Procigar 2015 - Dominican Republic


It seems like every year, the Procigar festival can be counted on to bring attendees some new experience that makes the trip worthwhile. The 2015 festival saw two major additions to the event’s agenda: tours of Tabacalera Palma and La Aurora’s new Cigar World.
Tabacalera Palma was a member of Procigar last year, but this is the first year the factory — which has drawn a lot of attention lately for having manufactured successful cigars for Ag-ing Room and Señorial — has offered tours to festivalgoers.
La Aurora, for its part, has opened a section of its Dominican facility called Cigar World. It’s a unique museum-style learning experience where visi-tors not only pick up knowledge walking through (for example, from tobacco on display at various stages of growth and fermentation), but can also take classes where they’ll learn from masters like Manuel Inoa, Benji Menéndez and Daniel Núñez.
Of course, Procigar wasn’t all educational. The event was packed with as much partying as any other year’s, including the much anticipated “white party” at the Monumento de Santiago, a poker tournament, beach day at Puerto Plata, and the usual blowout gala and auction to close things out.


The Great Smoke 2015 - Lake Worth, FL


One of South Florida’s biggest cigar events, organized by one of the biggest tobacconists in the area, moved to a new venue this year to accommodate its biggest crowd yet. Smoke Inn’s The Great Smoke was held at The Ameri-can German Club of Lake Worth, which meant plenty of room for the sprawling celebration of cigars, alcohol, food, and dunk tanks.
Attendees went home with dozens of cigars (as well as copies of Cigar Snob). There was also live music, great food and plenty of booze, including samples from some of the bigger names in spirits (can’t complain about free Gentleman Jack). Make sure to look out for event dates and ticket prices for next year from Smoke Inn.


Montecristo Social Club Road Show - South Florida


The Montecristo Social Club Social Club Road Show kicked off its member event series in South Florida — first with a dinner and herf at Ft. Lauderdale’s Morton’s Steakhouse, and then with a similar event at Smith & Wollensky in Miami Beach.
At each of those events, at least 50 guests enjoyed the new Romeo Añejo, as well as hors d’oeuvres and a brief seminar led by Altadis’ Larry Palumbo, who offered a primer on to-bacco selection, sorting, and other parts of the cigar making process. A certificate of comple-tion was presented to each guest afterwards.


Cigar World Opening - Santiago, Dominican Republic


More than 150 guests were on hand for the inauguration of Cigar World, La Aurora’s impressive new cigar learning experience. Those guests toured the facility, which is part museum, part immersive classroom. The new section of the iconic company’s Domini-can headquarters offers exhibits featuring tobacco plants at various stages of growth, pilones cut in half (so visitors can see what the inside of a fermenting bale of tobacco looks like), and a multimedia room. The idea behind this project is to “preserve and disseminate this essential part of Dominican culture.” The first event at Cigar World also included an address by Guillermo Leon.


Havana Nights at South Miami Cigar & Wine - South Miami


South Miami kicked off a series of “Havana Nights” events with Azarías Mustafa Córdoba of Córdoba y Morales Cigars. The event fea-tured the company’s La Clave Cubana brand as well as a cigar rolling demonstration. Three-time Grammy winner Tomasito Cruz (who has worked with some of the biggest names in Latin music as well as non-Latin stars) was on hand to provide some live music.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a cigar event in Miami without some kind of pork and beer. There were pan con lechón sandwiches and beer specials all night — not to mention South Miami Cigar & Wine’s usual selection of wine.