An interesting event brought together all fans of Cuban cigars in Sofia - Habanos Bulgaria presented the newest additions to the famous collections Montecristo and Partagás, and presented the new brand Vegueros.
The event brought all guests into the beautiful atmosphere of the XV Habanos Festival in Havana, Cuba, which took place in February. The Festival was attended, as always, by admirers of Cuban cigars from more than 70 countries, and international celebrities, fans of world’s best tobacco.
This year’s festival was attended by artists, musicians and famous gastronomy specialists. Among them were the tennis icon Boris Becker, the NBA star Gary Payton, the Italian tenor Dario Balzaneli, considered as successor of Luciano Pavarotti, who along with the legendary Cuban singer Omara Portuondo performed live at the gala dinner.
The famous Croatian chefs Grigur Bakshic, Zoran Simunic and Pantelia Pekic, club members of Gastronomadi, presented their creations in the kitchen using the best tobacco in the world, and their dishes could be tasted during the cooking show "Tobacco and cuisine".
XV Habanos Festival ended with a gala dinner honoring of the brand Partagás, founded in 1845, which this year presents Lusitanias Gran Reserva Cosecha 2007, first Gran Reserva in its 168-year history.
A highlight of the evening was the Italian tenor Dario Balzaneli, who performed the famous Cuban song "La Comparsa", and the legendary Cuban singer Omara Portuondo, who made memorable performance with the Maestro Patterson orchestra and Maestro Santiago Alfonso dance troupe.
On the evening, dedicated to the annual Habanos Awards, Danny Glover, a popular Hollywood actor, won the special prize of the Festival for his contribution spreading the Habanos culture through the world.
During the Festival took place the XII International Competition for Habanos Sommelier, which chose the Cuban Pedro Tejeda Terres (from La Bodegida del Medio) for a winner, while in the category “Best combination of wine and a cigar” the prize went to the French Fabrice Somier.
II International Festival Habanos in Images, which this year focused on photography, was won by Eriberto Gonzalez for his work "The Smoker". Osiris Oramas from restaurant La Barca won the III Habanos Cata Ciega (blind tasting).
XV Cuban Cigars Habanos Festival - centuries of fascinating tradition
Habanos Bulgaria presented the newest additions to the famous collections Montecristo and Partagás, and presented the new brand Vegueros.