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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.

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The maestros of Tabacalera de Garcia
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A beautiful night for a cocktail
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Some the of Davidoff team: Hendrik Kelner (Vice Chairman), Nicole Kaufman (Director of Global Communications), and Hamlet Espinal (VP of Global Production).
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The welcome party by the pool at the Hodelpa Garden Court
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Buffing the cigar box lids
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The cedar room where up to 5 million cigars are kept at a time.
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Hanging the tobacco to dry
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The factory floor
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De-veining the tobacco

For a recap of last year’s festival, check out this video:

For more, check out our full guide to ProCigar, and our recaps of day one, three, four, and five.

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