15 years ago a group of family and friends gathered in Negril’s west end in celebration of music, life and herb. Every year since then they have gathered again and again bringing more and more renown to the celebration. Now legendary in its 15th year Stepping High is recognized as Jamaica’s longest running and most prominent Ganja festival.
The smell of freshly cured herb and the sound of an edifying discussion hailed us with our first few steps onto the beach. The sun beamed through the clear morning sky onto a canopy of tents. Underneath, beautiful gems and artefacts glistened, beckoning to the wrists and necks of the attendees. The magical shimmer of terpenes entranced onlookers as the light danced across bouquets of Ganja. This was the scene at the 2018 Stepping High Ganja festival.
Delicious cannabis brownie bites, chocolate chip herb cookies, intoxicating iced coffee, Peanut packed punch and other juices and foods infused with herb were just a few of the delectables available at this year’s stepping high festival. A buzzing crowed appeared quickly to the left of the stage where the morning conferences were held. When we arrived at the tent their impromptu sign said it all “Free Dabs”. I must say, after trying my first dab and being put out of commission for a bit that it is not for the faint of heart. My example was no deterrent to stop most persons from enjoying the THC concentrates. While I recovered the party continued. The energy was on the rise as guests continued to fill the venue.
No event would be complete without the prestigious Orange Hill herb. Lemon kush, lemon pearl, and blueberry kush from three (3) time Stepping High Cannabis Cup winner King Lion tantalized the aficionado and rooky alike. We continued tent hopping as I swallowed the last of the cannabis coffee I got from the Local Crop booth. Patrons came with some interesting gadgets, small cigarette shaped cannabis pipes, and one hitter cannabis pipes for quick tokes on the go. We ran into Jah Cure who came early to enjoy the festivities, and Yaadcore, who we got to have a quick chat with before he seized the stage and took command of the afternoon’s entertainment. The music quickly invaded the atmosphere unimpeded by inhibitions we soon found ourselves moving to the beats and cheering for a “pull up”.
In the eve of the sun set the promoters brought our eyes to the stage for the canna-fashion show. Much to our delight we watched with blitzed enthusiasm. Captivated by the beauty of the women as they strut across the stage. The outfits were wonderful appealing even to persons with tacky fashion sense, like myself. The stage show was the final act, by then the crowed had doubled, encircled by the booths we stood with our attention fixed to the stage. Our bodies moving to the beats, our minds uplifted by the lyrics. Herb, Music, and positive vibrations whisked us into the hours of morning.
Stepping high festival 2018
Roughhouse/keef magazine, audience, vendors, Canna cure
Stepping high, will power determination, products; jewellery, cannabis foods and drinks, dabs
March 2nd and 3rd/ 15 years ago,
Negril, westend, original stepping high grounds, beach, montegobay, Cayenne beach
Entertaining, spiritual, deep, cultural .