HAVANA – Havana’s annual cigar festival has come to a close with a gala dinner dedicated to the premium Montecristo brand and its new “1935” line and a traditional auction of luxury humidors designed by Cuban artisans.
Friday night’s events brought an end to five days of activities, including visits to tobacco plantations, cigar tastings and launches and presentations of new lines of cigars to hundreds of business leaders in that sector, experts and aficionados.
Around 2,000 guests packed the Cuban capital’s Pabexpo fairgrounds Friday night for the awarding of the “Habano of the Year” prizes in the production, business and communication categories.
Six humidors (wooden boxes that preserve the cigars’ original humidity) were auctioned off, the proceeds of which will once again benefit Cuba’s public health system.
These veritable works of art by expert carpenters and silversmiths were made from precious wood such as cedar and mahogany and also featured silver and other materials.
Among those attending the closing night’s events were Cuba’s deputy foreign trade and investment minister, Antonio Carricarte.
This year’s edition of the festival, organized by Habanos S.A., a joint venture of state-owned Cubatabaco and Spanish-owned Altadis, attracted around 2,000 distributors, producers, collectors, artists and connoisseurs of Cuban cigars from 50 countries.