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2013 Cuban Sandwich Festival – Press Release


The 2nd Annual Cuban Sandwich Festival
Was held @ Ybor City Saturday Market, Centennial Park in Historic Ybor City @
1800 E. 8th Street, Saturday March 30th 2013; 10:30AM–5:30 PM;

The biggest names in Florida’s communities re-united and joined efforts in celebration of Florida’s Rich Cultural Food and History!  

Record breaking crowds attended the 2nd Annual Cuban Sandwich Festival, with many projecting a crowd of 5,000 people in attendance! (see: WFLA NewsChannel 8 “hugely successful.” Go to 
http://images.burrellesluce.com/image/19551BD/19551BD_TE1745712NE click –Available video– link.) 

An exciting FREE COMMUNITY event the “Cuban Sandwich Festival” celebrated the richness of Florida’s cultural communities! The Cuban Sandwich Festival is an exciting festival and contest to find THE BEST Traditional and non-Traditional Cuban Sandwiches in Florida and beyond, and that is exactly what we did this Saturday at the annual competition!

Guest were able to enjoy LIVE cultural music on La Bahia Stage featuring dance performances, Local Salsa Sensation: Sol Caribe, and International Tropical Performer: Juan Esteban, performed his BUM, BUM, BUM 11 Weeks on the TOP 10 Billboards  

A true cultural festival featuring over 75 Food, Art & Cultural Exhibitors!

Hosted By: ABC Action News, Lissette Campos-Perez, Tony Morejon and Carlos Jose Peralta of Bahia Radio.   20 Florida Restaurants competed for the change to be called the BEST Cuban Sandwich!  

Competing Restaurants Included:

Faedos on The Go!, Stone Soup Company,
Danny’s All American Diner, La Teresita, Sabroso Cuban Restaurant, Country Market & Deli, Docho’s, Mr. Empanada, Moe’s Hot Dogs, The Floridian (Ran out of food before the competition), Alessi Bakery, Papa Joe’s Sub Shop, Murrays Chicago Style, NY Café, Pipo’s Cuban Café, Datz Deli (ran out of food before the competition), Ruben’s Cubans

And The Winners Were:  
Traditional Cuban Sandwich: 
1st Place Winner ” Faedo’s on the Go 
2nd Place Winner “Dochos” 
3rd Place Winner “Papa Joe’s”

Non-Traditional Cuban Sandwich: 
1st Place Winner ” Faedo’s on the Go” 
2nd Place Winner “Moe’s Hot Dogs” 
3rd Place Winner Country Market and Deli

“POPULAR VOTE” (Occurred via text messaging on Saturday, March 30th between 12 noon and 2:00 PM.) These votes had to be manually counted on Sunday and Monday.

1st Place Winner- Stone Soup Company
2nd Place Winner-Country Market and Deli
3rd Place Winner- Rueben’s Cubans

These are the top ten most popular that were selected by those who came to the Cuban Sandwich Festival and Sampled the contestant’s Samples

10. La Teresita
9. Moe’s Hot Dogs
8. The Floridian
7. Faedo’s on The Go
6. Papa Joe’s
5. Danny’s All American Diner
4. Datz 
3. Rueben’s Cubans
2. Country Market and Deli
1. Stone Soup

..and there you have it, Congrats to ALL THE GREAT Restaurants Participating!!!!!

Check out
www.TheCubanSandwichFestival.com for the complete list of Competitors OR click the links below to get to know the competition!

Visit Website to see VIP Judges:  Al Piña, Ana Cruz, Bridgette Mill of Tampa Bay Business Journal, Casey Gonzmart, Chef Charles Knight, Tampa Chief of Police Jack Harris, Jane Castor, Cloe Cabrerra, Cynthia Fuente of Fuente Cigars,  David Audet, Dr. Shawn Robinson of HCC-YBor, Ernest Hooper of the Tampa Bay Times, Franco Silva, Gayle Guyardo of NBC, Guido Maniscalco of Guido Morano, City Councilman Harry Cohen, Jack Harris, State Representative Janet Cruz, Jeff Houck of the Tampa Tribune, Jessica Reyes from the nationally syndicated show: The Daily Buzz, Day Time TV’s: Larry Cotton, Lisa Figueredo of Cigar City Magazine, Lydia Guzman of Bay News 9, City Councilwoman Mary Mulhern, City Councilman Mike Suarez, Patrick Mantiega of La Gaceta, and Vince Pardo of YCDC,! MORE VIP Judges to be announced soon! Serving as Czar: Steve Otto overseeing the voting process, Yvonne Yolie Capin presenting resolution naming Cuban Sandwich as Historical Sandwich of Tampa!

Event Sponsored by: Latin Times Media, Inc., City of Tampa, YCDC, Ybor City Saturday Market, HART, La Bahia 96.1 FM, Estrella TV, MORE-TV, THIS-TV, Tampa Bay Times, Bright House Networks, Creative Loafing, Clear Channel, AGLA, HCC-Ybor, Gaceta Latina, Ana G. Mendez, YELP, Hilton Gardens, Cigar City Magazine, Info MAS, Yboy City Museum, Telemundo, Florida State Parks .

Read follow up media:

Cuban sandwich festival hits Ybor City

The Tampa Bay Times – 3/28/2013

Who has the best Cuban sandwich? You’ll be pressed to come up with an answer at the second annual Cuban Sandwich Festival in Ybor City. It’s billed as a competition with more than 20 restaurants from across the state, but most of them are local. Read more from the Tampa Bay Times [

Second annual Cuban Sandwich Festival this Saturday

VisitTampaBay.com – 3/29/2013

Taste the BEST Cuban sandwich in Florida at the second annual Cuban Sandwich Festival! Over 20 restaurants from around the state will be competing to see who makes the best Cuban sandwich. Read more from 
VisitTampaBay.com [http://www.visittampabay.com/blog/bay-blogger/second-annual-cuban-sandwich-festival-this-saturday]

‘Best Cuban sandwich’ decided in Ybor City

The Tampa Tribune – 3/30/2013

Radio personality Jack Harris walked around the courtyard next to the Ybor City Museum on Saturday with the glazed look of someone who had eaten too much. That because Harris, host of WFLA (970 AM)’s morning talk show, did eat too much. “I think I’ve had my fill of Cuban sandwiches for the next three years,” Harris said. Read more from the Tampa Tribune [

And WFLA NewsChannel 8 ran a segment yesterday, calling the festival “hugely successful.” Go to 
http://images.burrellesluce.com/image/19551BD/19551BD_TE1745712NE and click the –Available video– link.