Details about the Dutch Big Smoke. Last week, we announced that Jonathan Drew and Pedro Gomez Rodriguez are the first guests of the Dutch big smoke. Omar de Frias from Fratello will be present as well. Now more details have been announced. The dates, the location and how to get tickets.
The Big Smoke 2019 will be a two day, three locations event. On Saturday the 14th of September, Cigaragua in Amsterdam will be the location of the cigar gathering. For this event, only 40 tickets are available. Since it’s such an intimate location, with such an exclusive number of tickets, it’s considered the pre-party. The main event will take place on Sunday the 15th. That will take place at the restaurant Le Barrage in Alblasserdam. Alblasserdam is a municipality about 20 kilometers east of Rotterdam. 200 tickets are available and the event takes place from noon till 7 pm. After that, the event continues at Jacks’ Cigar Bar in Rotterdam. For that event, 40 tickets are available. There are options for an afterparty on Saturday the 14th, yet those plans haven’t been finalized yet.
The Big Smoke
The now defunct website Sigarenliefhebber.nl hosted the Big Smoke for years. It started in 2011 in The Hague, then continued in Rotterdam for another four years before the government shut the event down. After a hiatus of a year, Sasja van Horssen from Cigaragua rebooted the event. In a different shape, all within the strong legislation. La Casa del Habano Almere, Davidoff, Van Lookeren and Hajenius were involved too. Last year, only Hajenius and Van Lookeren were part of the event next to Cigaragua. And this year, it’s just Cigaragua. Jacks’ was the afterparty location last year as well.
The Dutch Big Smoke is a launching event. Every year, 10 cigars will be introduced to the Dutch market during the Big Smoke. And cigar celebrities will be available for the launch. For this year, only one name has been revealed so far: Jonathan Drew. Ministry of Cigars will publish more names as soon as they are confirmed. Tickets are available for €85 at Cigaragua, Van Dalen Rotterdam, Van Dalen Den Bosch, and Van Dalen Dordrecht. Tickets include the 10 newly released cigars. Tickets can also be reserved per e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Previous guests include some of the biggest names in the industry: Christian Eiroa, Tom Lazuka, Bradley Rubin, George Sosa, Francisco Baptista, Riste Riatevski, Alex Svensson, Tom Mulder, Rick Rodriguez, Pete Johnson, Jaime & Janny Garcia, Juan Martinez, Rocky Patel and many many more.