On June 26th, 2010 in Easton, Pennsylvania – Famous Smoke Shop held an event that brought together some of the top manufactures in the business with their fans, the consumers for Cigar Expo. The event gave cigar smokers a chance to mingle with the likes of Jonathan Drew (Drew Estate), Pete Johnson (Tatuaje), Eddie Ortega (EO Brands), Sam Leccia (Nub & Cain Cigars), Jose Blanco (La Aurora/Miami Cigar), Ernesto Perez Carrillo, (E.P. Carrillo), Rocky Patel, Quesada and many more.
As they made there way from table to table they were all smiles as they got a cigar from the manufacture and got a chance to shoot the breeze with the cigar celebrities they so much admire. This was the consumers version of the IPCPR and to quote a manufacturer,, “This is so much better then that other festival. Being outdoors and smoking with friends is how it should be.”
But for me the highlight of the day was talking to Eddie Ortega and Pete Johnson with the site being put second so friendships can be extended. While a difference in personalities the amount of respect for each other was evident and being welcomed into the fold even if only for a short while was something that I felt blessed to be a part of.
Over the next few days I’ll have some video clips of joint interviews I conducted with Tom from Cigar Reader and some information on some new cigars coming out over the next few weeks but for now here is is a photo gallery.