There was a lot of speculation and curiosity leading up to The Canna Cup this past weekend. The only thing really known about the event was that rapper, Fatboy SSE, was advertised as the headlining performer for the Sunday concert. This lack of information isn’t that uncommon for events in the cannabis community currently, as an attempt to avoid police attendance. The event’s location was finally revealed the morning of, over Instagram, much to the relief of many attendees who had been inquiring. This was one of the first signs there may be some issues with the event.
Following the location announcement, there was an Instagram post announcing the start time would be pushed back from noon to 1:30pm with delays on getting the three large tents up. When I arrived the grounds were busy with people walking around. The venue was Parkshore Golf Course in Brampton, which provided a vast area for The Canna Cup. There were three large circus tents chained together to house the vendors and DJ equipment. Security was set up outside, checking backpacks and frisking people before they entered.
When entering the vendor tents and taking a first look around, you see the almost 50 vendors spread through the tents. The next thing I noticed was that the weather wasn’t on the side of the event, it rained the day before the event leaving the ground soaked. Luckily for the vendors, solid plastic tiles were set up for them to keep their feet dry.
With all the various vendors, there was a lot to check out including edibles, concentrates, lots of cannabis buds, genetics, clothing lines and vaporizers. We did a quick walk through to get an overview before going back and following up. The first people that popped out at us were Pure 710, handing out sample gummies to everyone as they entered the tents. Fritz’s Cannabis Company was also there with lots of edibles and some samples. As for concentrates, there were many stations giving out dabs. Though I found myself loosing interest in waiting in the lines and wandering off to check out more booths.
To my surprise there were a lot of vendors with cannabis buds available and others just representing their brand without any products other than merchandise to vend. I had the pleasure of chatting with the Elite 613 Genetics guys, who had Exotic Genetix, Thug Pug, Oni Seed Co. and more cannabis seeds available. They also had bud, rosin, live resin and pre-rolled joints on hand.
As we continued our way through the vendors we stopped by the refreshment booth that sold water, pop, beer and wine. There was also a small DJ booth set up with DJ/MC entertaining the audience. I thought the organizers did a great job with the vendor market place, fitting a lot of vendors within, without it being cramped. It was also nice to have music and an MC (that wasn’t over powering) as you wander around making it more entertaining.
On our way out from the first day, we saw a police car talking to some people attending the event in the parking lot. The next morning on Instagram The Canna Cup announced that they had confirmed police search and seizures were taking place, but without any confirmed arrests. They decided to shut down the vendor market place completely for the second day and relocate the awards ceremony & concert to a new location.
The concert went off without any further issues. As a result of the second day of the vendor market being cancelled and issues with the judges kits, judges were given a few extra day to complete the judging. The winners will be posted on The Canna Cup website once everything is finalized. Overall there could definitely have been some improvements on the execution of the event, but luckily they were able to find a back up location for the concert. Hopefully if the event happens next year, it will go a lot smoother.