Ybor's Melting Pot 

Our culture is deeply rooted in the flavors and aromas of foods that were introduced in Ybor City beginning with the earliest immigrant groups. This year, we launched a new series that celebrated the history of Ybor City's traditional dishes, and the food fusion that occurred long before it became a buzzword in todays culinary scene. Ybor City was truly a "melting pot" in every sense of the word! Many of the recipies we shared in our newsletters and on social media were from the Columbia Restaurant.

On November 7th, the Ybor City Museum Society will present the 37th Annual Legacy Awards Brunch at the Columbia. The program and awards presentations evoke memories of "old Ybor". It is a special occasion and a memorable experience for those who attend. 


Join us for the presentation of the 2021 Legacy Awards honoring The Family of Al Lopez (Ybor Award), Anthony "Tony" Carreño (Pizzo Award), and Patrick Venable (Adela Gonzmart Award). This year, you can attend in one of two ways. Join us at the Columbia Restaurant for our traditional Legacy Awards Brunch on Sunday, November 7, 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. to enjoy an Ybor City inspired brunch and congratulate the award recipients in person. Alternatively, you can attend the event virtually beginning at 12:30 p.m. MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS TODAY! This is the 37th annual presentation of the Legacy Awards and the 11th year that Lissette Campos will serve as Mistress of Ceremony. Sponsorships beginning at $250 are still available and help support the Ybor City Museum Society's mission. 

If you are following "Fernando's Footsteps", a tale of old Tampa written by Tony Carreño, you can catch up on the chapters posted on our website or view videos of past readings on the Ybor City Museum Society Facebook page. More chapters will be published later this fall.

As always, your support has meant a lot this year as we met the challenge of presenting new programs in innovative ways. As you plan your year-end giving, please consider a donation of any size so we can continue to share Ybor City's unique history in 2022.  


The Ybor City Museum Society is the primary interpreter and conservator of Ybor City's rich history and heritage. Our multidisciplinary programs and exhibits provide educational experiences about the people and events that brought immigrant groups together beginning in 1886. Many of them worked in Tampa's renowned cigar industry or provided essential goods and services to those who did. These early citizens of Ybor City preserved their own traditions and were the first contributors to the City's cultural diversity, whose mores and flavors are still evident in modern-day Tampa. 



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With the support of the Arts Council of Hillsborough County
And the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners