For the eighth year in a row, the Santa Barbara Hemp Festival goes down this weekend on Saturday, November 4. But rather than take over the county courthouse’s Sunken Gardens as in years past — where attendees wondered whether their love for the medicinal herb and its many fibrous incarnations might land them inside those courtrooms — this year’s fest is going down at Isla Vista’s Anisq’Oyo Park, from noon ’til 6 p.m. Here are three reasons to check it out:
1) The buds and stems: Informational booths about medical marijuana will sit alongside vendors of the latest in hemp soaps, foods, ointments, and pretty much anything else good for you that’s imaginable. Despite the feds’ attempt to stop the sales of hemp products a couple years back, consumer demand kept the industry booming.
2) The duds: If you haven’t been to Hempwise in I.V. lately, you’re missing out on the latest earth-toned, hemp-woven trends. In an age of overstyling and gaudiness, the simplicity offered in hemp clothing is soothing. Don’t believe it? Check out the hemp fashion show in the park.
3) The sounds: A hemp fest wouldn’t be a fest without live music and guest speakers. This Saturday, there’ll be sets from S.B. hip-hop outfit The Limbz, Chico’s mixed-genre masters Pyrx, and reggae stalwarts Cornerstone, plus some commentary from those at the forefront of California’s battle to keep marijuana as medicine and hemp as an environmentally sustainable alternative to most other commercially produced goods.