Yet another cigar festival has been forced to cancel due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as today Casa de Montecristo announced that it is canceling the 2020 Tampa Cigar Bash, which had been set for October.

The retailer delayed putting tickets on sale in hopes of the pandemic situation improving enough to move forward with the event. The event was expecting upwards of 800 ticketed attendees, plus numerous people from the cigar industry, as well as additional vendors.

In an email to customers on Friday, the store said that it had been closely monitoring the guidance of public health officials and government agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, and it was only after “careful and thoughtful consideration” that the decision was made to cancel the event.

“The well-being and safety of our guests, associates, and community is our top priority, and given the information and guidance provided surrounding large gatherings we have had to make this difficult decision to cancel this year’s event,” the store wrote.

This is the second event hosted by Casa de Montecristo that has been canceled this year, as the Texas Cigar Festival was canceled in June, along with JR Cigar’s Smokin’ in the Carolinas event.

Several other events geared towards cigar consumers have also been canceled in recent weeks, including Espinosa Premium Cigars’ La Zona Palooza, which was slated for December. RoMa Craft Tobac also recently decided to postpone its WeaselFest event from Labor Day Weekend to Memorial Day Weekend in 2021.

A separate event, the Cigar Heritage Festival, held in Tampa’s Ybor City neighborhood and slated for Dec. 6, was recently confirmed as still happening as scheduled.

Patrick Lagreid

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 the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.