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The Habanos Festival

Habanos S.A. Corporation and the Tabacuba Business Group convoke the enthusiasts of good smoking to the most important event being held in Cuba year after year: ¨The Habanos Festival¨. A special week this time, from February 21 to 25, 2005 reserved for those devoted to the pleasure of smoking.

 
The Seventh Edition of the Festival, a noteworthy event, will offer more knowledge and experiences to Habanos´ lovers. Both connoisseurs and beginners will have the opportunity to delight themselves and enjoy the exclusive pleasure of smoking, strongly connected to a singular life style.
Officially based at Havana International Conference Centre, the 5th Edition of the Festival will dedicate its activities to commemorate the anniversaries of these global brands:
 
- 160th anniversary of Partagás
- 140th anniversary of Hoyo de Monterrey
- 130th anniversary of Romeo y Julieta
- 70th anniversary of Montecristo

A world filled with tiny details happily combined with luxury, beauty and unique experiences mixed all together with the classical, traditional and modern aspects as well. Once again welcome back to the privileged world of Habanos
Habano Festival will welcome its participants:
 
- Exclusive distributors
- Managers of Casas del Habano from all over the world
- Businessmen
- Manufacturers and traders of articles for smokers
- Tobacco producers for manufacturing the Habano
- Suppliers of the cigar industry 
- Manufacturers and traders of luxury items related to the Habano
- Manufacturers and suppliers of Gourmet World
- Products under license of Habanos S.A.
- Craftsmen and collectors
- Smokers' Clubs
- Smokers Aficionado

GENERAL PROGRAM
 
Friday, February 18 to Sunday 20
Mounting of the Trade Fair
 
Sunday, February 20
10:00 - 4:00 Registration at the Havana International Conference Centre (HICC)
 
Monday, February 21
10:00 - 4:00 Registration at the HICC
10:00 - 1:00 Preliminary meeting Habanosommelier International Contest
1:00 Lunch at the "Bucán" Restaurant
8:00 Welcome Night
 
Tuesday, February 22
09:00 -5:00 Visit to the Tobacco Research Institute and plantations at the south of Havana.
Free night
 
Wednesday, February 23
09:00 - 10:30 Opening of the Trade Fair
10:30 - 10:45 Opening of the International Seminar at HICC
10:45 - 11:30 Lecture about Casas del Habano
11:30 - 11:45 Coffee Break
11:45 - 12:15 Presentation of "Vegas Robaina´s" Guayaberas
12:15 - 1:00 Sensorial Tasting
1:00 - 2:30 Lunch at the "Bucán" Restaurant
2:30 - 4:00 Master practice on how to roll a Petit Robusto cigar
Continuation of the International Seminar.
8:00 "A Cool Night in Hot Havana" Canadians greetings for the VII Festival

Thursday, February 24
09:00 - 12:30 Visit of Cigar Factories (Dorados & Partagás)
10:00 - 1:00 Preliminary meeting on the Whisky & Cigar Challenge Contest
1:00 - 2:30 Lunch at HICC
2:30 - 4:00 Final of the Whisky & Cigar Challenge Contest
2:30 - 3:30 Rum Tasting

Friday, February 25
09:00 - 11:00 Final of the Habanosommelier International Contest
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 - 12:30 Master lecture: "Communication and Public Relationships as alternative vs anti smoking campaign". Borja P. de la Bellacasa Aguirre, CEO Bassat Ogilvy, Communication Consultants
12:30 - 1:30 Closing session of the festival and awarding of prizes
1:30 Farewell lunch
8:00 Gala Dinner

Prices
International Seminar 320.00 USD
Welcome Night 150.00 USD
Visit to Plantations and Tobacco Institute 80.00 USD
Visit to Cigar Factories Dorados y Partagás 10.00 USD
Canadian Night 200.00 USD
Gala Dinner 500.00 USD
Full program 1,260.00 USD
Program for Acompanying person 1,170.00 USD

Trade Fair
In spaces rented by the enterprise, country or organization, the entrepreneurs, craftsmen, artists, traders, manufacturers or enterprises may exhibit and sell the following goods:

- Products related to agriculture
- Machinery
- Handicraft
- Paintings
- Bibliography
- Articles for smokers
- Luxury articles
- Gourmets Products
 
For further informations, please contact Habanos SA and Roberto García, Executive, Events Division
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