Smokey Butts and I made a trip to Smoklahoma 2017 on May 6th, 2017 in Oklahoma City, OK. This was our first visit to Smoklahoma and for fun, we brought our Dad, Old Stogie. Old Stogie is retired and is now a professional cigar smoker. This event was a single evening and we had a great time. Our review with photos and a video are below. I know, we are way late in publishing this post but what the heck, you have eight months before the next Smoklahoma!
Smoklahoma 2017 was hosted by ZT Cigars. ZT Cigars has two locations in Oklahoma, one in Oklahoma City and one in Yukon.
There were two levels of tickets, General Admission and VIP.
General Admission Tickets
General admission tickets cost $150 and included:
- Event attendance from 7:00 – 10:30 pm
- Host bar
- Spirit tastings
- Commemorative bag of cigars from participating vendors
VIP tickets cost $225 and included:
- 30-minute early admission, 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
- Private VIP lounge
- Commemorative S.T. Dupont MiniJet Lighter ($180 value)
- Premium host bar
- Premium spirit tastings
- Specialty foods
- Plus all amenities of General Admission
There were also Companion tickets that did not include cigars but who cares about them? Moving on!
General Admission and VIP attendees received a commemorative bag of cigars from participating vendors. We received approximately 40 premium cigars. So, let’s run the math 40 times an average of $7.50 a cigar equals $300 in cigars (40 x 7.50 = 300). Damn, sounds like one hell of a bargain with either ticket. Everyone received cigars from Fratello Cigars, Arturo Fuente, Drew Estate, La Flor Dominicana, Perdomo, La Aurora, Nub Cigar, Oliva Cigar Family, Davidoff, and many more. Attendees received a booklet with coupons and
Food and Drink
Wow is all I can say! Of all the cigar events I’ve been to, Smoklahoma had the best food. There were two caterers providing hungry cigar smokers with tons of great food. Ned’s Catering provided sliders, BBQ, cheeses and other hand food. The other caterer provided phenomenal deserts. Unfortunately, my photo of the desert caterer’s name was blurred and I can’t remember the name of the caterer. Fudge! Actually, they had fudge and chocolate covered strawberries.
Several craft distilleries provided samples and the event had an open bar with the usual selection of cocktails and beers.
Entertainment for the evening consisted of a raffle at the end of the event. The raffle included cigars, cigar swag, and signed memorabilia.
Smoklahoma 2017 took place at The Criterion in downtown Oklahoma City. The Criterion opened in early 2016 as a concert venue that holds up to 4,000 people. The Criterion is a perfect place for a cigar event including high ceilings, tons of space, a bar, and plenty of free parking outside. VIP attendees had a private area located on the stage with their own private bar and food. General Admission attendees were seated in the center of the venue with food around the seating area. The cigar vendors were located in a large circle around the venue, each with their own booth.
Although Smokey and I could only attend the main event, there was an After Party event. The After Party was sponsored by OMERTA Cigar Company and took place at Slaughter’s Hall in Oklahoma City.
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