|TomTom from Tomatoes to Tomatillos|
We are looking forward to doing this again next year!
We went to the cigar bash with our friends from Austin - the folks over at Tomatoes to Tomatillos, and we joined up with other friends from the Cigar Club of San Antonio, which meets at the Finck's West Avenue store. They are a great bunch of guys, and we enjoy their company.
Where to start? We had an amazing time and cannot wait for next year's Cigar bash. It is rare I enjoy spending time in a crowded room with that many people all talking at once. However the folks that gather around Finck's events tend to be good, salt of the earth type folks that even if you don't see eye to eye with them, you don't seem to have any trouble kicking back and agreeing to disagree while smoking some of Finck's fine cigars.
|Cigar Rolling Demonstration from Finck's|
Pedrotti's North Wind Ranch was nice, but definitely decorated like a ranch for people to enjoy who have never seen a ranch before. It was fun and hokey and cute, and a great place to hang out and have fun. If you are looking for somewhere to have a party in San Antonio, I highly recommend it.
Pedrotti was kind enough to give Finck's a discount on the site rental, and since the event was for charity let us smoke inside, which was nice because it was kind of hot outside.
It took us a bit to figure out where to go, really it would be my biggest suggestion for next year - if it is at a big place with more than one entrance, have a few more signs with directions.
There was a sea of people, everyone seemed to be having a good time. We were hungry, so we went to get some food, bopping to the music that Fuego was jamming to.
The food was a great variety - chicken tacos, beef tacos (not really my thing), chicken wings that were rather tasty, some VERY good brisket sandwiches (sorry Thomas...), and different crudities and cheeses. There was a good variety of interesting desserts. I want to find out who catered for them, the range and variety made for a buffet of food almost anyone could enjoy. There was water, iced tea, beer and wine for the guests as well as a cash bar. I enjoyed the margarita I had from the bar - very well mixed, and it went very well with my cigar.
The Cigar Reps:
|Thomas talking to the rep from Miami Cigars|
There were a lot of great deals, most at 25% off. I might have bought more, but many of the cigars I haven't tried yet, and rarely buy a full box. Miami Cigars was there with their LaSirena - our favorite, but we just bought a box.
I didn't want to try a lot of my new cigars because there were so many people smoking I was afraid of missing out on the full flavor of them. I ended up being tempted by a 5pk sampler from Fuente, it featured a barber pole Short Story, an Opus X, and some different types of Gran Reserva. At Xikar, I grabbed a new punch, because the two-piece punches I bought all keep losing a piece. Finally Casa Magna had a 3pack of Sanchos of their Colorado blend, and Thomas thought I would like those a whole bunch. It came in a nice tin that will hold my new punch and lighter well, and they are just the right size for a short smoke break.
|Imperiales - tasty, but a light draw...|
As the night went on we had a great time with all of our friends, talking and chatting and smoking cigars.
|Thanking the volunteers|
In summary, if you have a chance to go next year, take it. This event is more than worth the money, and all proceeds go to charity, because that is how they roll.
Thank you Finck's. You honor your community and your country in the way you give back.
The Texas Cigar Bash was wonderful! I've never been to an event like this before so didn't know what to expect. I've been to customer appreciation event's thrown by the Finck's before though and knew it was going to be "Top Shelf" all the way. I wasn't disappointed at all.
When ticket sales started Val got us tickets for My Birthday. We had tickets 17, 18, and 19. I cornered Rosemary at the store and expressed a concern about the catering. (I have a beef and seafood allergy and it is hard for me to get good food at big events in Texas because they always have one or the other.) She addressed my concern up front and Emily e-mailed Val when the menu was set to assure us that there would be foodage available for me.
That is the kind of care that the Finck Family shows their regulars.
Getting the the Ranch was easy and parking was surprisingly easy. After a minor misdirection and winding up at a Lion's Club Luncheon we got to the Cigar Bash side of things. Check-in went smooth. Upon arrival we each got a rockin' Cigar Bash duffel with the cigars, a magazine, the Xicar lighter, and other stuff in them. It was a little overwhelming to walk into the main room and the sea of humanity that was there. It was like a Gun Show, but for cigars. We checked in with Dad and then went to check out all the Vendors there.
All of these folks were selling their wares at great prices. Next year I'll budget to buy more. All of them had some great swag for box purchases and such.
After wandering around and chatting with folks we decided to hit the food room. There were a couple good looking cheese tables and salad bars with a Brisket/BBQ cart and taco bar. Everything was very tasty (Chicken tacos, Caesar salad, hot wings and bean & cheese quesodillas) and the dessert table was overloaded with all kinds of good stuff. The air of casual friendliness was very cool here. Folks asked to join our table and we all chatted like friends and we said our goodbyes.
|Thomas with his Oliva Serie O - he gives it 2 thumbs up.|
After hanging out and noshing we went back to the main room.
There were multiple drawing for some great door-prizes.
The Band Fuego rocked the house.
While there I smoked the Oliva Serie O from my duffel of smokiness. Nice full flavored stick with hints of spice. I tried Val's Imperiales. Very nice and tasty but with a very light draw.
|Finck's and Fisher house Director|
Thank You to all the folks at Finck's for a great time and all that you continue to do for our community.