On Sunday, February 19, the 15th annual Procigar Festival started at the luxury destination Casa de Campo, known as the best golf resort in the world.
The next day, a catamaran tour to Catalina Island took place followed by a sunset bonfire dinner at Minitas Beach Club hosted by Grupo de Maestros of Tabacalera de García.
On Tuesday, February 20, Tabacalera de García, the biggest cigar factory in the world, hosted a tour with a guided visit to their facilities. In the afternoon, guests departed to Santiago for three days of guided tours of the following cigar factories and tobacco fields: Quesada Cigars, La Aurora, General Cigar Dominicana, Tabacalera Palma, De Los Reyes Cigars, Tabacalera A. Fuente, PDR Cigars, Tabacalera La Alianza / E.P. Carrillo, La Flor Dominicana, Davidoff Cigars, Montecristo, as well as a visit to the Chateau de la Fuente, Cigar Family Charitable Foundation and House of Dreams.
Guests received an exclusive gift bag, including special items such as a limited-edition cigar box, ashtray, cutter, lighter and others cigar accessories, followed by an exquisite welcome cocktail hosted by Procigar members and their staff.
While in Santiago, attendees have the opportunity to attend the Procigar Field Day, an activity exclusively designed for one-on-one interactions with the icons of the Dominican cigar industry. Additionally, other leisure activities are offered in the afternoons: a rum and cigar pairing with Casa Brugal and a Smoking Challenge by the International Association of Cigar Sommeliers (IACS).
On Wednesday February 22, after the tours, the Welcome Dinner Party will be held at the Parque Central, where all guests will receive an exclusive cigar box manufactured by Zanwill International and enjoy a remarkable culinary experience together with live music by local performers. Afterwards, the traditional Dominican music contest takes place, where the winners get 50 cigars manufactured by one of the Procigar members.
The famous White Party will take place at Santiago’s Monumento a los Héroes de la Restauración on Thursday, February 23. Those present at the event will receive a very special cigar box and art piece designed by the artist Angurria and manufactured by International Packaging. The cigars contained in the boxes are: Tabacalera de García: Vegafina 1998 VF54; Tabadom Holding: Davidoff Gran Cru; La Aurora: Preferidos 1903 Platinum; Quesada Cigars: Casa Magna Connecticut Toro; General Cigar Dominicana: Flint Knoll Macanudo; PDR Cigars: El Vinyet Cuvee Special Churchill; De Los Reyes Cigars: Saga Solaz Corona; Tabacalera A. Fuente: A.F. Don Carlos II Double Robusto; La Flor Dominicana: Chaper 1; Tabacalera La Alianza EP Carrillo: Reserva Churchill Especial 7 and Tabacalera Palma: La Galera Imperial Jade.
The Gala Dinner Party on February 24 will be celebrated at the Centro Español, a private club founded in 1965. On this night, guests will be welcomed with a special cigar box manufactured by Vrijdag Premium Printing. The guests will experience a delightful dinner and a spectacular show featuring live music. The traditional auction of unique items benefiting Voluntariado Jesús con los Niños (a non-profit organization for ill children), Sociedad San Vicente de Paúl (senior retirement home for low-income elders), Procigar’s charitable initiative “A Home for My Family” (housing program for disadvantaged yet deserving employees of the members companies), among others nonprofit organizations. The event will culminate with an after party featuring DJs, performances by dancers, and the official presentation of new passive and active members of Procigar Association.