Habana Palooza Preview

Habana Palooza is a yearly event put together by Habana Premium Cigar Shoppe, and is one of the biggest cigar events in the area. It is coming up on May, 9, 2012 in Albany, NY at the Washington Armory and you can buy tickets here.

So what is Habana Palooza?

For over 15 years Habana Premium Cigar Shoppe has been the leader in supplying upstate NY with unmatched cigar experiences.  We have become a community joined by a common bond; the love and passion of premium cigars, pipes and tobaccos.  Throughout the years we have made it our business to provide this community with ample opportunities to gather together and celebrate our shared passion.  One event stands alone above all others

HabanaPalooza was created to bring cigar smokers together under one gigantic roof. Three hundred cigar loving aficionados have the opportunity to enjoy smokes from over 20 premium manufacturers.  We enjoy a gastronomical wonderland of food from at least 4 of the Capital Region’s finest chefs.  We indulge in spirits, wine and craft beers from the finest distilleries, wineries and breweries in the world. HabanaPalooza has consistently delivered an unforgettable social experience!

Some of the guests coming this year to Habana Palooza include:

The owner of La Aurora, Guillermo Leon

The owner of Emilio Cigars, Gary Griffith

The owner of Rodrigo Handmade Ultra Premium Cigars, George Rodriguez

Some of the cigar vendors at Habana Palooza will be:
A. J. Fernandez
Alec Bradley
Emilio Cigars
General Cigar
Rodrigo Cigars
Drew Estate
La Aurora
La Flor Dominicana
Rocky Patel
My Father Cigar Company

J. Grotto

Plus there will be tons of spirit vendors at the event including Brewery Ommegang and Brown’s Brewing Co, and tons of local food vendors! The tickets for Habana Palooza will run you $100 per person and can be bought at their website www.habanapalooza.com. Each person receives a minimum of 20 premium cigars from the manufacturers in attendance, spirits tastings, tons of food provided by participating area restaurants and catering companies, a Habana Palooza 2012 T-Shirt, and a Habana Palooza swag bag. The event takes place May 9th and the doors open at 6pm. Habana Palooza will be held at the Washington Ave. Armory in Albany, NY.

The night before Habana Palooza there will be an A-List Party. Participants will get to rub elbows with some very special guests, enjoy passed Hors d’oeuvres from Classé Catering, and wine and spirits. They will also get 7 fine cigars from the special guests attending the party. These guests include Guillermo Leon accompanied by Ike Karipides of Miami Cigar, Gary Griffith, George Rodriguez, John Carney (La Flor Dominicana rep), Brad Hammond (Davidoff rep), John Hart (Drew Estate rep), and Habana Premium’s very own roller Fransisco. Plus Brett Bowersox, who represents Tiant Cigar group, 262 Cigars, Rodrigo cigars, and Emilio Cigars, Primer Mundo Cigars, and Ortega cigars, will be there

Habana Palooza isn’t just about cigars. Each year Habana Palooza raises money for local charities, a list of which can be found here. In fact I spoke with Scott Bendett, the owner of Habana Premium Cigar Shoppe, today and he has said that over the years Habana Premium Cigar Shoppe has helped organizations raise over 2 million dollars for local charities during charity events over the last 17 years. Events which include Habana Palooza, charity dinners, and much more. Scott Bendett should be commended for his contributions back to the community.

Check out photos from past Habana Paloozas here.