What is The Emerald Cup?
One of the goals of the Emerald Cup is to promote Northern California as the Medical Marijuana Destination for the best medicinal cannabis in the World while advancing the concept of sustainable, outdoor farming. The area that’s known as the Emerald Triangle besides growing the finest kind bud, is ahead of the curve when it’s comes to what’s good for the body, mind and soul. The Emerald Cup showcases the very finest the area has to offer in locally-made crafts, products, and bleeding-edge technologies. After the rigors of working a long hot summer under the occasionally roar of helicopter blades overhead, The Emerald Cup is a one of kind event that focuses on the local cultivators and farmers coming together as a single community for a night.
Here’s how Tim Blake tells the story:
In 2003, during the fall, a friend of mine and I got to talking about the fact that Mendocino had the best bud on the planet, but no form of acknowledgment or celebration about it. That was when it was still very iffy to be out front about having a public competition. We put out no press, just some last minute posters, word of mouth, and twenty-three entries into the ganja contest came forward.
The crowd was small, with very few even willing to be in the house with their faces seen, much less come forward for their prizes. Still, it was a wild night, everyone had a ball, and other than the inevitable undercover agents, it was pleasantly uneventful.
The next year we took the event more out front, putting up more posters, talking to more people, pushing the envelope. Slowly we crept into the light. Forty-three entries were put up, and the bud was overall much better then the year before, because then growers had begun growing their plants in the full sun.
The show was headlined by the Avalon All-stars, with Vince Welnick sitting in. Bless his heart, it turned out to be his last gig before his unfortunate demise.
By the third annual Emerald Cup competition, we all had medical permits and everyone was growing in the full sun. Marijuana was blooming right into mainstream America. The fourth year we had fifty-one entries, and in 2009 there were ninety-nine, all organic, grown in the sun as God intended. In 2010, we had our banner year of over one hundred and fifty entries. This year with such a stellar First Prize for Medicine being an all-expense paid trip to Jamaica, we’re expecting that will tantalize even the most isolated farmer to enter.
The judging gets harder every year. The medicine is judged on color, smell, Trichomes, crystals, taste, vibrancy, and finally how it changes the consciousness. Entries must be in a month before the Cup so our judges can assess them all.
On Saturday afternoon we have the Cup award ceremony, Person of the Year Tribute, and then, usually we would light the bonfire, fire up the stages and dance all night. This year, we’ve moved to the party at the Mateel Center as we become bigger and better!
It is joy to be a part of this unique event, and we intend to keep doing this into the next millennium. We all have a part in this. Thank you for yours.
Back in 2004, some frieds and I were sitting aroud lamenting the fact that we didn’;t have an opportunity to display our fall harvest of medical cannanbis the way they compare apples and livestock in every county across the United...read more
Check out this article by Rolling Stone about the Emerald Cup. In 2003, during the fall, a friend of mine and I got to talking about the fact that Mendocino had the best bud on the planet, but no form of acknowledgment or celebration about it. That was when it was still very iffy to be out front about having a public competition. We put out no press, just some last minute posters, word of mouth, and twenty-three entries into the ganja contest came...read more