The Cigar Nut

Hell yeah everyone! Its almost that time! For those of you who know and those who will find out, I have a borderline obsessive attraction to Habanos S.A. – from their festivals, to their cigars, to their humidors to just the ‘experience’ of the festival. One thing on my bucket list is to go to one Habanos Festival before I die. Here’s to wishing right!? Included below is their official press release – what about you all, would you go if you could?!

From Tuesday February 26th to Saturday March 2nd, 2013, Cuba, once more, will be the venue of the largest international gathering of enthusiasts of the best cigar in the world: the Habano. In this occasion, special tribute will be paid during the event Montecristo and Partagás, two of the most prestigious Habanos brands.

The participants, coming from more than 70 different countries, will have the pleasure of enjoying in exclusive the new vitolas to be launched by Habanos s.a. in 2013, and of discovering the roots and secrets of centuries-long tradition. Habanos, S.A. invites you to enjoy a week of pleasure and delight among the friends who have one thing in common: the passion for Habanos.

The Habanos Festival program offers its traditional activities during this unforgettable week, such as:

Visits to the best tobacco plantations in Vuelta Abajo, Pinar del Rio
Visits to emblematic Habanos factories
Trade Fair
Tastings and marriages
International Habanosommelier Contest
Master Class on the cigar rolling technique
Habanos Blind Tasting

As a novelty, a Cooking Show named ¨Tobacco and Gastronomy¨ will be held live. Prestigious international Chefs will prepare Haute Cuisine exclusive recipes using Cuban tobacco.

This year, the International Contest “Habanos in Images” will be dedicated to Photography.

The opening event will take place exceptionally this year on Tuesday, February 26th 2013. The Welcoming Evening will be dedicated to the Montecristo brand and will be held at the historic Morro Fortress in La Habana.

On Thursday, February 28th there will be a dinner organized to pay tribute to the Vegueros, – Cuban tobacco farmers- without whom Habanos would not exist.

The closing of the Festival will take place on Saturday, March 2nd , with the Gala Dinner dedicated to Partagás brand, and the Traditional Humidor Auction to the benefit of the Cuban Public Health System.

Habanos s.a. and the TABACUBA Entrepreneurial Group will be honored by your presence.

Walfrido Hernández Mesa Buenaventura Jiménez Sánchez-Cañete

Presidents of the Organizing Committee


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. From January the 15th 2013, the registration for any individual interested in making the registration to the 15th Habano Festival will open.

. The registration will only be possible online, and the it will be at

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