The annual Nicaraguan cigar festival kicked off with attendees exploring Granada, then crossing over to the Pacific coast to enjoy the Rancho Santana beach resort, where they were treated to an equestrian show and dinner at an area museum.
From the second day on, guests were in Estelí, where they were split into groups for visits to various cigar factories and farms (at companies like Joya de Nicaragua, Padrón, Oliva, Plasencia, and many more), in-factory lunches, cigar rolling lessons and factory-hosted dinners.
The third night of the festival ended with the famed “white party,” which included dinner, dancing and a tribute to the late José Orlando Padrón and Gilberto Oliva, Sr.
Perhaps the biggest news of this festival was made during a lunch at the El Buen Vecino farm, where Carlito Fuente Jr. made an appearance and announced his plans for a new Estelí factory called La Bella y La Bestia. For information on the next Puro Sabor Festival, visit www.nicaraguancigarfestival.com.