If you didn’t previously know what C.A.T.S. Fest is, chances are you do now! But just in case you’ve been out of the cigar scene for the last couple weeks (we hope not), here’s the low-down.
Contrary to popular belief, C.A.T.S. Fest is not a gathering of furry felines (unlike the Kattenstoet parade in Belgium…), no this is one of the most fun cigar events in the country! C.A.T.S. (Cigar Aficionados Trades & Sales) is one of the largest online cigar communities and is associated with the popular Cigars For Warriors charity.
For the past 3 years now, C.A.T.S. members and cigar enthusiasts alike have made the journey to San Antonio, TX to join in on this burgeoning, new event. Like many cigar events across the country, C.A.T.S. Fest is flush with cigar manufacturers, retailers, accessories, and celebrities, including Drew Estate’s Jonathan Drew, one of the event’s biggest proponents. Unlike many cigar events, C.A.T.S. Fest is a 3-day-long affair! A special V.I.P. dinner party kicks the festivities into motion, followed by a pre-party that no one ever seems to remember… Of course there’s the event itself, loaded with cigar goodies, as well as a post-event rodeo and post-event party the following day, accompanied by live musical performances!
As many are well aware, there were unfortunately a few unforeseeable storms moving through the Texas area during the event. Many participants were even left stranded in their vehicles after flooding occurred in the later hours of the night! Luckily no one was injured and the final day of C.A.T.S. Fest continued on at the event hotel – these guys don’t give up!
Cigar Dojo at C.A.T.S. Fest
This year, Cigar Dojo made the trip out to San Antonio to see what all the fuss was about. Attendees of the event were treated to an assortment of D’Crossier Cigars (some of our favorites!) as well as a few extra Dojo goodies. Two lucky attendees were awarded bundles of the now-extinct Sarsaparilla cigars after checking-in on the Cigar Dojo app.
C.A.T.S. Fest includes many event activities such as mechanical bull riding, raffles, and even some special awards such as the epic beard and mustache competitions. We’re proud to announce our own Dominic G. took home 1st place in the “Best Beard” category, sporting an eye patch that was not to be missed…
Cigar Dojo is a big supporter of Cigars for Warriors and we’d like to give thanks to all the hard-working members that make this event possible.