Behind the Scenes

Readers often ask about "The Big Smoke," the cigar night sponsored by Cigar Aficionado magazine. Held around the United States every year, The Big Smokes offer a unique opportunity for cigar lovers to meet and celebrate the pleasures of smoking fine cigars alongside fellow aficionados and representatives from the cigar industry. Attendees smoke fine cigars, savor premium spirits and eat fine food from local cigar-friendly restaurants.

If you're curious about what to expect at a Big Smoke, we've created this feature especially for you. Read on to find about what goes on at a Big Smoke, to check out our Big Smoke schedule, and to peruse our gallery of photos from our most recent Big Smoke. Who knows? You might even spot yourself.

Big Smoke FAQ

What do I get at a Big Smoke?
Fine cigars, delicious food and the finest in premium spirits. Your ticket entitles you to a cigar from every cigar booth at the show. Expect to walk away with more than 20 hand-rolled, premium cigars. Your ticket also entitles you to sample fine foods and premium libations, and the food and drink flow freely all night long. You can try premium liquors, fine wines, beer and sample great food from local cigar-friendly restaurants.

What should I wear?
There is no formal dress code for the Big Smoke, but most people come wearing business casual attire.

How will I carry all of those cigars?
We provide a Cigar Aficionado bag for all your goodies.

Can I have the phone number of the Cigar Aficionado booth girls?

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Big Smoke Las Vegas 2007

Big Smoke New York 2007

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