August 2012-YBOR FLASH- Cuban Sandwich Show

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Cuban Sandwich Show
A month long celebration of the Cuban Sandwich

Saturday, August 11
Food for Thought:
Forum on the History of Food in Tampa
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
HCC Ybor City Campus Art Gallery
Performing Arts Building
2204 N. 15th St.

9 a.m:
Café Cubano and Cuban Toast Reception and Artists talk (free)

Art Gallery open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Curator David Audet and several artists will discuss the labyrinth of spaces and works they created in the gallery to illuminate the mysterious qualities of Tampa. The show runs through August 30.

10 a.m: History of Food in Tampa Panel discussion (free)

Panelists: Moderator Tom Scherberger, Communications Director, University of South Florida-St. Petersburg Campus and former food writer for the St. Petersburg Times; Gary Mormino, USF scholar and historian; Yoli Capin, Tampa City Council; E.J. Salcines, Senior Judge, District Court of Appeal; Andy Huse, USF librarian and historian.

1:30 p.m: Living in America: 100 Years of Ybor Film screening (free)

Director Gayla Jamison screens and hosts a panel discussion of her one-hour documentary. Included with the screening will be samples of the various Ybor cuisines mentioned in the film.

Panelists: Moderator Dr. Susan Greenbaum, Professor Emerita of Anthropology at University of South Florida; Filmmaker Gayla Jamison from Atlanta, GA; Judith Vilavianis, artist born in Ybor City and a subject in the film; Don Barco, owner of King Carona Cigar Bar; Joe Howden, artist and tour guide for Ybor City; Michelle and Robert Faedo, winners of the “Best Cuban Sandwich in Florida 2012”, and food truck owners.

3:30 p.m: I Am a Cuban Sandwich Theater performance($5.)

Written and directed by Richard and Mary Ellen DiPietra, and performed by Richard, the play describes growing up in Ybor City in the 1950’s, illuminating the sights, smells and colorful characters that inspired him to write this love story to a small but complex town.

Sunday, August 12
Cuban Sandwich Show: Tampa Musicians
Get Down
New World Brewery, 1313 East 8th Avenue

Music showcase of Tampa artists: Ronny Elliott, Judy Tampa and Bunko Squad, Ray Viladonga, Maggie Council, Rebekah Pulley.

Saturday, August 18
Taste of the Cuban Sandwich
11am - 4 pm
Cuban Club, 2010 Avenida Republica de Cuba

Meet the winners of the 2012 Cuban Sandwich Festival and taste 20 Tampa Bay restaurants' delicious versions of the Cuban sandwich. The free, family-friendly festival will also include an antique car show, cigar lounge, old-fashioned barber, domino tournament and kid zone with clowns and face painting. Bring your appetite!

Sunday, August 19
Cuban Sandwich Show: BBQ Block Party, Chicken Parade and Rooster Promenade

2:00 pm
Various venues: Big Al's BBQ, Gaspar's Grotto & Dirty Shame 

New Orleans-style celebration honoring a quintessential part of the Ybor City environment. The event starts with live music and BBQ, followed by a costumed parade open to everyone - children, dogs, pirates, cronies and of course, roosters and chickens - around 6 p.m. Bring noisemakers, feathers, do-da hats, little red wagons, umbrellas and moola as we celebrate the life and alas, demise of James E. Rooster, a proud Ybor City citizen. 

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