2018 Habanos Festival
Feb 26 through to March 2 saw thousands of “Friends of Habanos” descend on Havana for the 20th Annual cigar festival. From Mondays Opening night celebrating the new Cohiba Robusto Reserva Cosecha 2014, to Wednesday’s Distributer’s Night, to the Friday Night gala dedicated to Partagas, it was a week of great community, ridiculous weather and some of the best cigars in the world. Thanks to Roger, Betty and Jose for their great hospitality.
What a Crib!
Our winter event at Joe and Mathews was spectacular! Their crib in their cabana might be the best we have been at and large enough to hold 80 of us with room to spare. Could not believe the quality of the food coming out of his home kitchen, and the service/catering staff he brought in had it down pat. Thanks to Alec Bradley, Havana House and House of Horvath for the cigars.
Joe we are coming back.
Alex In Nicaragua – January 2018
On the heels of our growing business with Perdomo Cigars, I sent Alex to Esteli Nicaragua to visit their factory and go to school for 2.5 days with the professor himself. He was as blown away as I was a year ago. To keep him out of trouble, I sent wingmen Kes and Chris who kept him in trouble for a few extra days. Big mistake.
Here is a snapshot of their time down there.
Smoke Free Ontario
Government interference into the private activities of ordinary Ontarians ramped up significantly on January 1, 2015 when new regulations to the Smoke Free Ontario kicked in. These changes dramatically altered the way tobacco is sold and enjoyed in Ontario. The biggest impact was the smoking ban on all patio’s where food and beverages are served –even those where age restrictions limit patronage to adults 19 and over. This limited the places Cigar Studio is able to host our events.
As we have talked about many times since then, this is not the first time that the government has encroached on our personal freedoms –like the freedom of the bar owner to run their establishment as they see fit or the freedom of cigar smokers to enjoy a legal product. That the government levies huge taxes on cigars yet profits financially from their purchase while limiting consumers ability to enjoy that product to a few places, is in itself a big hypocrisy. I know of many non-smokers who defend our right to enjoy a legal product because of their concern that the government appears willing to go after legal public activities that they deem socially unacceptable. What’s next? “No cheeseburgers for you, you could lose a few pounds”?
Since then we have complied with the new laws and continue to look for legal alternate sites where we can enjoy cigars together. 10 meter, self serve F&B zones have been established at many golf and private clubs. While not perfect, they are legal as are the homes, back yards and cabanas of many of our customers who host events on our behalf. We have used many of these options and will continue to do do so in 2018. We will let you know 2018 details soon. In the meantime, we have had Toronto Public Health to the shop and our small table out front is yours to enjoy.