Hispanic Heritage Celebration:
5th Annual FORD's Taste of Latino: @Centennial Park.
Sunday, Oct 15th, 2023. 12am-6pm.
VIP AREA: 1pm -4:00pm
Food, Art & Music Festival FORD's Taste of Latino: Food, Beer, Wine, Art & Music Festival, Sunday, Oct 15th, 2023, 12pm - 6pm in Historic Ybor City. Free Family Festival. Bring Your Lawn Chair & Enjoy! A beautiful day filled with LIVE Music and Dance performances! Closing Ceremony for 2023 Hispanic Heritage season, TOP Latino Chef Contest,, presented by Zephyrhills Water and 2023 Florida Latino & Latina Lideres will be recognized and awarded on Stage!
Ybor City Museum Gardens State Park:
Don Vicente Martinez Ybor, an influential cigar manufacturer and Cuban exile, came to the area looking to build a company town in 1885.
The Ybor cigar factory was the largest in the world, employing more than 4,000 workers. From 1886 until the 1930s, Ybor City was a flourishing Latin community. People paid premium prices for hand-rolled cigars. Ybor City was the Cigar Capital of the World. The cigar industry declined with the Depression, the advent of cigarettes and the introduction of cigar-making machines. Factories closed and families moved away. It was the end of an era.
The Ferlita Family. In 1896, the Ferlita family began baking in the La Joven Francesca Bakery. The original structure was destroyed in a fire. In 1923, the family rebuilt the current structure and continued to bake in Ybor City through the 1973. At one time the bakery produced more than 5,000 loaves of bread per day. The ovens still exist and the building offers visitors an opportunity to explore the bakery's history. Museum Garden.
The Ybor City Museum garden is an ornamental garden. Although it is not historically significant, the garden is reflective of traditional Mediterranean style courtyards and is a popular location for events.
VIP Tickets for 13th Annual Ford Intl. Cuban Sandwich Festival in Historic Ybor City! Sunday, May 26th, 2024 at Centennial Park. Tampa, FL. Noon - 6pm
Held at the Ybor City Museum Gardens, located at:
Enjoy Contest Samples of the Entries from all over the world, including the non-traditional entry from Japan: Duck Dive Food Truck, Texas entry: Gordo Good Eats, and more!
This is the place to be!
Enjoy red carpet pictures!
Enjoy sampling of the Cuban Sandwich contest entries!
Schmooze with local VIPs, media.
Sit and Relax and get out of the sun for a while.