Emerald Cup 2016

“The Emerald Cup is one gathering that all cannabis enthusiasts should plan to attend…It is obvious why cannabis enthusiasts return to The Emerald Cup year after year. It was an experience like no other…”               – Vegas Cannabis Magazine

The Emerald Cup is Northern California’s premier destination for medicinal marijuana, while advancing the concept of sustainable, outdoor farming. Its reputation is firmly solidified as the largest, most respected, organic, outdoor, medicinal cannabis competition in the world. As a group, The Emerald Cup prides itself in bringing together experts and educators in the cannabis field to our fellow farmers, patients, and patrons each year. It is a community celebration that has grown to become a global movement honoring the year’s finest, organic, sun-grown, medicinal cannabis harvest.

Rolling Stone called it “the Academy Awards of the cannabis industry,” other accolades include; “epic marijuana festival in Wine Country– SF Gate, Smell The Truth, “best weed fest in the West-or any other direction– North Bay Bohemian, “refreshing…Home To Top-shelf…Everything – Medical Jane.

From its small beginnings in Laytonville over a decade ago, The Emerald Cup has proven itself to be “The Definitive Cup for the Fall Harvest.” The Emerald Cup has transformed into not only a competition of the best-grown organic, outdoor cannabis, but just as importantly, into an international educational forum for the most up to date issues in cannabis culture.

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Tim Blake, Founder & Producer and daughter Taylor Blake, Associate Producer

Founded by Tim Blake in 2003 at Area 101, the Emerald Cup celebrates the community and hard work of those that support outdoor-grown, organic cannabis.

The Emerald Cup brings the values of the Emerald Triangle to California and the world.  Now hosted at Sonoma County Fairgrounds, the Emerald Cup has grown from a few hundred to ten thousand attendees.

The Emerald Cup sets the standard for the best cannabis strains, seeds, edibles and topicles.  As a world renowned competition, the Cup sets California’s top growers head to head as our experienced judges new and old put their work to the test.
Emerald Cup 2016
The Emerald Cup has grown so much in size over the past 13 years in great part due to the exponential amount of entries received each year. This event was started as a friendly competition to highlight the hard work of outdoor organic cannabis farmers; it has always been about celebrating the passion of California’s best cultivators, breeders, artisan hash makers, edibles creators, and topicals makers.


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.

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.

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.


Tim Blake

For more information on contest rules, regulations, and drop off locations, please visit the website: http://TheEmeraldCup.com/