17th Habanos Festival

Welcome 17th Festival

From February 23rd to February 27th, 2015, Cuba will welcome a new edition of the Habanos Festival; the most prestigious international event dedicated to Premium Cigars and where meets annually all enthusiasts of the best tobacco of the world: the Habano.

During the event, several Habanos brands will be honored and particularly two of the well-known ones: Romeo y Julieta and Montecristo.

At the last edition of the Habanos Festival more than 1,300 participants from nearly 60 countries were present, as well as 250 journalists and cameramen of 142 press media that gave a wide coverage to this event whose international relevance continues to increase year after year.

Last year, more than 2,200 visitors attended the Trade Fair, along with 60 exhibitors from 7 countries, which confirms the relevance, favorable reception and success, resulting an ideal framework for technical and commercial exchanges among businessmen, manufacturers and suppliers from the world of tobacco.

The participants in this 17th Habanos Festival, including international personalities, will enjoy again the pleasure of tasting, in exclusive, some of the new vitolas to be launched by Habanos s.a in 2015 and will have the possibility to discover or rediscover the roots and the secrets of Cuba’s century old tobacco growing tradition in the island.

Habanos s.a. invites you to enjoy a delightful week among friends and aficionados that have one thing in common: the passion for Habanos.

The program of 2015 Habanos Festival keeps up its traditional activities during this unforgettable week:

  • Welcoming Night (Cocktail)
  • Visits to the best tobacco plantations in Vuelta Abajo, Pinar del Río
  • Evening to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of La Casa del Habano (Dinner)
  • Visits to emblematic Habanos Factories
  • Trade Fair
  • International Seminar
  • International Habanosommelier Contest
  • Gala Evening (Dinner)

The opening of the event will take place on February 23rd, 2015 with the inauguration of the Trade Fair at the Palacio de Convenciones.

This first day of the Festival will close with the Welcome Evening at the Wood and Tobacco Warehouse located in the area of the Port of La Habana, where the participants will have the privilege to attend both the launching of the Romeo y Julieta Gran Reserva Cosecha 2009 and the exclusive performance of Cuban artists of acknowledged national and international prestige. The nominations to the Habanos Award of the Year in the different categories will also be announced during the evening.

The International Seminar will present once more interesting conferences on diverse topics related to the world of Habanos, including alliances and matchings of Habanos with drinks and products of excellence of the gastronomy, as well as the wines of the prestigious Appellation of Origin from Chianti in Italy, master classes, cigar tastings and for the second time the contest to get the longest ash – enthusiastically received in its first edition in 2014 – among other themes of interest for all Habanos unconditional aficionados.

On February 25th a very special Dinner will be organized to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the concept “La Casa del Habano” and its more than 146 exclusive and prestigious Habanos outlets throughout the world.

And finally, on February 27th, with the usual Gala dinner the Festival, will be closed paying tribute this year to one of the well-known Habanos brands: Montecristo and its special 80th Anniversary vitola, ending with the traditional Humidor Auction, whose proceeds are annually destined to the Cuban Public Health System.

The TABACUBA Entrepreneurial Group and Habanos s.a. will be honored with your presence.

Walfrido Hernández Mesa    Luis Sánchez-Harguindey Pardo de Vera
Presidents of the Organizing Committee

Spanish, English, French, German and Russian