April 11, 2012

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For Immediate Release

Press Contact: 

Tom Favata

Ybor City Chamber

813.248.3712 x21

Aficionados Return to Ybor City for 6th Year

Celebrate the founding of Tampa's cigar industry in the Historic District!


(Tampa, Florida) The Ybor City Chamber of Commerce will hold its 6th Annual Ybor Aficionado Days Saturday, April 14th and Sunday, April 15th to celebrate the 126th anniversary of the manufacture of the first cigar in April 1886. This up-scale, two-day event begins Saturday afternoon with a Tapas Trail touring over a dozen of Ybor's fine dining establishments. This is 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.


Ybor Aficionado Days is presented by Bright House Networks with transportation "Powered by Chevy. "Join us for this upscale celebration in Tampa's Historic Latin Quarter," invites Tom Keating, President and CEO of the Ybor Chamber. "Ybor Aficionado Days is the perfect 'adult version' of spring break - relax and be chauffeured around the "Trail" in a brand new GM vehicle."


Saturday afternoon, April 14th from 4:00 to 7:00 PM, sample tapas at a dozen of Ybor's quality restaurants. At 6:30 PM, head to the elegant Italian Club to sample wine, beer, spirits, pastels and café con leche. Step down into the Club's Cantina and enjoy a complimentary premium cigar provided by Tampa Sweethearts Cigar Company.


On Sunday, April 15th, 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 first-hand our amateur Tapas Cooking Challenge and listen to the sounds of Les Sabler, Tampa's jazz guitar phenom.


Tickets for the Tapas Trail and After Party/Smoker are $40 in advance; $45 day of the event and tickets for the Jazz Brunch are $50. A combination ticket that includes all events on both days is only $70 in advance. Tickets are available at For additional information call the Ybor City Chamber's Visitor Information Center at 813.241.8838 or visit at 1600 East 8th Avenue in Centro Ybor.


For the ultimate Ybor Experience, stay overnight at one of the Historic District's great hotels. A discount package is available at the Hilton Garden Inn - Tampa/Ybor City.