In August this year, around 200 people attended the 5th Gothenburg Cigar Festival at The Docks, a nightclub situated on the island of Hisingen.
The cigar club that organized the festival is called Götheborgs Cigarrsällskap and started out in a lounge at Habanos Nordic’s store in the center of Gothenburg four years ago. “That’s where we had the first festival as well,” says Daniel Johansson, president of the club. “We started out with six members and now we’ve passed one hundred.”
We talk and trade cigars.
Over the weekend, three tastings were held. Participants of the Habanos Nordic tasting were treated to a Cohiba Siglo VI; Götheborgs Cigarrsällskap organized a tasting of different rums, with the help of Per Ädel of Ädel Smak, combined with the European premiere of Señorial, the new creation from master blender José Blanco. And, finally, Jan von Vistisen of Royal Danish Cigars offered his guests a Royal Twister and a Tivoli as he told the story of his company.
The latter tasting was the tasting that first-time visitor Jimmy Sjöberg and his friend Stefan Singer chose to attend. “We were coming to Gothenburg anyway to visit our friends here. Then suddenly Stefan realized the cigar festival was on, much to the delight of our wives,” says Sjöberg.
Beside the presentations, the area outside the nightclub invited people to simply hang out, smoke cigars and meet up with like-minded people. “This is my first time here and I’m meeting friends I’ve never physically met before. We talk, and trade cigars,” says Christoffer Söderlund, a visitor to the festival.
Gothenburg Cigar Festival
Or visit Götheborgs Cigarrsällskap
Fees: The price per tasting is 300 SEK (33 euros/42 US dollars) and the final dinner, 595 SEK (65 euros/83 US dollars).
This article was published in the Cigar Journal Winter Edition 2014. Read more