It’s the day after the first annual 710 Cup (extract festival/competition) and I’m still lightly medicated after all the dabs I had, eating myself into a food-coma and falling asleep fairly early. I went on Sunday and I’m glad I did because I heard that Saturday was a lot busier (maybe due to other events taking place Sunday). Still, it seemed like all the familiar dabbers (plus new faces) in the community came out to celebrate the 710 festivities. It seemed like a success for both vendors to get exposure and guests to purchase cannabis related products. The 710 Cup judge kits were available for pick up at the market so we’re still awaiting results for which entries won.
The venue was located in a warehouse in the Junction, which was easy to get to for me since I reside in the area. When I got to the entrance I saw vendors lining the gated outdoor space (which was covered so nobody was threatened by any rain), a food truck, as well as porta-potties for guests. Once I turned the corner I saw the entrance to the indoor space that had more vendors, stage, and DJ booth. What I liked about this venue is that there was enough space to have a lot of places to sit and you could smoke a doob without leaving the grounds. It was nice to smoke outside with no guilt, unlike other events that made you feel like a criminal for toking up in public and shamed you to a far corner on the property.
There were about 20 vendors that lined the huge space, great music, complimentary dabs from at least 5 extract companies plus edible samples to try out. You could buy everything from flowers, edibles, concentrates, to cannabis art, topicals and cannabis beer, they had it all. They also had a dabbing competition at 4:20, which I was eager to enter, where contestants received points for doing a dab then answered questions in order to obtain the most points to win a prize. Contestants also got extra points for doing half gram or full gram dabs, to which I opted out for the sake of not increasing my tolerance. They gave away awesome prizes, including two Thermodynamix E-nails, cannabis clothing, stash jars, and edibles. Everyone likes winning free stuff, especially when you have to do a dab for it!
I love events like this because they create a safe/positive space to learn about and purchase cannabis products and also aim to kill the negative stigma that’s associated with cannabis. Since Canada is on the brink of legalization I’m definitely looking forward to next years festivities, when cannabis will be more normalized and accepted, as I only see events like this getting bigger and better!