BACKGROUND: It started 10 years ago and now it is a part of history. Last week, on a hot Central Coast weekend, the Doc’s 10th annual Central Coast Herf launched its final hurrah. The 10th annual and final bash drew the most people ever for the Friday night pre-event party. The greatest number of people also turned out for the Saturday main event and even the Sunday morning traditional breakfast was the best attended ever.
The theme for this year’s event was chosen to honor the Military.
BACKGROUND: It all started in 2007 with just 6 friends, some cigars, libations and food. From there is has become the most successful herf of its size anywhere. Doc’s Central Coast Herf is an annual affair that brings in consumers, retailers, reps, and brand owners from around the country. It’s an invitation-only event, not for exclusivity, but for practical reasons. There are only so many people we can host at my home.
Doc’s Central Coast Herf is now in its 8th year. This year’s herf set a record for the generosity of our sponsors. A total of 27 sponsors supplied 100+ raffle gifts and every attendee walked away with at least two of the great raffle prizes supplied by our generous sponsors.
The food theme for this year’s herf was, Mexico. Herf attendees were treated to fine Mexican cuisine including home made tamales, beans, rice, two kinds of ceviche and flap steak burritos. During the herf, we consumed a total of 4 meals provided between Friday evening and Sunday at noon.
Attendees had the opportunity to swill some great libations provided by local wineries and breweries and there was even a tequila bar for Margaritas that cooled the 90+ degree summer temperatures.
But the big story for my cigar-loving friends was that 17 cigar providers contributed nearly 1,000 cigars to this year’s event. Every person was provided a goodie bag with 17-20 choice sticks. Today’s special podcast will take you for a ride with me as I reflect on Doc’s Central Coast Herf 8.