Cuban Sandwich Festival Searching for the best Cuban Sandwiches in Florida!

When: Saturday May, 26th 2012, 10:30AM–4:30 PM

Where: Ybor City Saturday Market, Centennial Park in Historic Ybor City, 1800 E. 8th Street

Ybor City Streets will be closed to honor the Greatest Sandwich that Tampa has ever known The Historical Tampa Cuban Sandwich!

The biggest names in Tampa’s Latino communities are joining efforts in celebration of Tampa Bay’s Rich Latino History, Culture and Foods! An exciting FREE COMMUNITY event the “Cuban Sandwich Festival” celebrates the richness of Florida’s Hispanic/Latino communities!

The Cuban Sandwich Festival is an exciting festival and contest to find THE BEST Cuban Sandwich in Florida and beyond!

Enjoy LIVE cultural musical and dance performances on La Bahia Stage, and a true cultural festival featuring over 50 Latino Food, Art and Cultural Exhibitors! Admission is FREE but we ask guests to visit our community help booth which will be present collecting donations for baby Emberlynn Padilla a 6 month miracle baby born with Congenital diaphragmatic hernia.

Hosted by Bahia’s own Carlos Jose Peralta and Tampa Natives Mario Nuñez and Tony Morejon! The Cuban Sandwich is a favorite tradition of Tampa Bay, and is offered in many local restaurants, café’s, bakeries and even grocery stores. Not only is a Good Cuban Sandwich a true Tampa tradition, it is a way of life for most Tampa natives and residents.
40 Florida Restaurants participating in the Cuban Sandwich Smack down to find the BEST Cuban Sandwich in Florida, including Restaurants from Hillsborough, Pinellas, Hernando and Broward Counties.

Who is Competing for the Title: Best Cuban Sandwich!? Alessi Bakery, Mata Monchies, Mr. Empanada , La Teresita, Stone Soup Company, Gaspars Grotto, Franks & Subs, Cacciatore Brothers, Danny’s All American Grill, Cafe Masaryktown – Hernando County, Silver Ring Café, Cuban Guys – Broward County, NY Cafe- Pinellas County, Ofelia’s Café, the Floridian and MORE!

This family oriented festival will feature a great Kidz ZONE, where kids will enjoy Clowns, Jumpers, face painting and MORE!

Performing LIVE: The famous and much LOVED Cuban legend: HANSEL of HANSEL y RAUL, performing GREATEST Hits including “Maria Teresa y Danilo” and MORE!
The Greatest Cuban Dance Band in the World (Time Magazine 1985), Los Gallos de la Salsa, Los Reyes, de la Charanga, Glorias del Exilio Cubano, Las Voces de la Charanga, Leyendas de la Musica Tradicional Cubana PLUS many more exciting entertainers, dance performers and ZUMBA!

Meet The Judges: Mayor Bob Buckhorn, Tampa Chief of Police Jane Castor, State Representative Janet Cruz, Richard Gonzmart of the Columbia Restaurant, John Oliva of Oliva Tobacco Co, Cigar City Magazine founder; Lisa Figueredo, Pedro Galvez of Tampa Cigar Club, Ana Cruz of Floridian Partners, City Councilman Mike Suarez, Congressional Hopeful Evelio “EJ” Otero, Tampa Steve of the Tampa Native Show, HART Board Chair John Melendez, David Audet of Audet Productions, Daytime TV’s Food Critic Larry Cotton and more community leaders!

And special Guests: Yvonne Yolie Capin presenting the resolution naming the Cuban Sandwich the Historical Sandwich of Tampa!

Event Sponsored by: Latin Times Media, Inc., Tampa Latin Chamber, HART, Ana G. Méndez University System, Solmed Health, Alessi Bakery, Oliva Tobacco Company, Tampa Natives Show, Hispanic Professional Women’s Association, La Bahia Radio WTMP, Cigar City Magazine, Clear Channel Outdoor, Gaceta Latina Newspaper, Estrella TV, MOR-TV, This-TV Tampa Bay and V-Me!

Exhibit and Sponsorship: or (813) 407-6866 or (813) 407-719. Restaurants, do you think you make the BEST Cuban Sandwich in Town!? Register for the contest TODAY!

HELP Emberlynn Padilla

Admission is FREE but we ask guests to visit our community help booth which will be present collecting donations for baby Emberlynn a 6 month miracle baby born with Congenital diaphragmatic hernia. CDH is a congenital malformation (birth defect) of the diaphragm. Malformation of the diaphragm allows the abdominal organs to push into the lung formation. CDH is a life-threatening in infants, and a major cause of death due to two complications: pulmonary hypoplasia and pulmonary hypertension. Emberlynn has lived most of her short life in a hospital.

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