Cuban Sandwich Festival will operate as a drive-in event

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The Cuban Sandwich Festival is the most delicious happening of the year in Tampa. The festival would bring in competitors from across Florida and around the world as they each attempt to be crowned the Cuban sandwich champion. This year, things will be a bit different.

This 9th installment of the Cuban Sandwich Festival will function as a drive-in event. Tickets are free, but pre-registration is required in order to attend. A limited number of tickets will be available for each day of the event to ensure social distancing guidelines can be adhered to.

A socially distanced food festival

Hand washing and sanitization stations will be placed throughout the area, too, to help ensure proper hygiene.

Participants at the event will still attempt to set the world record for the longest Cuban Sandwich ever. The sandwich will be donated to a homeless shelter after the event.

Tampa is renowned for its Cuban sandwiches. In a recent article by Conde Nast Traveler, Tampa’s own Columbia Restaurant was named as one of the top restaurants to visit in the state for its Cuban sandwich.

Reserve your spot in advance

Those interested in attending can secure their spot here.

What: 9th Annual Cuban Sandwich Festival
When: November 8, 2020
Time: 3 different ticketed times available: 11am-2pm; 2pm-4pm; 4pm-6pm
Cost: FREE, but spots must be reserved in advance online
Location: 1913 N Nebraska Avenue

Keep up with the latest Cuban Sandwich Festival news by following the event on Facebook.

Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

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