The Dominican Republic, the world's largest producer of premium cigars, is throwing a cigar festival, and consumers are welcome to attend.
The 2008 Procigar Festival takes place March 5 through 7 in Santiago, the heart of the Dominican Republic's cigar production. It's the first of what's hoped to be an annual cigar show that will include tours of cigar factories and tobacco fields, luncheons and dinners with some of the country's leading cigar producers, and seminars on the world of cigars, tobacco growing, and spirits and cigar pairings. There's also a collection of special-edition cigars made for the event, and many more smokes.
The trip costs $595, not including airfare or lodging. The participating cigar companies are La Aurora, maker of the popular Preferidos and Aurora 100 Años cigars; General Cigar Co., one of the world's largest premium cigar producers and the company behind Macanudo and La Gloria Cubana; Tabadom Holding, which is affiliated with Davidoff and Avo cigars; Matasa, producer of Fonseca and Cubita; and Tabacalera de Garcia Ltd., the producer of Romeo y Julieta and Montecristo, among many other premium brands.
Those who want to add a little more R&R to the trip can upgrade and spend the weekend in La Romana, home of Tabacalera de Garcia, and play golf in the Procigar Golf Tournament at Casa de Campo, a world-class golf resort that overlooks the Caribbean.
For more information and to order tickets, go to www.procigar.org.
From the Dec. 4 issue of Cigar Insider.