Habanos S.A. has formally announced the dates of the 18th Habanos Festival, otherwise known as Festival del Habano XVIII, as it will happen February 29 – March 4, 2016.

While specifics of the event are yet to be announced, next year’s festival will include tours of tobacco farms and cigar factories, a trade fair, educational seminars, the Habanosommelier contest. a master lesson in cigar rolling, several dinners, the chance to try new cigars and the auction of the humidors, according to the announcement.

See halfwheel’s coverage of the 2015 Habanos Festival here.

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I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and previously the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for Major League Baseball, plus I'm a voice over artist. Prior to joining halfwheel, I covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.