The 50th anniversary of the Cohiba brand is one of the highlights of the 18th edition of the Habano Cigar Festival scheduled to run from February 29 to March 4 in Havana, together with the launch of the new Cohiba Grand Reserva of 2012, among many other activities.
Featuring hand-rolled premium cigars, the festival is attended by hundreds of cigar experts from around the world, who considerer it to be the world’s most important cigar fair, only comparable to the Big Smoke Las Vegas event in the United States.
However, the event in Las Vegas cannot feature the Cuban premium cigars due to the punitive measures adopted by the United States over 50 years ago to the detriment of the Cuban economic, financial and commercial sector.
It is because of the U.S. blockade on Cuba that the Big Smoke event cannot offer the variety of cigars seen every year at the Havana festival, with headquarters at the Convention Center.
That is one of the reasons why experts, businessmen and smokers come to the Cuban capital every February to praise the Cuban cigars and attend the different activities held as part of the festival, including a closing dinner that also features a cigar auction and the Habanos of the Year award ceremony.
As announced by the organizers of the festival, the 50th anniversary of the Cohiba cigar launch will be celebrated this year alongside the 20th anniversary of the Cuaba brand, whilst the new Cohiba Grand Reserva of 2012 will also make an appearance.
Sources from the organizing committee for the event said the number of participants is expected to surpass that of 2015, when 1,200 representatives from 60 countries came, accompanied by around 300 journalists with approximately 150 media sources from 40 countries.
As usual, Cubans are already excitedly awaiting the arrival of famous U.S. actors, businessmen or personalities from the fashion world, information that is made known last minute.
Like in previous editions, the festival includes visits to cigar factories in Havana and the westernmost province of Pinar del Río where the visitors will be given a tour around the famous cigar plantations in that region. An international workshop on cigars will also take place as well as the Habanosommelier contest, with the objective of connecting the Habanos with drinks and food.Share on FB Share on TT