The Cámara Nicaragüense de Tabacaleros (Nicaragua Tobacco Chamber) has announced that the Puro Sabor festival will be returning, with the organization scheduling the next festival for Jan. 23-27, 2023.

“After being absent for three years, we are very excited to announce that we are once again opening the doors of our industry to receive our guests,” said Manuel Rubio Centeno, president of the Nicaraguan Chamber of Tobacco, via a press release. Centeno, who is also the operations manager of La Gran Fábrica Drew Estate, called the festival a great opportunity for Nicaraguan cigar lovers to met again with the best tobacco manufacturers in the world.

The decision to hold the festival was approved by a unanimous vote of the chamber’s 26 members.

The 2023 Puro Sabor festival will once again begin in the colonial city of Granada, and then move to Estelí for a series of visits to tobacco fields and cigar factories. In addition, factories and farms host lunches, while the evenings are marked by celebratory dinners. Attendees have multiple opportunities to interact with their favorite cigar makers and see the process of a cigar from a seed in the soil to the finished product.

Puro Sabor had been canceled three out of the past four years for various reasons. The 2019 version was canceled due to social unrest, the 2020 festival was held, while the 2021 festival and the 2022 festival was canceled due to COVID-19 and related health concerns.

The organization has not yet announced a date when registration will open.

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