Details are emerging for the 2021 Great Smoke, “The Digital Experience”. It will take place in a virtual fashion. The tentative date for this event is February 20th, 2021 and it will be broadcast live in an 8 hour variety show format.
“The Great Smoke has become one of the nation’s most acclaimed cigar event for 15 years. Aficionados from all over the world have made the annual trip for this experience driven multi-vendor event. In light of decisions that have to be made early, and our concern for the health and safety of all our friends and guests, we are moving forward with a virtual version of TGS in 2021, “The Digital Experience!” said Smoke Inn proprietor, Abe Dababneh.
Abe Dababneh said his team are determined to create a unique, unprecedented experience that would best personify actually being at the event physically. As a leader in promotional events, they will be going to extreme lengths to create a historic interactive experience like never done before. “Imagine if you will, a Jerry Lewis Telethon meets QVC format for an analogy,” stated Abe Dababneh. This 8-hour interactive broadcast will consist of featured manufacturers, sponsored interactive liquor demonstrations, live entertainment, dancers, comedians, musicians, hourly raffles and giveaways, and a specially built portal for attendees to take advantage of event only promotions and sales.
Abe went on to further say, “The scope of this project will be huge and is honestly hard to put in words at the moment. The broadcast will be done in front of a small live audience and Showtek Productions, out of Atlanta, has been hired to handle all aspects of the production and broadcast. Showtek has been behind many major national broadcasts such as The Golden Globes, The Kings of Comedy, and Soul Train to name a few. It is very important to us to create something special. Something fans and consumers will talk about for months, long after the event is over. We even have some very special limited releases scheduled to debut the day of the event. While I still believe that nothing can match the physical experience of attending a Great Smoke, I am determined to create an equally special and exciting experience for aficionados all over the country.”
While the current plans are to broadcast the event openly for anyone to watch, a special portal site will be created that will require a password entry only emailed to ticket holders. Through this portal, ticket purchasers can take advantage of very special event offers & have access to the new limited releases. All ticket purchasers will receive an event package prior to the broadcast. This “party in a box” will include 40+ premium cigars, the official TGS event cap and tee, various swag, and specialty items that can be used during the interactive segments of the broadcast. Due to the logistics of packaging and shipping the event pack across the country, there will be a strict limit to the number of tickets sold. Tickets sales for the event are tentatively scheduled to begin November 2nd, Noon EST and can be purchased through the event site www.TheGreatSmoke.com.