The time has come and honestly I really can’t believe it is already here. Tickets will go on sale for The Great Smoke 2024 today on November 1st, NOON EST!!
Last Year VIP Tickets sold out in 24 hours and I expect no different this year. Unfortunately, there is only a limited amount of space for the VIP section but believe me when I tell you, General Admission is really no less of an experience! Sure, there are some perks for the VIPs, but we continue to work hard every year to go over the top and make such a spectacular event, that regardless of which ticket you obtain, I promise you an unforgettable experience! Now while all the information you need can be found at www.theGreatSmoke.com, I thought I would take the time to inform you of some notable changes.
First and foremost, THERE WILL BE NO CIGAR TICKETS this year! We will be trying this for the first time in 18 years in the effort of creating a better experience for all. No more pulling tickets and spending 45-60 minutes in a meandering line to obtain your event cigars. This year you will receive ALL your event cigars AND TGS swag in ONE self-contained box upon check in! This same package will ship to all virtual attendees as well. This will hopefully give everyone more time to enjoy, explore, and converse with their favorite manufacturers.
Last year we had the first ever TGS Tailgate Party prior to entry and The Distinguished Ruffians will return to host it again in 2024 promising it to be even bigger and better!
This year we add another NEW EVENT. On Thursday February 22nd, there will be a 6 flight Private Tasting by Elijah Craig hosted by Terence Reilley and paired with Aganorsa cigars! There will be some rare and allocated offerings and for more information please visit The Great Smoke Website. This will be a ticketed event LIMITED TO ONLY 40 PEOPLE so don’t waste time in grabbing your ticket if this experience is right up your alley!
For those attending LIVE in 2024 we offered hotel group rates at THREE different locations. The Marriot Courtyard has sold out but there is still availability at the Hampton Inn & Suites and a Second Block has been made available at the economical La Quinta. If you are still in need of housing during your stay you may want to check availability and rates here…
Finally, we are very excited with our TGS Limited releases this year. Fan Favorite Steve Saka will once again return will a very special concoction available to TGS ticket holders that we are all confident will once again be a crowd pleaser. Included in the spotlight in 2024 will be Drew Estate and J.C. Newman. Over the years Smoke Inn has had multiple exclusive releases with Drew Estate and the expectations for the very special TGS release are high! This will be the very first time that Smoke Inn has worked with J.C. Newman on a very special exclusive release. As a company J.C. Newman has done extremely few of these types of projects and with J.C. Newman’s long history of producing some of the most sought after cigars, this project has all of us brimming with excitement.
Please mark your calendars for November 1st, NOON EST. Without a doubt there are some limited available ticketed items that will sell out fast. Also, if you haven’t done so already, head over to the TGS website and subscribe there for TGS updates, there will be new information continuously ahead.
That’s all for now. I have to get back to all the prep and planning for The Great Smoke 2024 – the Year of the Dragon!
Honest Abe Dababneh