The Association of Dominican Cigar Manufacturers, ProCigar, recently celebrated the Tenth Anniversary of its Procigar Festival, an ode to fine cigars, tobacco and smokers. Some 800 suppliers, retailers, consumers and industry associates from more than 20 countries gathered in the ‘cigar country’, the Dominican Republic, for the much awaited festival which started at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana. The activities were ample; from the “Roll your Own Cigar” Seminar and “Long Ash Contest” hosted by Tabacalera de García, to simply relaxing by the beach and enjoying the country’s beautiful weather, guests we not short on entertainment.
Cigar lovers had the chance to tour Tabacalera de García, the world’s biggest cigar factory, then headed to Santiago, “the cigar capital of the world” for three days, where they visited the factories and tobacco fields of Cigar Family Charitable Foundation, Davidoff, De Los Reyes Cigars, General Cigar, Quesada, La Aurora, La Flor Dominicana, PDR Cigars, Tabacalera La Alianza, Tabacalera La Palma. While some braved their luck and hand at the 7th Annual Procigar Poker Tournament with proceeds going to a local charity, others swayed at merengue lessons or basked in the sun at the beach. The “Top 3 DR cigars of ProCigar by Cigar Aficionado” seminar was launched for the very first time, and was hosted by David Savona and Greg Mottola.
A traditional welcome dinner held at the gardens of Teatro del Cibao introduced all Procigar members to either a new, limited or special cigar. The night continued with a delicious Dominican dinner and a merengue contest; the winner had the chance to choose 100 cigars from one of the cigar brands manufactured by the Procigar members. On Thursday, a white attire dinner took place at Santiago’s Monumento a los Héroes de la Restauración; attendees danced the night away to the Maria del Mar quartette. During the evening, David Savona recognized Litto Gómez for winning the No.1 cigar of the Top 25 of Cigar Aficionado 2016.
The closing ceremony was celebrated at the Centro Español, a private Spanish Club in Santiago. A very exotic Dominican gastronomy experience by Chef Tita, known as the “Ambassador of the Dominican cuisine to the world” provided guests with unforgettable memories, accompanied by an exciting show with live music by Franco. In addition, United Tobacco Processing, EGM Tobbaco Processors S.R.L., La Palma Cigars and Zanwill International Inc. were presented as new members, while a posthumous tribute was paid to Carlos Fuente.
This event culminated in an auction of very special or unique products benefiting the Voluntariado de Jesús con los Niños and the Hospicio San Vicente de Paúl, a non-profit organizatio dedicated to helping children and impoverished elders.