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Cigars, food and music celebrated at Ybor Aficionado Days
Cigars, food and music celebrated at Ybor Aficionado Days

Tampa, FL - If you like cigars, food or music then you might enjoy this weekend's Ybor Aficionado Days. The two-day event begins this Sat. April 13th in Tampa's Latin Quarter.

Below is a news release sent out with more details about the event.\

Celebrate the Anniversary of Tampa's Cigar Industry

"Foodies" Return to the Latin Quarter for 7th Year 

The Ybor City Chamber of Commerce will hold its 7th Annual Ybor Aficionado Days presented by Bright House Networks Saturday, April 13th and Sunday, April 14th to celebrate the 127th anniversary of the manufacture of the first cigar on April 13, 1886. This up-scale, two-day event will begin Saturday afternoon with a Tapas Trail touring over a dozen of Ybor's fine dining establishments. This will be followed by an After Party/Smoker at the historic Italian Club. The event continues on Sunday with an elegant brunch at the world famous Columbia Restaurant on La Setima - Ybor City's main street.

"This year, we have added more restaurants and will have transportation provided by Ambassador Limousines," said Andrea Gonzmart, Chair of the Ybor City Chamber. "Ybor Aficionado Days is my favorite Chamber event of the entire year." 

Saturday, April 13th from 4:00 to 7:00 PM, sample tapas at 18 of Ybor's diverse restaurants. At 6:30 PM, head to the elegant Italian Club to sample spirits, wine, pasteles, coffee and a chance to win great door prizes. Step down into the Club's Cantina and enjoy a complimentary, premium cigar provided by Tampa Sweethearts Cigar Company.

On Sunday, join us for a sumptuous Spanish Brunch at the Columbia starting at 11:30 AM. The elegant, traditional buffet will be laid out in the Patio Courtyard with the entire Siboney Room reserved for dining. Observe the results of our amateur Tapas Cooking Challenge and listen to the sounds of Les Sabler, Tampa guitar phenom. 

This year's Brunch will be emceed by Veronica Cintron of Bay News 9. Judges will include: Jeff Houck food critic for the Tampa Tribune; Andy Huse author of the "Columbia Restaurant: Celebrating a Century of History, Culture and Cuisine" and Michelle Baker co-owner of the Refinery in Seminole Heights.

Tickets for the Tapas Trail and After Party/Smoker are $35 in advance; $40 day of the event at the Italian Club and tickets for the Jazz Brunch are $50. A combination ticket that includes all events on both days is only $70 in advance. For tickets visit www.ybor.org or call the Ybor City Chamber's Visitor Information Center at 813.241.8838.

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