Puro Sa­bor dates set

Nicaragua cigar fes­ti­val to take place in Jan­uary 2016.

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The fifth edi­tion of Puro Sa­bor, the an­nual cigar fes­ti­val of Nicaragua, will take place from 12 to 16 Jan­uary, 2016, the Nicaragua To­bacco As­so­ci­a­tion (NTA) an­nounced over the sum­mer.

With the fes­ti­val less than half-a-year away, the NTA has al­ready drawn up itin­er­ar­ies so that vis­i­tors will know what to ex­pect when they ar­rive. There’s a se­lec­tion of cigar fac­tory and to­bacco field tours, as well as meet-and-greets with the coun­try’s top cigar mak­ers. Need­less to say, many of the top Nicaraguan brands will also have their own plans for the event.

On the first day, vis­i­tors will be wel­comed at the air­port’s VIP lounge, and will be driven from there to the fes­ti­val’s venue ho­tel for reg­is­tra­tion. The NTA says that, upon ar­rival, vis­i­tors will also re­ceive pro­mo­tional prod­ucts de­signed specif­i­cally for the event.

Day two is the start of the fes­ti­val proper, with tours run­ning to Chichi­galpa, the cra­dle town for the best Nicaraguan rum, Flor de Cana. Later on in the day, vis­i­tors will be taken to the El Rosario farm, which will of­fer, or­gan­is­ers say, a suit­able en­vi­ron­ment to en­joy a pair­ing of to­bacco and 18-year-old Cen­te­nario rum. A Span­ish eques­trian show will also be put on. The day will be rounded off with a tast­ing night dubbed Puro Humo.

The third day will in­clude a tour to Et­seli, Nicaragua’s cap­i­tal city of to­bacco. Lunch will be served at the Tav­i­cusa fac­tory plan­ta­tions, where the Rocky Pa­tel brand is based. To­bacco in­dus­try in­sid­ers will also be on hand to ex­plain the cigar man­u­fac­tur­ing process. Af­ter­wards, vis­i­tors will be given tours of a num­ber of fac­to­ries, in­clud­ing AJ Fer­nan­dez, Drew Es­tate To­bacco Com­pany, Joya de Nicaragua, and Padron, to name a few. The fall of night will see the tra­di­tional White Party be­gin.

The fi­nal day sees tours of plan­ta­tions around the coun­try, with lunch be­ing served a stone’s throw away from where a num­ber of Nicaraguan cigars are hand-rolled. The fi­nal evening will see a Din­ner Gala and auc­tion, with pro­ceeds go­ing to­wards the need­i­est peo­ple of Esteli.

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