XVI Cigar Festival in Cuban capital. Part 2
One day earlier for rolling up cigars, workers had to remain for overtime hours to prepare tobacco leaves for festival. On cigar plant in Havana it is considered a very hard work. Ideally rolled-up cigar must have rich brown color with tint of parched gold.
Cigar admires appreciate manually rolled-up tobacco leaves from West province Pinar del Rio, the cradle of Cuban tobacco.
Ashtray of many people, like Lanfredi has crumbles from cigar at the very beginning of competition. Others were able to continue smoking till the moment when their cigars have become tiny cigar butts.
Ready Cuban cigars are packed in traditional Cuban boxes and are sent for sale.
One cigar costs approximately 50 USD, though on Cuba they are sold by quarter cheaper. Rolling-up a cigar is a very delicate and labor-intensive process that requires certain qualification.
Though Cuban government allows USA citizens to visit country, American government prohibits its' citizens to go there without special permission.
Americans that were caught while visiting Cuba without corresponding permission may face 10-years of prison or penalty of 250000 USD.
On Havana plant during breaks can be seen workers smoking cigars.
About 1500 smokers from 80 countries of the world annually visit Cigar Festival in Havana. This Festival is organized in order to make visitors appraise quality of Cuban premium-class tobacco that is one of the most desired and expensive in the world.
For the last years relations between Cuba and USA have warmed up and have been removed some restrictions on trips. As result number of visitors from USA on the island has reached almost 600000 in 2013. "Cigar Festival is organized for people who can appreciate quality of our products" - said Ana Lopez, marketing director of Habanos SA, Cuban-Britain joint venture that produces and sells Cuban cigars.