May 2018 – Celebrating the bond of fatherhood and friendship, Ventura Cigar Company is partnering with key tobacconists and smoke shops across the nation for Fathers, Friends, and Fire, a series of events aimed at sharing stories, experiences, and the love of premium cigars and pipe tobacco.

Ventura Cigar Company has announced it will launch a series of retail events in June known as Fathers, Friends, and Fire. The events will feature Ventura Cigar Company General Manager Michael Giannini as well as 4th Generation Tobacconist Erik Stokkebye. While the events will feature the opportunity to meet and take a photo with Giannini or Stokkebye and also the opportunity to get exclusive event swag, including an exclusive event-only limited edition created by industry legend Omar Ortez and his daughter Indiana known as the Father-Daughter blend.

The Father-Daughter blend was created at the Ortez family’s Agroindustrial Nicaraguense de Tabaco factory. The blend features an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, a Nicaraguan binder, and a Nicaraguan filler. The cigars will be packaged in two-cigar coffin boxes. These cigars will only be available at the Fathers, Friends, and Fire events taking place in June and not available for individual sale.

“I was really excited to collaborate with Indiana and her father on this project,” says Benjamin Winokur, brand manager for Ventura Cigar Company in a press release. “The Fathers, Friends, and Fire event series means a lot to me personally, as my father was the one who got me into cigars. To have the opportunity to share Indiana’s story, alongside the cigar she created with her father for these events is very special.”

“There’s nothing quite like a gathering of good friends and family,” added Giannini. “There’s a satisfying happiness found in sharing experiences and stories of the past and present. Our events are aimed at bringing people together, away from their busy lives, to enjoy- really enjoy- each other’s company. Erik and I are looking forward to traveling about the country, hearing stories and sharing smokes with our tobacconists and their guests.”

For the pipe exclusive events, attendees will receive an exclusive pipe cleaner holder, autographed by Stokkebye.

“We’re offering fans of Ventura Cigar Company brands a real treat,” says Jason Carignan, CMO of Kretek, parent company of Ventura Cigar Company. “Fathers, Friends, and Fire is giving people the opportunity to share a smoke and a story with industry legends, Michael Giannini and Erik Stokkebye, and to also spend time with their loved ones, be they friends or family. We’re pleased to partner with our retailers to pay homage to the bonds of fatherhood and friendship, and the shared enjoyment of premium cigars and pipe tobacco.”

Tickets for the event are limited and are available at participating tobacconists and smoke shops. The cost of each ticket will be $10.00. Event dates and locations will be available on the company’s Facebook page.