Santiago, Dominican Republic — PROCIGAR, the Association of the Dominican Cigar Manufacturers, celebrates the thirteenth edition of the Procigar Festival.
The world-renowned Procigar members are proud to announce the thirteenth annual Procigar Festival, where over 450 guests from more than 20 countries will be welcomed in the Cigar Country. Attendees include an esteemed line-up of suppliers, retailers, consumers and industry associates from all over the world that gather to celebrate the Procigar Festival, Dominican Republic’s most important event in the tobacco industry.
The Festival starts on February 16th in the luxurious Casa de Campo Resort, where guests will be able to relax at the beach and enjoy the country’s beautiful weather. On Monday February 17th, a cigar seminar will take place at Minitas Beach Club, with the name of “From the Leaf Grade to the Smoking Experience” by Grupo de Maestros of Tabacalera de García.
On Tuesday, February 18th Tabacalera de García, the biggest cigar factory in the world, will host a tour with a guided visit to their facilities. In the afternoon, guests will depart to Santiago, the Cigar Capital of the World, for three days, where they will be able to participate in guided tours of the following cigar factories and tobacco fields: Quesada Cigars, La Aurora, General Cigar Dominicana, Tabacalera Palma, De Los Reyes Cigars, PDR Cigars, Tabacalera La Alianza – E.P. Carrillo, La Flor Dominicana, Montecristo Tobacco Field tour, Davidoff Cigars, as well as a visit to the Chateau de la Fuente, Cigar Family Charitable Foundation and House of Dreams. A wonderful goodie bag is gifted to festival guests upon their arrival, including special items such as a limited-edition cigar box, ashtray and others cigar accessories.
While in Santiago, attendees will also have the opportunity to attend for the first time the Procigar Members Field Day, an activity exclusively designed for one on one interactions with the icons and gurus of the cigar industry. Additionally, other leisure activities will be offered in the afternoons: a rum and cigar pairing with Brugal 1888 and a Smoking Challenge by the International Association of Cigar Sommeliers (IACS).
On Wednesday February 19th, 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 Dominican fusion cuisine together with live music by local performers. Afterwards, the famous merengue contest will take place, where the winner gets to choose 50 cigars manufactured by one of the Procigar members.
The anticipated White Dinner Party will take place at Santiago’s Monumento a los Héroes de la Restauración on Thursday, February 20th. The attendees will enjoy a unique atmosphere with an outstanding dinner and the wonderful view of the city of Santiago de los Caballeros, accompanied with an exclusive cigar box manufactured in International Packaging with cigars offered by the Procigar members to please every palate.
The Gala Dinner Party on February 21st will be celebrated at the Centro Español, a private Spanish Club, founded in 1965. On this night, guests will be welcomed with a special cigar box manufactured by Vrijdag Premium Printing. The invitees will also experience a delightful dinner, continuing with a spectacular live music show. The traditional auction of unique items benefiting the new Social Responsibility initative of Procigar, “A home for a Family”, the Voluntariado Jesús con los Niños and the Hospicio San Vicente de Paúl, non-profit organizations dedicated to helping ill children and low-income elders will be once again part of this evening. The event will culminate with an after party to the sound of DJs, performance by dancers and much more.
Procigar Festival is a truly unique experience catered to cigar lovers worldwide. It features on site educational experiences and tours of the Dominican Republic’s world-renowned cigar factories led by the legendary cigar makers themselves. Attendees can enjoy the festival in any number of ways, from nightly entertainment to leisure activities, all with a fine cigar in hand! This special opportunity is sure to provide a lifetime’s worth of memories and leave no doubt as to why the Dominican Republic – Cigar Country makes the best premium cigars in the world!
In 1992, the most traditional and experienced Cigar Manufacturers in the Dominican Republic formed Procigar, an association whose objectives then and now, are to defend, protect and divulge the good name of the land of Cigar Country, exporter of the best Premium cigars in the world.
Preserving this heritage and maintaining the quality on which is built is the mission of the Association of Dominican Cigar Manufacturers, ensuring the Cigar Country’s continued status as the world’s number one premium cigar manufacturer.
Today, the Dominican Republic, produces and exports the finest handmade, premium cigars in the world. There is no land more qualified for the title “Cigar Country”. The members of Procigar have dedicated themselves high standard of quality and consistency to which they are collectively committed, by bringing their own individual blends, with their nuances of taste and aroma, to cigar lovers all over the world.
“A Home for My Family”: Charitable Initiative of Procigar
This year, Procigar, will present their new charitable initiative. This new initiative, named A Home for My Family, is a housing project that aims to help the most disadvantaged yet deserving employees of Procigar factories by providing the invaluable security of a decent and safe new home. The winners will be selected among low income families, that have children or elders in their household, with a precedent based on merit, need, and years worked at their respective factories. Together, with the collaboration of Espejo Constructora, a well-known building company located in Santiago, and the help of the Festival attendees, Procigar wants to change their lives by providing stability and a sense of well-being. The selected family will be announced during the Gala Dinner.
Procigar’s New Guarantee Seal
At the core of Procigar’s many functions there lies a simple mission: to spotlight the prestige and quality associated with our member’s products while continuing to shape the world’s perception of what it means to smoke a Dominican cigar. For this reason, The Association of the Dominican Cigar Manufacturers, Procigar, recently updated their guarantee seal, offering a new look that is not only beautiful but also functional, as it includes several new features aimed at helping prevent counterfeiting. These seals serve to nourish each individual member’s brand but also the brand of our country as a whole by strengthening consumer confidence in a simple but effective way.