Procigar 2021 Festival Canceled, 2022 Dates Announced

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The 2021 installment of the Procigar Festival has been officially canceled due to the safety restrictions still in place in the Dominican Republic.

The organization had initially postponed the event in December 2020, leaving the door open to rescheduling at some point. However, that will not be happening.

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“We have made the difficult decision to cancel our Procigar Festival 2021, we know that this decision is disappointing, but we hope that everyone can understand that right now our priority is to keep the collaborators and participants of the event safe,” said Hendrik Kelner, president of Procigar, in a press release.

Procigar did announce the dates for the 2022 festival, which is scheduled to take place Feb. 20-25, 2022, should things continue to improve as predicted by government entities.

The festival runs for about five days, beginning in La Romana on the eastern side of the country at Tabacalera de García before moving west to Santiago, which is home to the majority of the country’s tobacco farms and factories. Guests tour fields and facilities, learn about cigar blending and the production process, and have the opportunity to meet and mingle with manufacturers. Evenings consist of dinners held throughout the city, including one known as the white party that is held at the Monumento a los Héroes de la Restauración, a central monument in the city. The festival wraps up with a gala dinner featuring an auction of art and cigars, many coming in unique humidors made just for the event.

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