This is my favorite event of the year because it brings so many people together to celebrate our hobby. People gather, smoke, eat, drink, socialize, and just enjoy the company of cigar lovers from all walks of life.
Albany, NY (PRWEB) April 30, 2012
PipesandCigars.com, an industry-leading online tobacconist, in conjunction with their retail location, Habana Premium Cigar Shoppe, is preparing to host their annual celebration of cigars known as HabanaPalooza on May 9, 2012. This event draws attendees from all over New York and beyond, and also attracts a number of very prominent figures from inside the cigar industry. This year's HabanaPalooza will feature very special guests Guillermo Leon- owner of the iconic La Aurora brand, Gary Griffith- owner of up-and-coming boutique brand Emilio cigars, and George Rodriguez- owner of Rodrigo Ultra Premium Boutique cigars. In addition, representatives from a number of cigar manufacturers will be on hand to meet with attendees and hand out their cigars. Vendors include Alec Bradley Cigar Co., Davidoff cigars, Drew Estate, Montecristo, La Flor Dominicana cigars, My Father Cigar Co., Rocky Patel cigars, Kristoff, Oliva, and many more.
Each HabanaPalooza attendee gets a free cigar from every cigar vendor, and there are over 20 cigar vendors already confirmed with more still being added. Attendees will also receive food and drink from a number of well-known area vendors. Drink vendors include Brown's Brewing Company, Ommegang Brewery, Chatham Brewing, Specialty Wines & More, and Empire Merchants North. Food will be provided by Tesoro Italian Restaurant, LoPorto's, Burden Lake Country Club, LT's Grill, and many more. Complexions Spa will also be on hand, sponsoring a Relaxation Station that will provide hot shaves, neck trims, chair massages, and paraffin treatments to HabanaPalooza attendees.
"We couldn't be more excited about this year's HabanaPalooza, and we're sure it's going to be the best one yet." Said PipesandCigars.com/Habana Premium owner Scott Bendett, "This is my favorite event of the year because it brings so many people together to celebrate our hobby. People gather, smoke, eat, drink, socialize, and just enjoy the company of cigar lovers from all walks of life. I truly enjoy the feeling of camaraderie inspired by the hobby of cigar smoking and HabanaPalooza is the prime example of that bond among cigar lovers. Everyone always has a great time and gets way more than their money's worth, and I think that is evidenced by how quickly we sold out tickets for this year's event. I think this celebration is fantastic for the Capital Region cigar community, and all the smiles and positive feedback makes me want to do it bigger and better every year. This year is going to be the biggest and the best so far!"
In addition to the cigar festivities, HabanaPalooza is a major part of PipesandCigars.com and Habana Premium Cigar Shoppe's charitable efforts. Over the 17 years that Habana Premium Cigar Shoppe has been in business, owner Scott Bendett has helped to raise over 2 million dollars for local charities, including the Adaptive Sports Foundation, the AIDS Council, Best Buddies, Center For Disability Services, Muscular Dystrophy Association, The Regional Food Bank, and many other worthy causes.
HabanaPalooza is held at the Washington Avenue Armory, located at 195 Washington Avenue in Albany, NY. Indoor smoking is fully permitted and encouraged at the event. Tickets for HabanaPalooza are $100, and are currently sold out. People without tickets who are interested in attending can stop by Habana Premium Cigar Shoppe's Colonie location at 1645 Central Avenue where the company is keeping a waiting list in case of any last minute cancellations.
HabanaPalooza kicks off at 6pm on Wednesday, May 9, and will last long into the evening. Habana Premium has secured a permit so indoor smoking is permitted and encouraged. Casual attire is also encouraged. Free parking is available to attendees across the street from the Armory in the CSEA parking area. For more information, visit habanapalooza.com.
About PipesandCigars.com: PipesandCigars.com is an industry-leading online tobacconist dedicated to bringing customers the widest selection of cigars, pipes, pipe tobacco and tobacco accessories. The company features premium cigars from brands like Macanudo cigars, Ashton cigars, Montecristo cigars, Padron cigars, CAO cigars, Arturo Fuente cigars, Rocky Patel cigars, Acid cigars and many more. They are the low-cost leader in pipe tobacco on brands like GL Pease, Sam Gawith, McClelland, Captian Black, Borkum Riff and many more. They feature thousands of pipes, ranging from inexpensive Corn Cobs and Dr. Grabow pipes all the way to the premium brands like Dunhill, Peterson and other fine hand-carved pipes.