Nicaragua will once again have a cigar festival.
The Asociación Nicaragüense de Tabacaleros (ANT) has formally announced the fourth annual Puro Sabor festival will take place between Jan. 14-17 in Managua and Estelí. The festival begins much like last year’s—in Managua, Nicaragua’s capital, although the opening dinner will be had at the Crowne Plaza terrace as opposed to a country club.
The following day, attendees will be transported north to Estelí, the country’s cigar capital. Lunch will be at A.J. Fernandez’s Tabacalera Fernandez S.A. factory before guests are invited to visit factories that are members of ANT: A.J. Fernandez, Tabacos Cubanica S.A. (Padrón), La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate, Fabrica de Tabacos Joya de Nicaragua S.A., My Father Cigars S.A., NACSA, TABOLISA (Oliva), J.C. Newman’s PENSA, Plasencia Cigars S.A., STG Estelí (General Cigar Co.), Tobaccos San Rafael and Rocky Patel’s TAVICUSA. In addition, tobacco processors ASP Nicaragua and GK Tabacos de Nicaragua will welcome attendees.
That night a party will be held at the Plaza Domingo Gadeda.
On Friday guests will visit the farms of ASP, A.J. Fernandez, Plasenica, Nicaprosa and Padrón before having lunch at NACSA’s Gualupe farm. In addition to lunch, there will be an opportunity for attendees to roll cigars. The festival concludes with a gala and auction at a country club in Estelí Friday night. Saturday morning guests will head back to Managua. It is very much a similar itinerary as last year’s festival with the exception of the opening party and lunches.
“Our county is internationally recognized for producing the best cigars in the world, thanks to our rich volcanic soil, ideal climate conditions and decades of hard work and experience,” said Nestor Andrés Plasencia, president of the ANT, in a press release. “PURO SABOR is a unique opportunity to visit one of the most exotic countries in the world, enjoy its best products, smoke our best cigars, and come together with us, the ones who make it all happen.”
Tickets, which include all expenses (hotel, meals, ground transport, etc.) other than airfare and optional afterparties are $700 and $850 depending on hotel preferences. They can be reserved and purchased here.
The organization recently alluded to having only a limited supply of tickets remaining.
— Nica Cigar Fest (@nicacigarfest) December 4, 2014