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Habanos, S.A. Kicks Off 13th International Habano Festival

Habanos, S.A., the cigar giant behind pretty much every well-known brand of Cuban cigars, just kicked off the thirteenth International Habano Festival in Havana. I’m not just saying this because of the fact that we were just hit with yet another snowfall, but we wish we were there (at least I do).

The fest is being held at the Havana Convention Center, and will last until the 25th. It is estimated that at least 1,000 cigar enthusiasts from 80 different countries will be in attendance. This particular International Habano Festival will honor Montecristo, H. Upmann, and Partagas, and the lucky attendees will have a hand in taste testing their newest vitolas. They’ll also visit cigar factories and plantations, seminars, tastings, a Habanosommelier Contest, and a master class on cigar rolling. Wait a minute—does that mean that Americans can attend under the pretense of “educational reasons?” I sure hope so.

To begin the festivities, Leo Brouwer, who recently won a Latin Grammy for best classical album, will perform a private concert for the festival’s guests. On Friday, as the festival comes to a close, there will be a gala dinner dedicated to Montecristo, which will end with several humidor auctions to benefit the Cuban Public Health System. You can check out pictures of the humidors, which are visually striking to say the least, at the Habanos S.A. website.

With this awesome festival taking place in one of our neighboring countries, all I can think is when are we going to end this embargo already? While travel restrictions were recently loosened, the embargo was renewed for another year last September. That’s an entirely new story for an entirely new post, though. Until we figure out the intricacies of silly laws that cancel each other out, check out the website for the event and wish you were lucky enough to be there!