The twentieth anniversary of Hempfest will go down as one of the very best I have witnessed to date. The crowds, the music, the breath of vendors and the food (what kind of Hempfest would it be without the food) all were large and in charge. My kind of place.
I remember the first few Hempfest’s as more of a protest than fest, while the politics are part of todays venue the large group of vendors seem to get in the way. Most people are there for the shopping and just to say we were there in 2011. It seems the politics are just a way to make one’s self feel better about openly displaying our use of the hemp product. But on the other hand the reason this protest must happen is so we can change the world for the millions of medical cannabis patients. Hempfest is still a good thing.
I could not believe the number of food vendors this year and I am not talking about the regular guys like corn and ice cream, I’m talking about the Cannabis Cuisine vendors. They have grown big time. Last year there were more brownie pushers than legitimate cannabis cuisine vendors, and while still few in number they all were far more willing to show their product to those whom carried a green card.
In the last few years the green cross businesses have grown in numbers and so have the products produced using cannabis. Medical cannabis users prefer consuming the medication because it controls their symptoms longer, so a cottage industry has risen from the smoke. From Chex mix, pasta dishes, to canned soda nothing is sacred or safe from the added ingredient called cannabis.
This year I found an interesting product call Cake Pops. While amusing and it works very well as a medium to administer a medicated dose, but there was one big problem that needed to be addressed. Before I would take this product mainstream I would fix the recipe. I guess you could call this a cake but I would be more inclined to call it a cake filling, somewhere floating in the quagmire of sugar is a microscopic amount of flour. I don’t believe there are any eggs or leavening ingredients ether but I could be wrong. I got mine for a dollar but he would sell me a medicated pop once all those who were under the age of eighteen were not around. Check out my slide show to see the marketing effort of this vendor… I have said enough here.
The crowds at Hempfest were very subdued, I stood while an upstart band from Georgia rocked my socks off, I couldn’t stop rocking with these guys. In any other venue a mosh would have magically appeared but here it was like sleepy time in nursery school. I think this is why I only saw one police officer in six hours, the boy scouts could have run security at this event. When the venue closes I think they must release a bunch of rabbits to chase out the crowds.
I have created a slide show with more information and photos for you to see some of what folks were selling and eating this year. I hope you enjoy.
Eat well, travel more and make it a point to attend Hempfest 2012.