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Last month, we gave you the skinny on the 6th Annual Vendy Awards, a day for New York City's best food trucks to go head-to-head in an all-you-can-eat throwdown. Well, the big moment is upon us -- taking place September 25th on Governor's Island -- and soon, we'll have a winner of the coveted Vendy Cup.
Back in August, only five 2010 finalists were announced -- El Rey Del Sabor, King of Falafel & Shwarma, Schnitzel and Things, Bistro Truck, Patacon Pisao (check back here for the bios on those) -- and today, we bring you the just-announced finalists in the dessert category! Admittedly, our favorite.
Big Gay Ice Cream Truck
Previous finalists in both Dessert and Rookie categories last year, Bryan Petroff and Douglas Quint serve top-notch soft-serve that never ceases to surprise us. Their eccentric toppings range from wasabi dust to cocoa nibs, curried coconut to Trix cereal. Stop by their colorful truck at the corner of Broadway and 17th Street in Manhattan weekdays from around 2-9 pm, and follow them @biggayicecream on Twitter.
Jerome Chang's sweet-stocked truck is also a Dessert finalist from 2008. The decadent offerings (chocolate bread pudding, molten cake, brioche doughnut holes) are so good, he landed a permanent brick-and-mortar spot at 6 Clinton St., called DessertTruck Works. But you can still find the truck at the corner of St. Marks and 3rd Avenue Tuesdays through Sundays from 6-11 pm, and follow them @desserttruck on Twitter.
Guerrilla Ice Cream
As the name suggests, Vendy Award newcomers Ethan Frisch and Ori Zohar serve up gourmet ice creams with a political slant. Their Libertação is 72% chocolate and port wine topped with brûléed frozen banana and cashews. They typically cover markets across the city on weekends from 11 am - 6 pm, so keep tabs on @guerrillaic.
Kelvin Natural Slush Co.
Also a Vendy newcomer, Alex Rein's slushy truck is not what you'd expect. These slushies come with natural fruit purées and fresh herbs. Mix-and-match for your own customized combo like spicy ginger with blood orange and shaved coconut -- and top it all off with the optional "float" (a scoop of ice cream). Find him Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 22nd Street and 5th Avenue from 2-8:30 pm, or check his Twitter updates @kelvinslush.
Long Tzi Tang ("Dragon Beard Candy")
What is Dragon Beard candy, you say? For Vendy newcomer, Yao Ai Kui, it's Chinese cotton candy, named many years ago by a former Chinese emperor, for its dragon beard-like strands of fluffy sugar. Watch the truck spin it on Canal Street between Elizabeth and Mott in Manhattan, everyday, weather permitting, from 11 am - 7 pm.
That leaves only one category left to be announced -- the Rookies. Tickets have already sold out for the big event, but no worries -- Slashfood will be there to report on all the glorious street fare. Someone's got to do it.