Episode 395 2014 Pro Cigar Festival Part 2

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BACKGROUND: Last week, I walked you through a pre-festival tour at Tabacalera Palma and our first festival tour at Tabacalera La Alianza. This week I continue the adventure with descriptions of my tours to Davidoff and La Flor Dominicana. Of course, I’ll also be recapping our Dominican nightlife with descriptions of dinners with our favorite cigar makers, “White Night” and the final festival party.

On hand once again to help me provide all the details of the event are Stogie Fresh team members John and Christina who shared in all the fun and lived to tell the story.

WHITE NIGHT: Everyone wore white as we celebrated at the Monumento a los Heroes de la Restauración (Monument to heroes of the Restoration War). The monument is located on a hill in the middle of Santiago, with spectacular views of the city and surrounding mountains. It also has a surrounding park and it is an attractive place at night where people go to relax.

White Night: The Monumento venue overlooked the city of Santiago

White Night: The Monumento venue overlooked the city of Santiago

Josie shows off her box of cigars

Josie shows off her box of cigars

Doc with Hendrik Kelner Jr. of Kelner Boutique Factory and Smoking Jacket cigars

Doc with Hendrik Kelner Jr. of Kelner Boutique Factory and Smoking Jacket cigars

TOUR OF DAVIDOFF FARMS: We spent the day with Davidoff at their farms. We saw the development of tobacco starting from seeds and ending with harvesting.

Davidoff Farms: Tobacco growing and curing barns in the background

Davidoff Farms: Tobacco growing and curing barns in the background

John tries his hand at priming (picking) tobacco leaves

John tries his hand at priming (picking) tobacco leaves

TOUR OF LA FLOR DOMINICANA: Litto Gomez led the tour of his farms and factory.

Litto Gomez explains how shade tops preserve the pristine look of the finished leaf

Litto Gomez explains how shade tops preserve the pristine look of the finished leaf

Tony Gomez and Litto with Christina

Tony Gomez and Litto with Christina

FINAL DINNER PARTY AT CENTRO ESPAÑOL: The final evening was formal attire and had gourmet food, a charity auction, entertainment, dancing and plenty of cigars.

Final Celebration: Place settings were eye-catching

Final Celebration: Place settings were eye-catching

Time to party!

Time to party!

Cigars that were brought home

Cigars that were brought home

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Episode 394 Pro Cigar Festival 2014 – Part 1

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DESCRIPTION: After attending the first three Pro Cigar Festivals, I took a hiatus in years 4–6 and then returned to the scene of the sublime in year 7. This year I was joined by team Stogie Fresh members John and Christina and together we braved the tropical environs in search of the best cigar smoking experiences that money can buy. Today’s special episode will bring you the sights and sounds of the 7th annual Pro Cigar Festival on location in Santiago, Dominican Republic.

PRE-FESTIVAL TOUR: TABACALERA PALMA

Jochi Blanco poses with Team Stogie Fresh

Jochi Blanco poses with Team Stogie Fresh

After the tour, lunch and libations...

After the tour, lunch and libations…

FIRST FESTIVAL TOUR: TABACALERA LA ALIANZA

Ernesto takes time to take a picture with Doc

Ernesto takes time to take a picture with Doc

The aging room stores thousands of cigars

The aging room stores thousands of cigars

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