The Cigar Nut

Habanos S.A. released the official announcement yesterday about the 15th Habanos Festival, and today the followed it up with a full preliminary program listing. I am sure that this will have minor changes, but to say I wish I could be there is an understatement. Sigh – oh well, onto the juicy info!

Monday 25/02

10.00-16.00 hrs.

Registration (Palacio de Convenciones)

Note: From Tuesday, February 26th until March the 2nd, registration will be possible from 9.00 hrs. to 16.00 hrs.

Tuesday 26/02

9:30 -10:30 hrs.


Press conference. Handing out of the press dossier on the 15th Festival. (Hall 3) (Palacio de Convenciones)

10:30-17:00 hrs.

Preliminary International Habanosommelier Contest. (Hall 5)

14:00 hrs.

Trade Fair opening

14.30 hrs.

Preliminary Habanos D.O.P. / Rioja D.O.C.A. Alliance (Hall 6)

19:00 hrs.

Welcoming evening dedicated to Montecristo.

Concert and Welcoming cocktail.

“El Morro” Fortress

Wednesday 27/02

07:00-17:00 hrs.

Visit to plantations in Vuelta Abajo, Pinar del Río.

10:00 hrs.

Preliminary: Blind tasting of Habanos with the participation of factory tasters, sommeliers and aficionados (Hall 6)

19.30 hrs

Opening of the Habanos Gallery. Ancient Partagás Factory.

Thursday 28/02

09.30-09:45 hrs.

Opening of the International Seminar (Hall 4)

09:45-10:30 hrs.

Master Lecture. Frenando Domínguez Valdés-Hevia. “Present and future of Premium Tobacco” (Hall 4).

10:30-11:00 hrs.

Coffee Break

11:.00-12:15 hrs.

Tobacco and Gastronomy. Live Cooking Show produced by prestigious internaional Chefs. (Hall 3)

12:340-14:00 hrs.

Lunch at “El Bucán” restaurant.

14.15-15:45 hrs.

Master class on cigar rolling technique
“Totalmente a Mano”- totally by hand. Making a “Petit Edmundo” (Hall 4).

16.00-17.00 hrs

Final: Habanos D.O.P. / Rioja D.O.C.A. Alliance (Hall 3).

20:00 hrs.

Vegueros Evening.

“El Laguito” protocol lounge.

Friday 01/03

09:.00-12:00 hrs.

Visit to Habanos factories. Partagás and H. Upmann.

12:30-14:00 hrs.

Lunch at El Bucán restaurant

14:00-16:30 hrs.

Master Lecture by Simon Chase. (Hall 3)

15:00-16:30 hrs.


Final: Habanos Blind tasting contest. (Hall 4)

16.30- 17.30 hrs.

Cocktails and Habanos. Presented by Havana Club (Hall 3)

17.30- 18.30 hrs.

Flavors and Aromas: marriages of Habanos with Brandy, Tequila and other products. (Various Halls)

Saturday 02/03

9:30-10:30 hrs.

International Habanosommelier Final Contest (Hall 3)

10:30-11:00 hrs.

Coffee break

11:00-12:00 hrs.

Master Lecture by Eumelio Espino. “From seed to smoke: more than 500 steps” (Hall 4).

12:00- 13.00 hrs.

Closing of the Seminar and Trade Fair (Hall 4)
Awarding Ceremony:
- Best stand of each category
- Winner of the International Habanosommelier Contest.
- Winner of the Video Contest “Habanos in Images”
- Winner of Blind Tasting Contest

15th Festival homage

13:00 hrs.

Farewel Lunch at “El Bucán” restaurant

19:00 hrs.

Gala Night: Dedicated to Partagás PABEXPO. Hall C

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