Festival fever

All the Ac­tion from this year’s Procigar festival in the Do­mini­can repub­lic

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While many eyes Were on this year’s Festival del ha­bano, cigar lovers from across the world also used the first quar­ter of 2016 to pay heed to an­other big event on the cigar cal­en­dar—the Procigar Festival. held in Fe­bru­ary, the festival is or­gan­ised by the as­so­ci­a­tion of Do­mini­can Cigar man­u­fac­tur­ers, and al­lows guests to have one-on-one di­a­logues with the big­gest Do­mini­can cigar mak­ers in the in­dus­try.

The festival is some­thing of a mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence, com­bin­ing ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties, en­ter­tain­ment, leisure and, of course, a lot of pre­mium cigar smok­ing.

This year’s Procigar Festival started in

Punta Cana, where guests could re­lax at the beach un­der­neath the Do­mini­can Repub­lic’s trop­i­cal sun­shine. Guests were also given the op­por­tu­nity to visit the Taba­calera de Gar­cia cigar fac­tory, as well as in­dulge in pre­mium cigars dur­ing tours and din­ners.

The festival then moved on to San­ti­ago de los Ca­balleros, dubbed by the Do­mini­cans as “the cigar cap­i­tal of the world”. This leg gave visi­tors an in­ti­mate look at to­bacco fields and cigar fac­to­ries from brands such as Gen­eral Cigar, Davidoff, Que­sada Cigars, La Aurora, De Los Reyes Cigars, Taba­calera La Alianza-ep

Car­rillo, La Flor Do­mini­cana, Taba­calera Palma and the Cigar Fam­ily Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion. Other ac­tiv­i­ties, such as ad­ven­tur­ous tours, cata­ma­ran sail­ing, sem­i­nars and a char­ity poker tour­na­ment, were also on of­fer dur­ing the San­ti­ago leg.

By night, guests gath­ered for spec­tac­u­lar gala din­ners, pre­mium drinks, de­li­cious lo­cal cui­sine, cheer­ful dance and warm, Do­mini­can hospi­tal­ity—all rounded off with the best pre­mium smokes.

Procigar also hosted a char­ity auc­tion dur­ing the event’s clos­ing din­ner. All net pro­ceeds were do­nated to the Vol­un­tari­ado de Je­sus con los Ni­nos, a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion for ill chil­dren, and the So­ciedad San Vi­cente de Paul, a se­nior re­tire­ment home for low-in­come el­ders. The Mon­u­mento a los Heroes de la Res­tau­ra­cion also ben­e­fit­ted from the auc­tion.

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