Giant International Cuban Sandwich Festival returns to Tampa this spring

The 8th Annual International Cuban Sandwich Festival returns to Centennial Park in Tampa this year. Yes, spring will be in the air as well as the wonderful scent of lechon and crackling sweet plantains on March 30 and 31.

Last year, vendors attempted to set the record for the world’s largest Cuban sandwich — and they’re looking to do the same this year with a 170-foot sandwich.

This year, the event’s savory Smackdown Sunday event on March 31 will feature more than 100 food, cultural and business vendors. Avid shufflers will get to flex their mental muscles during a community Dominos tournament.

Witness the creation of the world’s longest Cuban sandwich

If you somehow manage to not be entertained by all of that, then there will also be live music and dance performances throughout the day.

These vendors aren’t just filtering in from around Florida, Cuban sandwich enthusiasts from Los Angeles, South Korea and London will be in attendance sharing their craft with the Tampa community.

The 8th Annual International Cuban Sandwich Festival takes place on Sunday, March 31 from 11am-4pm. It’s free to attend; however those looking for a VIP experience can purchase VIP tickets. Those tickets include access to the exclusive VIP area, and a sampling of the Cuban Sandwich contest entries and refreshments, as well as access to the VIP Opening Night Party on March 29.

You can register for the event and get your free tickets here. VIP tickets range from $25-$155 and can be purchased online. Centennial Park is located at 1800 East 8th Avenue.

The festival takes over the entire spring weekend

Can’t wait for the Smackdown? The Taste of the Cuban Sandwich Festival takes place on Saturday, March 30 from 11am-6pm. The tasting event takes place at Centro Asturiano de Tampa, 1913 North Nebraska Avenue.

The festivities include a Kids Cuban Sandwich Showdown and a HomeStyle Contest. Click here for full event details.

Follow the Cuban Sandwich Festival on Facebook for updates on one of the biggest food events in Florida.

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Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

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