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The NYC Vegan Bake-Off Dessert Competition in February was such a delicious success, and made us feel so warm and fuzzy (and like we needed a nap after our sugar crash), that we’ve put together another scrumptious vegan cooking competition. This time around we’re ditching the utensils all together and digging in with our hands: Get your gullets ready for cruelty-free finger-lickin’ appetizers at the NYC Vegan Cook-Off: Hors d'Oeuvres Competition!

Whether you’re into traditional bar food bites — a la fabulously seasoned french fries or not-pigs-in-a-blanket — amuse-bouches that aim to please in their all-natural vegan glory, or want to go all-out with surprising savory snack creations, head to The Bell House on Sunday, June 2 for the skint’s Vegan Cook-Off: Hors d'Oeuvres Competition. The event is open to 15-20 everyday chefs who have got the tapas to compete for the title of The Bestest, as voted for by judges and attendees. From dips and spreads to crostini and mini-sandwiches to sushi rolls, mock chicken wings, and beef-less BBQ and beyond, the Vegan Cook-Off is sure to be a bountiful buffet of goodness.

To help crown the lip-smacking savoriest of them all — and to award prizes, including $250 cash for first place — our judges:
- Terry Hope Romero (VegNews's Best Vegan Cookbook Author award three years in a row for Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook, amongst others)
- NYC's beloved Blossom Restaurant Managing Partner Michael Parkin
- Resident carnivore and BBQ master behind New York Magazine’s 5-star review of BrisketTown, Dan Delaney
- And host Bobby Phobia

Aspiring competitors should check the rules for details on how to apply. But if you just want to be fed and brush elbows with other local veggie seekers, tickets for The Vegan Cook-Off are $12 in advance and $15 at the door day of. Tickets sold out in advance the last time, so we recommend getting on it! And to wash down all the cruelty-free deliciousness, we'll be providing a list of vegan-friendly beer, wine, and liquor available for purchase.

The Vegan Cook-Off: Hors d'Oeuvres Competition
Sunday, June 2, 2013
The Bell House
149 7th Street, Brooklyn (directions)
Tickets $12 advance / $15 day of to eat and vote (includes a free raffle ticket)
Free to compete. Competitor applications close Friday, May 17 at 11:59pm.
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We're giving away two pairs of tickets! To enter to win, just drop us a line via this form (subject: "Vegan Cook-Off") with your first and last name by 11:59pm tonight. The winners will picked at random and notified tomorrow morning.