The Nicaraguan cigar festival will not take place in 2021.
The Nicaraguan Chamber of Tobacco—Cámara Nicaragüense de Tabacaleros—has announced that it has canceled Puro Sabor 2021 due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our priority is the care we want to give to our people in the factories and to the people who would have visited us for the festival,” said Claudio Sgroi, president of the organization, in a press release. “The evolution of COVID-19 is still unpredictable, so we believe we have made the best decision.”
This is the second time in three years the event has been canceled. The 2019 version was canceled due to social unrest in the country.
Sgroi said that the organization is planning on having virtual factory tours and classes with its members.
Puro Sabor typically takes place in late January. It is followed by the Dominican Republic’s Procigar festival and the Festival del Habano in Cuba. Neither of those events have announced plans to hold or cancel their events.