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1. Berlin - MaryJane

After almost two years without cannabis shows, early October finally brought them back: Even though much shorter than the usual annual schedule, the show season 2021 started in Berlin. One could see that we were not the only ones waiting desperately, long queues of people waiting to get entrance had been a picture only known from vaccination centres over past months.  Finally, we got to see old friends, such as fertilizer producer Flo Organics and private and professional conversations took place face to face again. Two years of waiting are over, what more do you want? Even the party boat Hoppetosse, a MaryJane institution, was open. Organized by our friends at VYBZ.BRANDZ, the party on Hoppetosse rounded up the Berlin weekend perfectly. Thanks for the nice days guys!

2. Prague - Cannafest

Change in scenery - only one week later. It’s Thursday night and we arrive in Prague surrounded by thick fog and cold temperatures. The next day marks the first day of Cannafest and ends up a fair bit less crowded than what we were used to at this event. Even though there are more people over the weekend, the potential of past shows will not be met. To us, visiting the event was still worth it. Too long we had been missing the tradeshow vibe - this mix of hard work, fun with friends, stress, and a great lack of sleep. Furthermore, Prague is always worth a visit. Fall puts the entire city in a diverse mix of colours, some mystical vibe flows around the city’s streets that lie under a cover of the early morning fog. We will come back for sure Prague!

3. Vienna - Cultiva

One weekend in between was enough to charge up our batteries again, and to get ready for Cultiva in Vienna. For the first time, good old Cultiva did not take place in the legendary pyramid venue, but moved to Vienna’s Marxhall. Unfortunately, covid cases in Austria started skyrocketing once more around the same time. New restrictions and concerns stopped many individuals from visiting a trade show. Thus, there were neither many visitors nor exhibitors left. Some seed banks and breeders were there, new LED grow lights could be checked out, but there was nothing mindblowing to see. We spent most of the weekend together with our friends from Basil Bush somewhere between the show venue, Irish Pub, and smoking on the hotel balcony. Even though Vienna was probably the show least exciting this year, one could still feel the tradeshow vibe we had been missing so much over recent months. Our highlight was the  “Torchland Glass Circus by THCBD”, where we could watch popular glass artists performing their work.

Bottom Line

Overall, the trade show season 2021 could not live up to our expectations. After years with ten to 20 shows on four continents, these short trips to our neighbourhood did not satisfy our thirst for traveling and meeting new people yet. Nevertheless, worth a visit were all the shows. We had been missing our friends from the industry too much to not enjoy every second with them now. We remain optimists and hope that the upcoming legalizations across Europe kick off a successful year for cannabis shows in 2022. We see each other at Spannabis in March!

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