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2014 National Cuban Sandwich Festival

Written by Biggie on March 1, 2014

I love a good Cuban Sandwich! I am Cuban and when I lived in Jersey I always loved visiting my family in Miami because that meant I would be eating good Cuban Sandwiches. You can probably tell that I still enjoy a good Cuban Sandwich since I had a #SandwichEatUp at Black Bean Deli, my favorite Cuban restaurant in Orlando, FL. Also in my 1st series release for Sandwich City– I made a Miami Cuban Sandwich shirt.

My Happy Cuban Sandwich Eating face

There has been a great debate in the state of Florida between Tampa and Miami. Which city is the originator of the Cuban Sandwich and what makes it an authentic Cuban Sandwich. It has become a pressed debate that to be honest- is a delicious dilemma.

If you have never had a Cuban sandwich it is a sandwich that is usually served on hot-pressed Cuban bread. It contains shredded pork, glazed ham, swiss cheese, yellow mustard, and dill pickles.

From what I’ve read and been told, the difference between these two cities Cubans’ besides the geographic location and the Cuban breads shape is that Tampa’s version has salami in it while the Miami version does not.  Now I will tell you that I have never tried Tampa’s Salami version. I’ve grown up only eating the ones in Miami and the ones I eat in Orlando, are all Salami free.

Cuban Black Bean Deli

This will all change on March 22nd and March 23rd. I will be attending the 2014 National Cuban Sandwich Festival in Ybor City in Tampa, Florida . This is their 3rd annual event and I am excited to try all these delicious Cuban Sandwiches.

It’s is a free 2 day family friendly event and I am looking forward to tasting all these Cuban Sandwiches competing for best Cuban Sandwich.

Day 1 Starts at @ Ybor City Saturday Market, Centennial Park in Historic Ybor City @ 1800 E. 8th Street, Saturday March 22nd 2014; 10:30AM–6:30 PM;

Day 2 of Cuban Sandwich Festival Sunday, March 23rd, 2014 @ HCC – Ybor will feature the Cuban Sandwich Awards and the Biggest Cuban Sandwich of the Century event! 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

I think it’s awesome that they have invited folks from South Florida to compete in their festival. The top 3 sandwiches from South Florida will be automatically entered to compete in the best Cuban Sandwich contest. Who will win? Miami or Tampa. Personally I think we are all winners – we all get to enjoy Cuban Sandwiches!

The city of Tampa has proclaimed March as Cuban Sandwich Month. To help celebrate the month the folks from The National Cuban Sandwich Festival are asking Cuban Sandwich Eaters to share their delicious Cuban Sandwich photos on their Facebook.  If you decide to attend the festival please let me know I will be wearing my Cuban Sandwich shirt and will be enjoying the music and delicious eats.

Visit the festival’s website, TheCubansSandwichFestival.comFacebook, Instagram or tweet them at @CubanSandFest for more information to show them your Cuban Sandwiches. (Feel free to use their hashtag: #IloveCubanSandwiches )

Side item:

Order now and get your Cuban Sandwich shirt in time for the Cuban Sandwich Festival in March. Click on the pics to shop.

Cuban Sandwich

Cuban Sandwich

I also have stickers available too:

Cuban Bread

Cuban Bread sticker


Pickles stickers