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By October 28, 2016Articles


Santa Rosa, CA – Every year The Emerald Cup adds a little more to the premiere outdoor organic medicinal cannabis competition at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. This year the event will be held from December 10th to 11th, and will include a new award – Regenerative Cannabis Award, activists and artists Alex and Allyson Grey, Damian Marley pre-party on Friday, December 9th and much more!

The Emerald Cup is excited to announce the newly added Regenerative Cannabis Award, and this year the festival is introducing the new award as an honorary award. However, they’ve laid out a three year plan, to implement the changes required for the award’s application process. Adding the regenerative process to organic farming practices will positively transform and revolutionize the festival’s competition. For Tim Blake, founder of The Emerald Cup, “It’s not just about being organic anymore. Regenerative agriculture is exciting. Gone are the days, of stripping and tilling the soil to start over. Introducing and eventually implementing these requirements to The Emerald Cup is the natural progression of growing.”  Regenerative agriculture is an organic farming practice that that uses resources locally available, from manure to mulch, it takes into consideration biological systems, and provides for plant nutrition and crop production, over time farmers see an increases to soil fertility. The practice of regenerative agriculture with organic farming is said to produce healthy soil, clean water, clean air, and the highest quality cannabis from artisanal flowers to the finest extracts.


In addition, this year The Emerald Cup welcomes Alex and Allyson Grey, visionary artists and activists. They will be participating in industry panel discussions, live-painting during the music portion of the festival, and will be engineering a light show. Also new this year, Damian Marley will be hosting a kick-off party on Friday, December 9th. This special kick off party is included in the new Xperience tickets, the general admission ticket for the December 9th event will go on sale later this month. More announcements on what is new to the competition will be announced later this month.

The Emerald Cup, founded by Tim Blake in 2003, is California’s premier outdoor organic medicinal cannabis competition for growing and breeding.  What started as a small passionate 200-person event at Blake’s Area 101 property has blossomed into today’s most prestigious organic cannabis competition that Rolling Stone states “the Emerald Cup honors the best strains of marijuana of the year.”  The two-day event sees over 20,000 attendees partake in industry leading panels, interact with innovative vendors, while immersing themselves in a carefully curated musical experience.


The musical portion of The 13th annual Emerald Cup is produced by Ineffable Live, a division of Ineffable Music Group. This year’s impressive lineup combines the best talent from the progressive reggae community with Stick Figure, Tribal Seeds, and Dirty Heads alongside Jamaican reggae torchbearers Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Kabaka Pyramid, Raging Fyah, and more.  Full artist lineup is listed below.


Now in its 13th year, The Emerald Cup prides itself in bringing together experts and educators in the cannabis field from 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.  More details and tickets can be found at

2016 Full Artist Lineup:

  • Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley
  • Dirty Heads
  • Stick Figure
  • Tribal Seeds
  • California Honeydrops
  • Kabaka Pyramid
  • Hirie
  • Raging Fyah
  • Nattali Rize
  • Vokab Kompany
  • Thrive
  • Arden Park Roots


The 13th Annual Emerald Cup

Dates: Saturday, December 10, 2016 – Sunday December 11, 2016

Time: Doors at 11am PT

Venue: Sonoma County Fairgrounds

Address: 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Admission: Varies // Early Advance ticket prices: $60 (single day), $110 (weekend) , $300 (Emerald Cup Xperience)

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Age restrictions: 18+, 215 Area is 21+


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