1st Annual C.A.T.S Cigar Festival
What an incredible event. If you were there then the mention of the C.A.T.S. Festival brings a smile to your face. If you were not there then you will certainly want to be there next year! What is C.A.T.S? Cigar Aficionados Trades and Sales is a Facebook Group created for the consumer first. This is also a very active group, which makes for a unique experience when it comes to the festival. Everyone knows each other, if at first only online, and friendships grow over cigars online and in person.
See the group for yourself and request to be a part of the fun: C.A.T.S. on Facebook. The people are wonderful and the cigars are grand and plentiful. Share your favorites with your fellow brothers and sisters of the leaf and make new friends along the way.
Cigars were everywhere at this festival. I mean everywhere! It was wonderful, and the support for our warriors was a strong motivation throughout the event. With names like Jonathan Drew, Jorge Padron, Jose Blanco, and Willy Herrera to name just a few- you know they are serious. There’s a lot of love for this group and it comes with good reason. One of the big focuses during the festival is Op:CFW, or Operation Cigars for Warriors. Op:CFW is a program that sends thousands of cigars and cigar related items to our troops as a small way of saying thank you for all that they do. With over 40 donation centers located throughout the U.S., this is a program I hope to see continue to grow. Discover more about Op:CFW and how you can help on their website: CigarsForWarriors.net.
I’ve never seen so many raffles, let alone amazing prizes, like this before. This is a team that works hard and with a lot of love to deliver the best experience to the cigar consumer. It’s more than a consumer they see, it’s our family. You truly see what the cigar culture is all about with C.A.T.S. and it is exemplified at the festival. And that family very much includes our warriors who are out there, putting themselves in harms way, defending our rights.
Thank you for hosting such an amazing event, thank you to the generous sponsors from Drew Estate, Padron, Joya De Nicaragua and Famous Smokes, and thank you to all the C.A.T.S. group members for making such a memorable event that will only get better and grander with time! I want to give a special thank you to Storm Boen for your hospitality and all that you do!