The Vendy Awards this morning announced its five finalists for three out of five categories in advance of its tenth annual gala event, which takes place in September. Among the nominees, it looks like Keizo Shimamoto’s formidable Ramen Burger will go up against the Rockaway-based upstart Bolivian Llama Party and three other contenders in the Best Market Vendor, which celebrates the "re-imagining the sourcing and consumption of traditional street food." The rest of the nominees are straight ahead.
Voting opened to the public in May, and two more finalist categories are yet to be announced. All will be present with their lucky spatulas and whatnot on Governors Island Saturday, September 13; tickets can be purchased here.