Cuba to celebrate its fine cigars at 20th Habano Festival

Posted: 12-Feb-18 07:43

From 26th February to 2nd March, Havana will be welcoming one of the most anticipated events in the Cuban roster: the Habano Festival. This annual event will be celebrating its 20th edition in 2018 and will count with the presence of renowned figures in the world of luxury cigars, in addition to featuring the brand new Habanos World Challenge.

Cuba to celebrate its fine cigars at 20th Habano Festival

The Cuban capital is getting ready to host one of the most prestigious events in the world of luxury items: the much-expected Habano Festival. This year, it will be celebrating its 20th edition in the presence of cigar aficionados and experts from all corners of the world. For this special occasion, which will be running from 26th February to 2nd March, the festival will introduce a few novelties and continue to carry out several of its popular traditions.

For five days, those who attend the 20th Habano Festival will enjoy a comprehensive programme showcasing the most important aspects of the cigar trade; from its origin and elaboration to its place in the Cuban culture. The traditional visit to the tobacco fields in Pinar del Rio will once again be taking place this year, allowing visitors to admire the best land on the planet for tobacco growing and see some of the main factories of key brands like Cohiba and Partagas.

The 2018 Habano Festival is set to kick off with bang on inauguration night (Noche de la Bienvenida), which will take place in the exclusive Protocol Hall El Laguito, in the western coast of Havana. During the evening, guests will be able to try Cohiba’s recently launched 2014 Reserve.

From 27th February, the Commercial Fair will begin, allowing experts in the sector to exchange experiences and opinions on the cigar industry as well as other gourmet products. Moreover, the festival will host three evenings boasting live music from renowned international artists, cocktails and buffets showcasing the best of Cuban cuisine and the tasting of fine Habanos and beverages from different corners of the world.

The festival’s programme will also feature expert workshops and conferences, held by renowned professionals in the Habano industry, as part of the International Seminar, which will begin on 28th February. Another popular feature which will once again be present in the event is the International Habanosommeliers Contest; this time the competition has reached its 17th edition and will allow Habanosommeliers from all around the globe to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in appreciating cigars.

Nonetheless, the 2018 edition of the Habano Festival is also bringing a brand new contest that is set to excite cigar aficionados everywhere: the Habanos World Challenge. This new competition will be divided in two phases. During the first phase each participating country must select a winning couple to represent them; the second phase determines who will be the winners at the grand finale in Havana. All participants will be widely tested on their overall knowledge involving agricultural, industrial phases, practical and demonstrative issues of Habanos, over a series of challenges throughout all HWC stages.

Festivities will end on 2nd March, with a Gala Evening dedicated to the Partagas brand, and specifically to the presentation of its new line “Maduro”. The evening will be filled with surprises and the wonderful rhythms of great music performances. The event will come to an end with the award-giving ceremony of the 2018 Habanos Awards and the traditional Humidor Auction. As usual, all funds raised through the auction will go to the Cuban Health System.  

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