everything from mammoth burritos and Vietnamese banh mi to steaming soups and classic hot dogs will be available at this year's festival, which will be held on Governors Island on September 15, 2012, from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.