Registration for the 2019 edition of the Procigar Festival in the Dominican Republic is open.

The upcoming festival, which marks the 12th edition, runs from Feb. 17 – 22, and as it did last year and well as in several years past, will kick off at Casa de Campo in La Romana, which sits on the eastern side of the country. That city is home to Tabacalera de García, which is best known as the home to much of Altadis U.S.A.’s production and is the largest cigar factory in the world.

On Feb. 20, the festival moves to Santiago de los Caballeros, which is considered to be the home of the Dominican cigar industry. Attendees have the opportunity to visit cigar factories and tobacco fields during the day followed by gala dinners at night. The festival not only includes an abundance of cigars—many of which are new releases or special sizes—but also the opportunity to meet and mingle with the people behind them, often for one-on-one conversations.

The festival also includes lunches and seminars with cigar makers and the opportunity to visit a local beach for a day of relaxation or an adventure excursion at one of the country’s numerous natural attractions.

The annual event celebrates the people and cigars of the Dominican Republic, while also raising money for Voluntariado de Jesús con los Niños, a non-profit organization for sick children, and the Sociedad San Vicente de Paul, a senior retirement home for low income elders, via an auction during the gala evening that closes the festival.

Registration for the 2019 Procigar Festival costs $1,200 per person and does not include airfare or hotel accommodations.

Read halfwheel’s coverage of the 2018 Procigar Festival here.

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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 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, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.