Who we are
Our Mission and Vision
The vision of Queen City Cigar Festival is to provide superior quality and service to the cigar community in conjunction with our vending partners and dedicated supporters. We strive to be the premier cigar event in the nation with pride and enthusiasm while bringing attention and cigar enthusiasts to the city of Charlotte. It is with the utmost satisfaction that we provide attendees with a comfortable atmosphere, top-tier education on the rich history and culture, social and networking opportunities, and a wide variety of fine cigars, cigar vendors, and cigar lounges while enriching the local economy
Our mission is to preserve cigar culture’s beauty, diversity, and honor while adding to its fine legacy through social engineering and cigar education. By bringing cigar enthusiasts together from all walks of life, we connect great people with great cigars to create lasting memories.
Elegant Plume Founder and CEO
Elegant Plume is a co-founder of the Queen City Cigar Fest, a cigar podcaster, event host, cigar model, and social media influencer. She is also the founder and admin of the Facebook group Cigar Cut Up, which currently has over 4,000 members and a collective following of over 24k followers. Her first cigar was a Acid Blondie in 2015 that was given to her at Havana Phils in Greensboro, NC.
She has been enjoying cigars for seven years and has invested in spreading education throughout the cigar community. She released two cigar publications in the form of calendars in 2018 and again in 2019. She has a cigar apparel line for brothers and sisters of the leaf.
She has partnered and collaborated with Espinosa cigars, Protocol cigars, Cubanacan cigars, Arbano cigars, Cask Cartel, Life N Times cigar lounge, and Prime Montecristo cigar lounge, among others. Additional projects are underway as she continues to network, make a positive deposit into the cigar culture, and improve the industry.
Tyson McGlown Organizer
Tyson McGlown has a long history in the music business as a Road Manager and Promoter for club and concert promotion. He started in 2004 in Raleigh, NC to 2014 in Charlotte, NC. He was the Road Manager for Chrisette Michelle And Dipset and did concerts for DMX, New Edition, Rick Ross, Smokey Robinson, Patti LaBelle, O-Jays, Charlie Wilson, Kanye West, Ricki Smiley, Anthony Hamilton and more all over North and South Carolina. He is an avid cigar enthusiats (First Cigar was a Cohiba given to him by Jay Z in 2005). He is a vital piece to the team in providing a memorable experience for cigar lovers all over the nation in enjoying Queen City Cigar Fest.
He joined the team during the inception of QCCF 2021 as an Ambassador and is now an Organizer.
( Left to right: Natasha, LaShaun, Tyson, Elegant Plume, Manny, T, Zack. not pictured, Sway and Trina)