Cannastock 2023 Comes to MJN Center in Poughkeepsie, Launching the Excelsior Cup to Honor New York’s Best Cannabis Products

Cannabis enthusiasts from all over New York and beyond are getting ready for the highly anticipated Cannastock 2023 festival, which will take place on May 13th at the MJN Convention Center in Poughkeepsie. This year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever before, with over 50 exhibitors, live entertainment, and the launch of the first-ever Excelsior Cup.

As the first consumption-friendly cannabis festival in New York, Cannastock has quickly become a favorite among those who appreciate the many benefits of this remarkable plant. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the top movers and shakers in the cannabis industry, including licensed growers, manufacturers, and retailers, who are bringing the first recreational cannabis to the Hudson Valley.

Cannastock 2023 is also proud to introduce the Excelsior Cup, a cannabis competition that will honor the best cannabis products in New York State. The competition will cover an array of categories, including flowers, concentrates, pre-rolls, cartridges, and edibles. The winners will receive the prestigious Excelsior Cup, a symbol of excellence in the New York cannabis industry.

To make the competition fair and unbiased, Cannastock has appointed a team of expert judges who will evaluate each product based on several criteria, including taste, aroma, potency, and overall quality. The competition promises to be fierce, with many of the top cannabis brands in New York vying for the coveted Excelsior Cup.

In addition to the competition, Cannastock 2023 will feature a range of fun activities and contests, including free giveaways and live entertainment with DJ Max Glazer from Federation Sound and local visual performance artists. Whether you’re a cannabis connoisseur or just curious about the plant’s many benefits, there will be something for everyone at Cannastock 2023.

After the festival, the official Cannastock After Party will be held at Reason & Ruckus, featuring DJ Magic Juan, a cash bar, and curated stoner food. The party promises to be a fun-filled evening of music, food, and celebration, as attendees toast to the success of the first-ever Excelsior Cup.

Overall, Cannastock 2023 promises to be an unforgettable event for anyone who loves cannabis and wants to learn more about the plant’s many benefits. From the competition to the live entertainment and everything in between, this year’s festival is shaping up to be the best one yet. So mark your calendars and get ready to join the fun at Cannastock 2023 in Poughkeepsie on May 13th!

About Cannastock Festival:

Cannastock 2023 is sponsored by Woodstock Heritage Strains, Etain and the Cannabis Workforce Initiative.

Find out more about the exhibitors at

$30 General Admission, $65 VIP, and $10 After-Party  Tickets are on sale now at VIP tickets include early entry at Noon and a swag bag of goodies. 


Radio Woodstock 100.1 WDST, tagged as the New York Times “favorite thing about driving around the Hudson Valley”, has been the recipient of numerous national and regional awards for its eclectic and innovative programming. Radio Woodstock operates as one of the most influential listener and local advertiser-supported radio stations in the world. As a locally owned media company for over 40 years, Radio Woodstock produces curated music programming and virtual and live music events, along with advertising campaigns, digital marketing solutions, and experiential marketing programs. Radio Woodstock’s curatorial staff of DJs present the newest emerging artists while paying tribute to established talent, all in a laid-back Woodstock vibe. Radio Woodstock produces numerous large-scale and boutique concerts and festivals and founded both the Mountain Jam Festival and Taste of Country Festival,  both of which grew to become the largest rock and camping music festivals in the Northeast, drawing over 100,000 people over two consecutive weekends. 


The Woodstock brand embodies the ideals of building a new world order that starts with “us” not “them”. The “us” is made up of people who believe we can do better. The “us” stands against the establishment and is not afraid to question authority. The “us” that believes we can rise above rhetoric that often surrounds us all. At Woodstock, we celebrate our ability to step out of the fray and bring people together to enjoy this life we have. 


Etain is New York’s only women-founded, vertically integrated medical cannabis company with dispensaries in Kingston, Syracuse, and Yonkers and a flagship in Midtown East in New York City. Etain’s Kingston location was the brand’s first dispensary, which opened in 2016. The location at 445 NY-28 has recently revamped its exterior and interior to include an open floor plan to incorporate Etain’s renewed branding alongside its premium medical cannabis products.

The Etain Kingston location also carries a curated selection of women-owned CBD and health and wellness brands to highlight other women in the industry and their products. The company’s mantra – “Take a moment with Etain” – embodies the spirit and belief that Etain products meet the diverse needs of its community.


Cannabis Workforce Initiative’s mission is to promote and support social equity in the adult-use cannabis market by providing quality workforce development and legal education.