Day two was hard to start after the previous evening’s celebration of Tabacalera de Garcia’s 50th anniversary. To say I was sluggish getting going is an understatement. The day started early with a tour of Tabacalera de Garcia’s factory and box making plant. Bonus points: they had coffee, coconuts, sno-cones, and cigars waiting for us.
Tabacalera de Garcia is very impressive in its size and scope; they have over 5000 employees. I did this tour last year but still learned a lot the second time around. We’ll be doing a full story on their factory soon, so stay tuned.
Then came the 5ish hour journey from La Romana to Santiago where ProCigar officially begins. It’s a long ass time to be on a bus.
The first official event of ProCigar was the welcome cocktail party at the Hodelpa Garden Court where most of the attendees of ProCigar and the cigar manufacturers hung out under a beautiful moonlit sky.
There aren’t a ton of photos from today because half of it was spent traveling but hopefully these will give you a taste of what it’s like.
Note: None of these photos have been edited because ain’t nobody got time for that.
For a recap of last year’s festival, check out this video: