– 108 Emerald Cup Competition Judges comprised of industry leaders and tastemakers have been hand-selected to critique and select the best of the best in cannabis for the 2023 Emerald Cup Awards in Hollywood
– Emerald Cup Harvest Ball announces 10 Small Farms that will be awarded a booth space and receive a grant to participate in the 2022 Small Farms Initiative program at the 2022 Harvest Ball in Santa Rosa
As the Emerald Cup gears up for the highly anticipated 2022 Harvest Ball this December, the organizers are proud to announce the 10 craft and heirloom cannabis farms that will be participating in the 2022 Harvest Ball Small Farms Initiative. California state-licensed Mixed Light and Outdoor farms with a canopy of 10,000 sq. ft. or less were able to apply for this opportunity, providing dozens of craft cannabis brands with access to the Emerald Cup’s engaged audience of California cannabis connoisseurs and more.
“We are so excited to bring back this opportunity to the 2022 Emerald Cup Harvest Ball as we continue to celebrate and support the small farmers that are the heart and soul of the cannabis community,” says Associate Producer of the Emerald Cup, Taylor Blake. “We received 101 applications to be a part of this year’s Small Farms Initiative which is 29 more than what we received last year, so this increase – in a year like we are in – feels significant and meaningful. This initiative has continued to connect small sungrown and mixed light cultivators across California and is giving hope in a time that it is really needed.”
2022 HARVEST BALL SMALL FARMS INITIATIVE PARTICIPANTS:
Selected Small Farms and Heirloom Cannabis Farmers:
These 8 Farms have been awarded discounted booths in the Craft Cannabis Marketplace at the 2022 Emerald Cup Harvest Ball:
Gold Ridge Cannabis
Empowered by Emerald Cup founder Tim Blake, the Small Farms Council includes Michael Katz of the Mendocino Cannabis Alliance, Genine Coleman of Origins Council, Chris Anderson of Redwood Roots Distribution, Nicholas Smilgys of Mendocino Cannabis Distribution, Traci Pellar of the Mendocino Producers Guild and Brandy Moulton of Sovereign 707. The council worked with the Emerald Cup to evaluate license distribution among Northern California’s heritage cannabis-producing counties with active ordinances, allocating a proportional number of participants to each county.
THE EMERALD CUP JUDGES TABLE IS A “WHO’S WHO OF CANNABIS”
Emerald Cup is excited to announce the all-star lineup of 108 industry leaders, celebrities, tastemakers, and media personalities selected to judge the 2023 Emerald Cup Awards Competition. A landmark year, The Emerald Cup combed through over 450 Judge Competition applications – the most they’ve ever received for the annual Cup. The heavy task of judge’s table management is a full-time job under the leadership of Taylor Blake – daughter of EC founder Tim Blake – and competition director Victoria Shea, who manages the trusted network of knowledge and taste, allowing judges to make their selections based on specific criteria including the strength, aroma, flavor, and effect. Once again, the legendary smoke-sesh for the flower, solventless & solvent concentrate, and pre-rolls categories are leveraging their Emerald Cup Terpene Categorization System created by Dr. Mark Lewis and SC Labs (www.sclabs.com).
The full 2023 Emerald Cup Judges lineup is available HERE.
The Emerald Cup Harvest Ball in Santa Rosa serves as both a celebration of the year in the rearview mirror as well as the kick-off celebration of the road to the 19th Annual Emerald Cup Awards in Los Angeles 2023 with hundreds of hopeful entries starting to pour in beginning at the Harvest Ball.