During the 1st weekend in September, a double-cannabis-inspired festival took place in Thetford in Norfolk.
I was invited to attend by Jim, founder of Borofest, which was due to take place on the same weekend in a different location but ended up taking place on the Paradise Gardens site.
Thankfully this worked well, and the site was more than big enough to accommodate both events!
Paradise Gardens, in it’s first year, took over an idyllic location in the British countryside for this event, which was probably 2/3rds the size of a large-scale music festival.
There was a Glastonbury-size sound stage and a Tiki stage with an epic rig set up blasting live music and DJs throughout the weekend. With music acts of different genres from punk to reggae, the main stage ended with General Levvy on Sunday night, while the Tiki stage hosted the likes of Micky Finn, My Bad Sister, Mungos Hifi and Congo Natty.
Festival-goers had plenty of choices when it came to food options throughout the weekend, with stalls catering for all diets, from Indian and Thai food to Fish and Chips.
As this festival was inspired by and dedicated to the hydroponics industry it was a great space for vendors from across the UK to exhibit a whole host of hydroponics and botanical/extraction equipment. Paradise Gardens and Borofest expanded on this, allowing cannabis Industry professionals to set up stalls to offer exclusive merchandise, glass items, and fun-fair-style games for guests who could win special prizes.
I enjoyed watching glass-blowing by the stars of Borofest (read about Borofest 2018 here and Borofest 2019 here) who had an incredible set-up at the event – a large marquee with good ventilation that was plonked right in the middle of Paradise Gardens.
This ensure good footfall throughout the weekend and allowed people who would not have known about Borofest to see the glassblowers in action. I love how this industry intersects with the cannabis industry due to the functional glass art being produced by the UK artists.
Skateparks seem to be in vogue this year. I spotted another one at Paradise Gardens (there was also a skatepark in the middle of Product Earth 2021).
The cannabis community helped make this event special, with an epic campground vibe and plenty of people to chat to all weekend.
And the whimsical feel of the Borofest celebrations (the third we have attended!) felt right at home amongst the Paradise Gardens crowd.
After the stages turned off each night there was an intimate live jam session on the campground into the early hours of the next morning.
And a special shout out to Monkey Nutrients, who had not one, not two, but three chill tents for guests, with free drinks, pool, and vibes throughout the weekend.
Overall I had an incredible time at Paradise Gardens 2021 and look forward to next year’s event. You can watch my video vlog filmed at this event here on YouTube, and look out for my debrief chat with Simpa Carter about both Paradise Gardens and Product Earth.