As we told you yesterday, the finalists were announced in the 2012 Vendy Awards Best Dessert category, and two of the vendors we had not tried before. Last night on the way home from the office, we stopped by the Imperial Woodpecker Sno-Balls shop (IWSB) at 124 MacDougal St in the Village.
At this point you may be asking (as we did), how did a storefront get nominated for a Vendy Award? It turns out they started out as a cart at the Hester St Fair before opening the storefront.
IWSB are one of the beneficiaries of this year’s expansion to include some of the great market vendors around town. In fact, there is a whole new Vendy Award category this year for Best Market Vendor, although two market dessert vendors are included in the Best Dessert category.
IWSB serves New Orleans-style shaved ice. Is this different from Taiwanese-style shaved ice like Wooly’s Ice, who won the 2011 Vendy Award for Best Dessert? Let’s find out together.