NEWS

Bienvenidos al XI Festival del Habano.

logofestival2009Habanos S.A. Corporation and Tabacuba Business Group are honored to invite you to the 11th Habanos Festival, the most important event in the Habanos realm.

From 23rd to 27th of February La Habana, venue of the Festival will become the meeting place of the distributors, specialists and lovers of the best cigar in the world. It will be a unique setting for presenting the novelties to be incorporated to the Habanos portfolio in 2009, which guarantee the dynamism of our market.

Within the Habanos Festival, the Trade Fair and the International Seminar will provide a wide exchange of knowledge, experiences, products and ideas and create a unique atmosphere to fully enjoy the aroma, flavor and texture of the Habanos, the true stars of the Festival.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Havana where you will find pleasure in the tradition and future of the Habanos.

Oscar Basulto Torres           Buenaventura Jiménez  Sánchez-Cañete
Presidentes del Comité Organizador

GENERAL PROGRAM
Sunday 02/22
10:00- 16:00 hrs Registration at Havana International Conference Centre.
Monday 02/23
10:00- 16:00 hrs. Registration at Havana International Conference Centre.
10:00- 17:00 hrs. Preliminary of the Habanosommelier Contest at International Conference Centre (Room 5).
14:00 hrs. Opening of Trade Fair.
15:30 hrs. Preliminary: Combinations of Habanos with Cuban rums at the Conference Centre. (Room 6).
19:00 hrs. Welcome Night: Launching of the Montecristo Open Line (2009).
Karl Marx Theatre.
Welcome Cocktail: Club Habana.
Tuesday 02/24
07:00- 16:00 hrs. Visit to tobacco plantations at Vuelta Abajo Region. (Pinar del Río).
Free Night.
Wednesday 02/25
10:00- 10:30 hrs. Opening of the International Seminar.
Main commercial results of Habanos S.A.
in 2008, by Manuel García Morejón, Commercial Vice President of Habanos S.A. (Room 4).
10:30- 11:15 hrs. Grand opening of the International Seminar, 2009. (Room 4).
11:15- 11:45 hrs. Coffee Break.
11:45- 12:45 hrs. Tasting: Habanos – Torres. (Room 3).
13:00- 14:30 hrs. Lunch at El Bucán Restaurant.
14:30- 16:00 hrs. Master class: Rolling a Habano totally by hand. (Room 4).
16:00- 17:00 hrs. Coffee, rum and Habano Tasting at El Bucan Restaurant. (Room 3).
20:00 hrs. Trinidad Night. Tasting of Robustos T.
Embajadores Room.
Habana Libre Tryp Hotel.
Thursday 02/26
09:00- 12:00 hrs. Visit to Habanos Factories: H-Upmann & Laguito Cigar factories.
12:30- 14:00 hrs. Lunch at El Bucán Restaurant.
14:00- 15:30 hrs. Final: Combinations of Habanos with Cuban rums. (Room 3).
15:30- 16:00 hrs. Lecture: “The Habano through publications by Cesar Adames. (Room 4).
16:00- 16:30 hrs. Lecture: “Restaurants and haute-cuisine in Cuba by Fernando Fernández. (Room 4).
16:30- 17:30 hrs. Documental Projections: ¨With the stroke of the chaveta¨ by Pamela Sporn, and ¨Habanos,
Women and Cohiba¨ by Niurka Pérez.
(Room 3).
Free Night. Dinner organized by Internacional Cubana del Tabaco (ICT) and PROMOTORA DE CIGARROS,S.L. (Promocigar). Only by invitation.
Friday 02/27
10:00- 11:30 hrs. Final of the Habanosommelier Contest (Room3).
11:30- 12:00 hrs. Lecture: “History of the cigar factories in Cuba” by Adriano Martínez Rius. (Room 4).
12:00- 13:00 hrs. Closing Session. (Room 4).
Awards:
– Best Stand (by category).
– Habanosommelier contest winner.
13:00- hrs. Final lunch at El Bucán Restaurant.
20:00 hrs. Gala Night: Introducing Cohiba Gran Reserva followed by the Auction
of Humidors.
PABEXPO. (Room C).