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Vendy Awards at the French Market 

  Wednesday marks the first Vendy Awards street food competition in New Orleans. The event is the local expansion of an annual program started in New York and now held in cities around the country.

  For each edition, the New York nonprofit the Street Vendor Project seeks nominations from the public on their favorite street food purveyors. The nine representatives selected for this week's event range from longtime festival favorite Vaucresson Sausage Co. to market vendor Hot Tamale Mama to the food truck Empanada Intifada.

  The Vendy Awards take place in the French Market (1008 N. Peters St., 504-522-2621; from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Vendors serve their signature items, and a panel of judges will name a winner, and attendees can vote for the People's Choice award. Tickets range from $36 at the all-inclusive level to $6 for basic admission. Find tickets and details at


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