Cuba to Host International Habano Festival in February
HAVANA, CUBA.- The Thirteenth International Habano Festival will take place at Havana's Convention Center from February 21 to 25 and it will be dedicated to one of the most famous Cuban cigar brands: Montecristo.
The event will also be dedicated to the brands Partagas and H. Upmann, of Habanos S.A., which is in charge of their production and marketing.
Ana Lopez, Director of Operation Marketing of Habanos S.A., told ACN that participants in the largest international gathering to promote the Premium type cigar will have the opportunity and privilege to enjoy the new vitolas that the company will launch to the market in 2011.
She added that more than 1,000 guests from some 80 countries will attend.
According to the webpage of the event, the program includes visits to emblematic Habanos factories and tobacco plantations in the westernmost province of Pinar del Rio as well as the International Habanosommelier Contest, seminars, a trade fair, and a master lecture on the cigar rolling technique.
For the opening night, on Monday, February 21, a concert with the participation of Maestro Leo Brouwer, who recently won a Latin Grammy, has been scheduled for the Great Theater of Havana.
The closing of the Festival will take place on Friday, February 25, with a Gala Dinner dedicated to Montecristo and the traditional humidor auction for the benefit of the Cuban Public Health System.
Recently, the Cigar Aficionado specialized magazine published its annual list of the best cigars for 2010. Topping the list is the Cuban Cohiba Behike BHK 52, which was one of the products introduced during last year's International Habano Festival.(ACN)