Cuban Sandwich Festival


Sunday at the Cuban Sandwich Festival

The Cuban Sandwich Festival in Ybor City in Tampa moved to Hillsborough Community College’s Ybor Campus Sunday. The 2-day festival is a fundraiser for 3-year-old Emberlynn Padilla, who was born with a malformed diaphragm. You could hear and smell the sizzle of burgers and Cuban Sandwich meat on the grill at Danny’s All American Diner or El Autentico Cubano De La Havana. Their Cuban sandwiches cost $7 and many waited in line to taste them Sunday afternoon. The Third Annual Cuban Sandwich Festival also had food trucks, live music, jewelry, fashions, cable and other business vendors in the HCC courtyard. A donations table also was set up for Padilla, the granddaughter of Jolie Gonzalez-Padilla, Latin-Times Media CEO and Victor Padilla. The Padillas founded the festival in 2012. Dozens of restaurants competed for the Cuban Sandwich awards, including best Cuban Sandwich. All entries judged by Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor, community leaders and local celebrities this weekend. The Stone Soup Company won Best Cuban Sandwich for its entry this year, according to the Tampa Tribune. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn also proclaimed March as Cuban Sandwich Festival Month.

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