What is a Cigar Herf?
The origin of the word has been lost to history, but people agree that it began in the 1990s, on the early examples of online discussion boards. This was before social media, so the only way cigar smokers would be able to find each other and discuss ideas was on these early message boards.
At the time, however, it was a term only used by hardcore aficionados and industry members. With the expansion of the cigar community and the spread of information on the internet, most cigar smokers are now aware of what herfs are and have probably even attended a few.
Where are Cigar Herfs Held?
The beauty of the cigar herf is how casual they can be. Many cigar groups, such as BOTL, will often post on Facebook about a herf at certain cigar bars and lounges with an open invite. However, sometimes individuals will just host a herf in their backyard.
People will fly from across the country to attend certain herfs and the chance to meet certain cigar celebrities. Many times, they will ask ahead of time if anyone has certain limited cigars to trade and they will work out the details before. Other times, the herf can act as a trading market place, where people will bring their stash and see who is interested in trades.
Can I Attend a Cigar Herf?
Usually, cigar herfs are open to anyone. If you see one on in a Facebook group or on a discussion board, it is polite to ask if you can attend if you are a new cigar smoker. The community is very welcoming and a cigar herf is a great way to integrate yourself, learn more, and to make some great friends along the way.