There they are having the time of their lives at the 18th Annual Habanos Festival in Havana Cuba. The smell of Cuban cigars, Cuban food, and Cuban rum fills the room while the cheerful banter of fellow smokers warms the moment. I wish I was there.
The 18th Habanos Festival was held in and around Havana from February 29 to March 4th. It is the most prestigious international event dedicated to premium hand rolled cigars. Hosting 1,200 attendees from more than 60 countries, this year’s festival was dedicated to the most exclusive brand in Habanos S.A.’s portfolio, Cohiba, in honor of its 50th anniversary. The Hoyo de Monterrey brand also had a significant presence during the festival, with the presentation of Reserva Cosecha 2012. The Cuaba brand, celebrating its 20th anniversary, launched an exclusive special edition for La Casa del Habano, and the brand introduced a significant addition to its regular line. H. Upmann The Habanos Festival is the largest annual international event celebrating the Habano culture. Attendees enjoyed live performances by Cuban pianist and composer, Chucho Valdes; the Spanish flamenco singer, Estrella Morente; and the Uruguayan singersongwriter Jorge Drexler. This year the traditional humidor auction reached €865,000 in proceeds. The funds will be donated to the Cuban Public Health System. This edition has been especially unique thanks to the auction of the first humidor (01/50) of the exclusive special series “Cohiba 50 Aniversario”, which alone raised €320,000 . Juan Jesus Machín (Cuba) won the “Maestro de Maestros” XV International Habanosommelier Contest. Luis Manuel García Urrea (United Arab Emirates) and Pedro Tejeda (Cuba) were runnersup in 2nd and 3rd places, respectively.