Heads up High Times Cannabis Cup, it’s time to roll over and accept the fact that your THC rich event may no longer be the gold standard for marijuana aficionados within the industry – particularly for those skilled cultivators in northern California who prefer their flower to be grown outdoors … and fed with organic nutrients.
Highlighting some of the newest and best strains of organically grown marijuana in North America, The Emerald Cup (a.k.a. The E-Cup), Northern California’s celebration of all things cannabis, fired up this past weekend in Santa Rosa, California. With its largest attendance ever showing up on Sunday, the E-Cup packed its two-day celebration of organically grown marijuana at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds.
Despite this year’s $250 entrance fee, meant to cover the cost of testing the many samples for pesticides, fungicides and other harmful chemicals, the sweet two-day event drew more than 21,000 visitors to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, according to online reports. Growing leaps and bounds from last year’s crowd of 13,000, and blasting past 2013’s attendance of 7,000, the seedling for the E Cup was initially planted in Mendocino County over 12 years ago.
Originally held outside, this once mud covered and saturated event was relocated to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds after 2012 – helping the event to triple its overall attendance. Well-liked among the many growers that call the “Emerald Triangle” home, the Emerald cup originally started as a local competition between cultivators in Northern California’s Mendocino, Humboldt and Trinity counties.
The event’s initial intention was straightforward and critical; to enlighten the cannabis community about the virtues of Sun grown, organically fed, marijuana. As such, the E-Cup is not only a contest that selects merely the best strains in their respective category, but rather a gathering of the Tribes for Northern California’s many cultivators and 420 aficionados.
This year, Jackson Zenter’s “Cherry Limeaid” left the competition in a cloud of smoke. Beating out the competition from NorCal, who threw 477 strains at the E Cup judges, the wining strain earned Jackson a round-trip ticket for two to the birthplace of Bob Marley – Jamaica.
According to the E-Cup organizer, he’s already confirmed next year’s date for the event the Sonoma County Fairgrounds.
(Photo courtesy of FB/The Emerald Cup)
In the below video “Uncle Stoner” explains the criteria and takes you for a quick tour around the 2015 Emerald cup — Enjoy.
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