Team EDIT are here in the beautiful city of Amsterdam, and as we reported yesterday, the annual High Times Cannabis Cup has suffered a series of setbacks this year: Dutch authorities had warned organisers that event participants faced arrest if the expo went ahead at the city’s Melkweg centre. All yesterday’s seminars were cancelled and are re-scheduled for today, before the final award ceremony this evening.
Naturally, this disappointing turn of events has caused anger and frustration among attendees and exhibitors alike; many have travelled from far and wide at great expense to bring their wares to the masses. However, as we discovered on our travels yesterday; the Cup attendees are determined to make the most of things:
In lieu of the event expo and educational seminars, organisers, High Times, organised a coffee shop crawl, with complementary transport laid on to ferry revellers from venue to venue.
Team EDIT had a wander around and discovered the coffee shops to be busy and the mood was a lot more vibrant than Tuesday. A decent crowd gathered at The Cannabis College later into the evening, where the live DJ set was well appreciated and the conversation and company was wonderful.
The competition climaxes tonight with the award show at the Melkweg and all eyes are now on the judges who are still casting their votes at the Melkveg café-bar. From the many people we have spoken to, the standard of entries is as good as ever. Notable mentions should go to DNA Gentics’ Tangie and Grey Bone – an offering from legendary Amsterdam coffee shop, The Grey Area. The winners are announced tonight from 7pm. EDIT will be there in force to party the night away at the awards ceremony. We’ll also tweet the award winners as they come through.
Bye for now.