While Jerry and I were doing our thing at IPCPR (read: wandering around the convention center floor), we bumped into Colin Ganley of the European Cigar Cult Journal. We talked for a bit and he was kind enough to extend us an invitation to the ECCJ Awards.
The awards were being held in the Hilton Hotel, which is in the building next to the Convention Center. With the event so close, we planned on putting a full day in on the convention center floor then heading over to the Hilton, as the floor closed, to arrive a few minutes before things got underway.
As expected, we arrived before the doors opened and bumped into Bob and Dale from Dog Watch Cigar Radio. We got to talking and learned that they were presenting one of the awards for the evening. As we were talking, Colin joined us for a moment of conversation before inviting us in for a cigar and a beverage.
Brian and I took out places at a table off towards the far side of the room where we were shortly joined by Dion Giolito of Illusione Cigars. We were just shooting the breeze with Dion and he made mention of being a little nervous with all of the rock stars of the industry in attendance. While I was a little nervous before, that managed to make me even more aware of the people who were entering the room.
As the room began to fill, the drinks began to flow, cigar smoke began to fill the air, and the band began to play. The mood was casual and made for a very nice end to a long day on the convention center floor. Once everyone was comfortable, the awards got underway.
- Dominican Republic: Don Carlos Edicion de Aniversario Double Robusto
- Honduras: Illusione ~hl~ (Holy Lance)
- Nicaragua: Padron 1926 Serie No. 9 Maduro
- Dominican Republic: Don Diego Anniversario
- Honduras: Don Thomas Classico
- Nicragua: Padron Series
- Rolando Reyes Sr.
Photos from the Awards Ceremony
On a side note:
I was asked by a reader if the ECCJ Awards were going to be a permanent addition to the IPCPR Trade show. I passed the question along to Colin and was informed that that decision has not been made as of yet. There will be another Ceremony held in Germany to honer the brands within the European market. Award categories and countries will remain the same with the addition of Cuba.