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Queens vendors to compete at the 11th annual Vendy Awards

| agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com

Photos courtesy the Vendy Awards

The competition is heating up as sidewalk chefs from all across the city vie to win one of five different categories at the 11th annual Vendy Awards, and several Queens vendors will be looking to take home top honors.

Over 25 vendors will be showcasing their foods and drinks on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 12:30 to 5 p.m. at Governor’s Island during New York City’s premier street food competition.

The categories the vendors will be competing in at the Vendy Awards are the Vendy Cup/People’s Choice, which is the grand prize; the Rookie of the Year, the best of 2015 new food carts and trucks; Best of Market, which is the best from all the markets around the city; Best of Dessert, the best sweet tastes from the city’s street vendors; and a new category for this year, Best of Street Drinks – celebrating everyone’s favorite drink vendor.

Competing in the Vendy Cup category is Elpida Vasiliadis with her Souvlaki Lady’s Greek food cart. For a quarter of a century, the Souvlaki Lady has served hungry customers on the corner of 33rd Street and Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria. Residents of Queens and beyond can’t stop coming back for an authentic taste of Greece.

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Fighting to be this year’s Street Drinks champion is Astoria’s Tea and Milk. Tea and Milk was started by a three longtime friends who wanted to create the perfect bubble tea.

Their ingredients are all natural and the drinks do not contain any powdered teas or concentrates. Tea and Milk eventually expanded into a variety of teas and serve over 15 different tea beverages including roasted oolong, hibiscus flower peach and taro milk tea.

Tea And Milk

The Best Market Vendor category features Karl’s Balls and Burmese Bites.

Karl’s Balls, a new school takoyaki stand, has been making quite a stir since its recent debut at the Queens International Night Market and LIC Flea.

After being featured in a food film documentary about takoyaki called “Tako NY,” Karl’s Balls has taken pride in putting their unique spin on this internationally known dish.


Burmese Bites has been drawing crowds for their Burmese food at Queens International Night Market and other markets around the city. Burmese Bites is known for their palatas — a hand-stretched thin pancake — as well as Shwe Taung Kaukswe, which is a noodle salad, vegetable fritters and shaved ice.

To purchase tickets to be a part of this delicious event, visit the Vendy Awards website.


Queens events for Labor Day Weekend

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com


Friday, August 31

7 p.m. – 10 p.m., Take in the 1965 classic, “Doctor Zhivago,” at the Museum of the Moving Image. Based on Boris Pasternak’s novel, this tale of a love triangle set against the Bolshevik Revolution is an astonishing feat, as emotionally involving as it is visually spectacular. Highlights include Freddie Young’s Oscar-winning cinematography and Maurice Jarre’s iconic score.

7 p.m. – 9 p.m., Get on your dancing shoes for a night of music and dancing under the stars with the Friends of Queensbridge Park Committee.

8 p.m., Head to the Secret Theatre for a series of one-act plays featuring actors, playwrights and directors banding together and competing to win cash prizes in an epic theatrical showdown.

Saturday, September 1

11:00 a.m., Trained Rangers at Fort Totten Park will give free archery lessons, demonstrating the safe and proper way to draw a bow and shoot an arrow. Families and children ages 8 years and older are welcome to participate.

11 a.m. – noon, Children can learn to cook with free classes from Allergic to Salad for ages 2 to 12 at Socrates Sculpture Park.

12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Come to the Back to School Festival at St. Albans Park and end the summer with an afternoon of crafts, games, inflatables, music and more.

Sunday, September 2

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., This is the last day for the Sunday Children’s Activity Table at the Queens Botanical Garden where they can make special crafts.

Monday, September 3

Noon – 6 p.m., Enjoy a plethora of booths selling food and goodies at the 30th Avenue Astoria Festival.

6 p.m. – 10 p.m., Enjoy live music, DJs, performances, guest bartenders and chefs at the Rockaway concessions.

Around NYC

Friday, August 31 to Sunday, September 2

This weekend see Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Junior at the CM Performing Arts Center in Oakdale, Long Island. Show times are 11 a.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday, September 1

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Bring your children to storytelling hour at the Statue of Hans Christian Andersen in Central Park.

Sunday, September 2

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Visit one of New York City’s richest bird habitats with New York City Audubon guides. Learn how to spot and identify birds in their natural habitat on a tour through the North Woods. Ages 5 and up.

2 p.m. – 10 p.m., Head to a free Tiki Disco, held in the backyard of Bushwick pizza palace Roberta’s.

Monday, September 3

Celebrate West Indian–American Day at the mammoth parade, the high point of a 5-day Caribbean Carnival Festival that today is the largest outdoor summer event in North America.

See Governors Island on two wheels, with Bike and Roll’s free program.

You can also take the kids on one of these many day trips in and around Queens this Labor Day weekend.