Article by Janine Morra, High! Canada
The Inaugural 710THE6 event happened on a lovely July weekend just before the 710 Holiday. It can best be described as very laid back, mellow, and easy going. What was the 710THE6, it was a Top Shelf Extract Festival and Cup. There was an indoor and outdoor (covered) marketplace. Indica, Sativa and CBD it was all here. You could sample cannabis infused beer. You could buy all sorts of cannabis products, lower, edibles, and topicals. I was pleasantly surprised to see a few vendors with cannabis themed clothing.
Unbelievably beautiful cannabis art and then everything related to extracts. Different companies showcasing their concentrate products and all the hardware to go with it . What kinds of concentrates you ask; kief, hash, distillate, rosin, wax, CO2 oil, budder and of course shatter.
It was a little off the subway line in the Junction area but then that meant there was free parking. It was a great venue for any kind of weather (it’s Toronto you never know….) but the weather Gods were nice and it was a very pleasant weekend. The venue had a sitting area inside and outside with tunes being played all weekend long. Except when they had dabbing competitions at 4:20. It was also wonderful to be able to medicate in the outside seating area with joints if you were not a dabber. There was also a food truck if you needed some edibles that were not medicated.
For the experts and connoisseurs you could buy judging kits with samples of edibles, shatter, wax, solventless, indica, sativa, topicals and more. Plus each kit came with a swag bag filled with treats and samples as an added bonus. There were other events for the judges and VIP’s to attend plus some cool after parties.
You could meet all sorts of interesting people showcasing their love of cannabis thru their products. There was so much to learn and hear about; new cutting edge technology, research, and many thoughts on legalization. At times I felt like I was in a science class there is so much to learn. We are so lucky to have an industry filled with such talent, smarts, enthusiasm and energy. It was amazing how many times you heard the word terpenes as you walked through. It’s events like this that help the average consumer become better informed and educated. Who would’ve known how much the industry has evolved and this was a perfect venue to see how far things have come.
To end it off on the actual 710 Holiday there was an Official 710 Cup After Party at the HOTBOX in Kensington for the Judges and VIP’s. The weather cooperated and the patio was filled with enthusiastic, wonderful members of our community. All just dabbing and toking the night away. Then the party moved inside for a dabbing competition. A good time was had by all, the vendors, organizers, judges and participants.
It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces and new ones. I want to thank the organizers for putting on such a professional event and thanks also go to all the volunteers who helped it run so smoothly. Congrats!