Havana Hosts Annual Tobacco Festival

Inside the Habanos Cigar Festival

The glamorous event celebrates Cuba's pride and joy, the Cuban cigar.

A city frozen in time, Havana boasts an infectious energy that finds its way into the heart of any visitor. Bustling with contemporary artists, vivacious dancers, and an uninhibited authenticity that is rooted in its historic past, the Caribbean island is probably best known for its high-quality production of the Cuban cigar, which is celebrated annually at the Habanos Festival in Havana, Cuba. The festival — held from February 26th to March 2nd this year — attracts cigar aficionados from all over the world, who flock to Havana to learn more about the latest trends in Cuban cigars.

One of a Kind Sven Creutzmann/Mambo Photo/Getty Images One of a Kind Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2018, the glamorous festival is entirely dedicated to honoring the craftsmanship of the Cuban cigar. Produced from leaves grown in the optimal soil conditions found distinctly in Cuba, Habanos cigars are still made 100% by hand and are recognized worldwide for their supreme quality. Smoker’s Paradise ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images Smoker’s Paradise The annual festival typically draws in about 1,500 tobacco industry experts, from producers and distributors to artisans, collectors, and amateur smokers.
Tobacco Festival in Cuba

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Master Pass Throughout the week, festival attendees visit tobacco plantations, learn the proper technique for rolling a cigar and even compete in smoking competitions.

Power Puffs Sven Creutzmann/Mambo Photo/Getty Images Power Puffs Pictured here, a woman smokes a Montecristo cigar during a competition for the longest ash, during the festival in 2015. Last Looks Sven Creutzmann/Mambo Photo/Getty Images Last Looks The festival culminates in a glittering gala where cigars and humidors (elegant, airtight containers for storing cigars) are auctioned off at top prices.