Famous Smoke Shop’s Cigarnival 2013

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending Famous Smoke Shop‘s Cigarnival in Easton, PA. About an hour and a half drive from home.  I have visited this location before and the store and restaurant there are quite nice and the building that houses the entire operation is massive.  They have plenty of space outside to erect a huge main tent, two large tents and several small tents.  This was quite an enormous undertaking.   Apparently the way it worked was that attendees chose from several levels of packages which determined when they were to arrive.  This resulted in two waves of attendees. The venders were arranged in the two smaller tents and attendees lined up to go through and meet the reps and manufacturers and collect their cigars.  After the first wave lunch was served and after the second wave there was dinner, followed by raffle drawings.  Throughout the day there were interviews by Tommy Z with all of the cigar makers, and there were specials in the store all day long, as well as various deals, t-shirts, etc. in some of the small tents.  Saturday at the peak I think there were probably 1500 people in attendance.  In addition to the live music and interviews, Drew Estate sponsored a casino in the rear of the main tent, and there were four VIP rooms at the back of the tent, each sponsored by a company and each having a bar and comfy seating. There was quite a lengthy portion of the event in the evening which involved drawing raffle tickets and giving away prizes.  There was an amazing array of prizes from boxes of cigars to iPads, TVs and Playstations.  It was quite an event and well run. There were some water fights among cigar manufacturers and I’m pretty sure I saw Rocky Patel cheating in the Casino :-), as well as other craziness. The shindig was planned to go until midnight, but I split about 8 to get home at a reasonable hour (I’m old, I can’t hang). I haven’t been to an event like this before, and I’m not sure it’s really my personal cup of tea, but I’m certainly not your typical consumer and I’m no fan of crowds. However  I enjoyed this event and it was great seeing many friends, and meeting some new ones. 


One of the highlights for me was meeting Storm Boen, who started the C.A.T.S. (Cigar Aficionados Trades and Sales) Group on Facebook, and  was instrumental in creating Operation: Cigars for Warriors, a group of folks who send cigars to the troops.  I had a chance to talk with Storm in a conference room away from the craziness of the event, and captured it on video.


Some of Storm’s claims about me are surely exaggerated and I firmly believe that he’s mistaken me for someone else. 🙂 I have a great deal of respect for everything Storm does and encourage everyone to give him a hand if you are able.  Storm was one of the people I had wanted to meet and his being there helped me decide to attend the event in the first place.

Here are some more photos from the event.  Thank you to Jonathan, Travis, Tommy, Gary, Arthur and the staff of Famous for their hard work and hospitality.  This was a very well run event.  Keep an eye out for other coverage of the event on CigarAdvisor.com, StogieReview.com, ACigarSmoker.com and CigarNews.com.  I smoked a few cigars at the event, a cigar I’m not allowed to talk about from Ricky Rodriquez at CAO, which was awesome, one of my own Cigar Safari blends which is coming along nicely, and an Undercrown Corona Viva, which is becoming a favorite. I’m looking forward to trying the newly released La Gloria Cubana Gilded Age which is a Famous Smoke Shop exclusive.

Eddie Ortega (and Peter from ACigarsmoker.com)

Ricky Rodriguez

Jack and Charlie Toraño

Matt Booth, Tom Lazuka and Tim Person from Altadis involved in a water battle

Tim Person

Michael Giannini launched a Famous Smoke Exclusive La Gloria Cubana, The Gilded Age.


Oliver Hyams (Gurkha) and Jack Toraño (Toraño). Who can tell me the connection between these two gentlemen?

Jonathan Drew and Tommy Z-Man


That’s it for now!  Until the next time,






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7 Responses to Famous Smoke Shop’s Cigarnival 2013

  1. George Satterfield


    Thanks for your great update on “Cigarnaval” I wish I live even as close as you do to some of these events. We used to have a Seattle Cigar Expo here in the PNW but for some reason be it lack of participation or Govt policies on smoking in public it has not happened in the last 2 years. We here in the satate of Wa are so controlled by the state and the anti smoking laws are so ludicrous that about ten years ago when the federal smoking ban in public went into affect the state also made it illegal to smoke in any public buildings. So the affect on that has been a huge reduced number in cigar shops because people just quit going because of the laws. There are some private that cater to the people that can afford their fees and a couple of really nice lounges in some casinos. I would love to be able to attend one of these events but just can’t. I’m glad you had a great time and got to meet Stormy. He is a great man although very modest. I have known him since he was a baby in this whole cigar world and he is a great person.

    Thank you once again for your great page, of all the cigar reviews I receive I always read yours to the end. I think we need a contest Craig.

    Have a great day sir and I’ll be talking to you soon..


  2. Agent 86

    That looks like an incredible event. I love seeing pics of people I know about in the industry having fun and being themselves.

  3. Jscott

    Maybe someday I’ll be able to attend. Until then, it’s fun going vicariously through you Craig!

  4. CigarNanny

    I think it’s amazing and commendable how many in the cigar manufacturing industry show up at this event considering that it’s two weeks prior to the IPCPR convention in Las Vegas. This is their busiest time of year, yet they still make time for the customers/fans/supporters.


  5. This was an incredible Festival. Famous Smokes rolled out the red carpet for Op: Cigars For Warriors. So many great folks there. All the manufactures got behind Op:CFW and donated a large amount of Raffle items. Drew Estates Casino night was phenomenal, ton of fun!!! It was an honor to finally meet Craig face to Face, he has been a long time mentor to me in all things Cigars. Craig is a class act, as is seen by his outstanding blog. I feel blessed to how found Craig’s blog early on in my Cigar Journey. Thanks for the great interview brother!!!

  6. La Gloria Cubana Gilded Age Cigars are some of the best!

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