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Best Annual Festival, The Emerald CupSanta Rosa, theemeraldcup.com
The Emerald Cup has grown from a southern Humboldt community event where winners feared arrest to the world’s biggest outdoor organic cannabis competition — an international attraction. The Cup draws more than 1,000 contest entries from growers, bakers and hash makers across California; more than 10,000 attendees pack the Sonoma County Fairgrounds each December and book up all the hotels in a 40-mile radius. The Emerald Cup includes a frenetic, packed outdoor bazaar where farmers pick up coveted heirloom seeds for $25 per seed. Meanwhile, lay-folk stock up on last-minute holidays gifts while sampling the best cannabis in the world.