Last month, I had the opportunity to cover The 10th Anniversary Emerald Cup in Sonoma County, California. Shout out to my friends Cheri Sicard and Jeff for making the journey and helping me to go! The Emerald Cup is in Northern California and it is the largest outdoor organic growers competition that goes down annually. We ventured up from Los Angeles by car. I always love getting to see various parts of California and I am convinced that I live in the most beautiful state in the country.
There were tons of vendors both inside/outside of the medicating area. We met with a ton of friendly and supportive vendors. I got the chance to work with Canna Cruz Gardens and the NORML Women's alliance on their booths. Prop 215 creator Dennis Peron married his longtime partner John at the Cup. The ceremony was MC’d by legendary civil rights lawyer Tony Serra, who told cheering crowds their movement was on the rise.
There were over 130 strains entered into the competition, with an outdoor grower of DNA Genetics’ Lemon Skunk from Monterey, CA. taking first place. Second place went to Cherry Cola from Sonoma County Collective. Judges gave third place to Mendocino’s Mean Gene for his Cherry Limeade.
Saturday night was laced with amazing performances from J BOOG, Rebelution and Thrive. I always love it when I hear new music that I end up loving the vibe of and that was certainly the case here. The panel list was impressive and it included industry leaders like Dr. Donald Abrams, Steve DeAngelo, DJ Short, Ken Estes, Martin Lee, Kyndra Miller, Brave Mykayla and many more.
1 – Darin’s Lemon Skunk – DNA Lemon Skunk Clone
2 – Sonoma County Collective Cherry Cola – Cherry Cola Clone
3 – Mean Gene Cherry Limeade – Jigga’s GSC X NorCal Black Lime
4 – Aficionado Seeds Royal Sour (SD x Purple Kush x Highland Afgani) – from seed
5 – Kirt’s Larry OG
6 – Heidi’s Girl Scout Cookie (O.G. x Durban X F1)
7 – Emerald Triangle Seeds’ Atomica OG (Haze x Blueberry x Urkle x TW x OG)
8 – Stoney Creek Libations’ Sour Strawberry (Sour Bubble x Strawberry Cough x SD)
9 – Sherbet – Clone
10 – Fuzzy Sugaree (SK5 x Blue Widow x KC36)
This event happened in Mid-December 2013. One of my new years resolutions is to get these wrap up posts out the week after the event. I promise I will do that and follow through with commitments this year and into the future. In the meantime, enjoy the rest of the pics we got.