This torta tecos from Corona's sandwich truck is an enormous, budget-friendly sandwich filled with sausages, egg, lettuce, tomato, and jalapenos.
Tortas Neza Truck
As dinner time came close, crowds huddled around Tortas Neza for a quick fix.
Queso Arepa from the Arepa Lady
This crisp-chewy arepa is topped with a generous amount of salty cheese.
Chocolo Arepa from The Arepa Lady Crew
A larger, sweeter arepa with a dense, eggy crumb, stuffed to the brim with gooey melted cheese. Arepas don't get better than this.
The Arepa Lady Crew
Finding the Arepa Lady Crew and their snacks before 10 p.m. is rare (you can find them during warm months on Roosevelt Avenue between 78th and 79th Streets). Early attendees take advantage of this before the line gets longer when night falls.
A local grocery sold chicharrónes: deep fried pork rinds.
Taqueria Coatzingo, one of the brick and mortars at the festival, threw open its windors to sell tacos. They also gave samples of aguas frescas, including this fresh Jugo de Jamaica. The tart hibiscus flower drink has flavors reminiscent of plum juice.
Vendy awards rookie finalist Mysttik Masaala returned to Queens (the cart began in Astoria but now spends most of its time in midtown) to serve up its Indian, Nepali, and Tibetan influenced food.
Chicken Momo from Mysttik Masaala
Steamed and piping hot, these chicken-filled dumplings were dressed with a fiery but addictive sauce.
Mysttik Masaala Desserts
A list of cheese-based sweets was recently added to Mysttik Masaala's truck.
Beef Lomo Saltado from Manos Peruanas
A Peruvian rice dish with Asian influences: a beef stir fry with tomatoes, onions, and fries.
A Peruvian food truck boasting delicious empanadas and large bamboo-leaf-wrapped tamales.
Tables and chairs filled with Viva la Comida attendees.
Fried doughnut-like snacks from local bakery La Delicia en Pandebono.
Ray's Famous BBQ
This Filipino food truck served up juicy grilled pork belly skewers, grilled chicken, and lumpia, fried snacks similar to spring rolls.
Chimi are traditional snack sandwiches from the Dominican Republic filled with sliced cabbage. This is a Chimi Pierna filled with pulled pork leg.
Tacos de Canasta
These soft pockets of steamed tortillas with fillings of pork, beans, or potato were salty, juicy, and packed with a kick of spice from the salsa verde. The vendor normally sells them a bicycle cart; at Viva he opted for a more conventional table.
Tacos de Canasta
This pop-up steamed tacos stand does a mean salsa verde.
Pork and Loroco Flower Pupusas
Vendy Award winner El Olomega came from Brooklyn to serve its stellar pupusas with picked cabbage and jalapenos.
The truck drew some of the longer lines at the festival.
The Chipper Truck
Another Vendy finalist, this one hailing from the Bronx, came down to serve its hearty Irish comfort food. Battered and deep fried bangers, anyone?