November 4 and 5

Tea Festival

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. | RBG Centre

Don’t miss our Second Annual Tea Festival!

Warm up with a hot cup of tea and sample different varieties from around the world. From green to rooibos, oolong to herbal and everything in between, learn all about your favourite types of tea with educational presentations.

Looking to get your holiday shopping out of the way? Look no further, great holiday gifts will be available for purchase at the festival!

Celebrate the classic hot beverage with live performances and experience its cultural origins first-hand with a traditional tea ceremony.

 

Sponsors

Advance Tickets:

One-Day Pricing

$18 per person

$6 for RBG Members

Two-Day (Full-Weekend) Pricing

$28 per person

$9 for RBG Members

 

Walk-Up Tickets:

$24/day

 

Child age 3 and under are free. Price includes admission to RBG.

*Tickets are non- refundable and final sale.

 

Purchase Tickets

Vendors

 

Vendor Applications:

Download vendor invitation

Download exhibitor package

 

 

 
 

 

Vendor Videos

 

Learn more about our great vendors with this video series from World Tea Podcast!

 

All Weekend

 

Tea Ceremony

11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Join us twice each day for a traditional tea ceremony in the McQuesten Theatre.

 

Dancers

1:00 p.m.

Join us for an unforgettable performance at 1 p.m. each day in the McQuesten Theatre.

 

 

Saturday

 

TASSEOMANCY - Amy Taylor

10:30 a.m. Speaker Corner A (Rooms 1 & 2)

Tasseomancy is the Art and Practice of divination by the interpretation of symbolic patterns made by tea leaves in a teacup. It hearkens back to days of old and the Inductive divinatory art form of the Shamans. Interpreting symbols and formations made by random objects. Join Amy as she talks about how this form of divination came to be the Art it is today. She will cover its history and origins, the tools used and the forms it is done in. This is an interactive and fun presentation for people of all ages.

 
TEA AND CHOCOLATE PAIRING - Katie Cyr

11:30 a.m. Speaker Corner A (Rooms 1 & 2)

Come and enjoy two of life's greatest pleasures: tea and chocolate! Join aspiring Tea Sommelier and owner of the Hamilton-based Monarch Tea Co., Katie Cyr, in an educational and interactive session involving the art of pairing tea with chocolate. Katie brings together two very diverse worlds and shows attendees how to pair and enjoy different teas and chocolates together. Guests will have the opportunity to sample locally made Walker's Chocolates paired with Monarch Tea and learn how to recreate these unique flavours during holiday entertaining.

 

150 YEARS OF CYLON TEA IN SRI LANKA

12:30 p.m. Speaker Corner B (Café Annex)

In 1867 when Scotsman James Taylor planted 19 acres of tea plants at Loolecondera Estate in Kandy using seeds he acquired from Assam. This first planting marked the commencement of Sri Lanka’s tea industry and now, in 2017, we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Ceylon Tea through a series of commemorations.

 
TEA ESSENTIALS - Linda Gaylard

1:30 p.m. Speaker Corner A (Rooms 1 & 2)

Just beginning your tea journey? Learn from a pro and gain the important fundamentals for understanding loose-leaf tea – its botany, manufacture and preparation. This talk will provide you with a simple approach to appreciating a complex beverage. Linda Gaylard is a Tea Sommelier and the author of the international best selling,The Tea Book, Winner of the 2017 World Tea Award for Best Tea Publication.

 
TASTY TEA- HERBAL HAVEN: FROM FIELD TO FOREST - Gail Whitlow

1:30 p.m. Speaker Corner B (Café Annex)

Tasty Tea Blends to build your immune system, soothe your stomach, relax your mind, body and spirit. Experience the blessings from Mother Earth and see how simple it is to brew your way to better health. Enjoy samples of these tasty teas to start the journey!.

 
MODERN TEA FARMING AND PRODUCTIONS PRACTICES IN CHINA AND TAIWAN - Robert Coon

2:30 p.m. Speaker Corner A (Rooms 1 & 2)

Robert Coon will discuss the current state of affairs of commercial tea agriculture for domestic and foreign consumption in China and Taiwan. He will outline the four major divisions of modern tea farming, which can be categorized as:

  1. factory farming,
  2. boutique farming,
  3. organic certified farming,
  4. rustic farming.

He will describe which types of tea are more likely to be farmed in each way and why it is important to know where your tea comes from so consideration of chemical use, certificate falsification, tea production skills, can help you make wish, healthy tea choices.

 
TEA SOMMELIER: DISCOVER THE TASTE OF TEA - James Cadeau

2:30 p.m. Speaker Corner B (Café Annex)

What is involved in becoming a tea sommelier? Let the instructor explain the course to you and see if this is a journey you wish to pursue. Perhaps you wish to develop your pallet for tea tasting, or to expand your product & industry knowledge, or simply to satisfy your personal interest. Tea 101 courses start at Mohawk College 3-4 times a year. Look for availability in other regions as well.

 
TEA: MORE THAN A HOT DRINK! - Amy Taylor

3:30 p.m. Speaker Corner A (Rooms 1 & 2)

Tea is a loved beverage, either hot or iced but did you know that tea has many other uses. Not only for your health but many unexpected uses around the house and of course in the garden. Learn different ways to use teas as Amy Taylor demonstrates how tea “might” be used for personal care to fertilizing your plants, to shining your mirror and more.

 

 

Sunday

 

TANG DYNASTY TEA: A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE - Robert Coon

10:30 a.m. Speaker Corner A (Rooms 1 & 2)

This lecture will focus on the history and development of tea culture throughout Chinese history and why we drink tea the way we do. Robert Conn will investigate the relationship between China, Japan, Korea, and England in tea consumption as well as types of porcelain used for tea making. You will have a better understanding of what makes tea the most popular hot beverage on earth.

 
HERBS IN TEA AND TISANES - Amy Taylor

11:30 a.m. Speaker Corner A (Rooms 1 & 2)

We all love Tea, and with the variety of Tea blends these days, Herbs are being used more often in those blends. Come and join Amy in an interactive discussion on how Tea is combined with Herbs for flavour, colour, health and more!

 
150 YEARS OF CYLON TEA IN SRI LANKA

12:30 p.m. Speaker Corner B (Café Annex)

In 1867 when Scotsman James Taylor planted 19 acres of tea plants at Loolecondera Estate in Kandy using seeds he acquired from Assam. This first planting marked the commencement of Sri Lanka’s tea industry and now, in 2017, we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Ceylon Tea through a series of commemorations.

 
TEA ESSENTIALS - Linda Gaylard

1:30 p.m. Speaker Corner A (Rooms 1 & 2)

Just beginning your tea journey? Learn from a pro and gain the important fundamentals for understanding loose-leaf tea – its botany, manufacture and preparation. This talk will provide you with a simple approach to appreciating a complex beverage. Linda Gaylard is a Tea Sommelier and the author of the international best selling,The Tea Book, Winner of the 2017 World Tea Award for Best Tea Publication.

 
BEHIND THE SCENES OF TEA BLOGGING - Lu Ann Pannunzio

2:30 p.m. Speaker Corner A (Rooms 1 & 2)

Blogging is a wonderful way to let out your creativity, build a community and continue learning. However, when I inform people I blog about tea confusion sets in. Lu Ann Pannunzio, Author of The Cup of Life blog & Tea-spiration book will outline her blogging experiences, different tea blog styles, overcoming tea writer’s block and more. If you have your own tea blog, interested in starting one or just curious, then this talk is for you.

 
TEA SOMMELIER: DISCOVER THE TASTE OF TEA - James Cadeau

2:30 p.m. Speaker Corner B (Café Annex)

What is involved in becoming a tea sommelier? Let the instructor explain the course to you and see if this is a journey you wish to pursue. Perhaps you wish to develop your pallet for tea tasting, or to expand your product & industry knowledge, or simply to satisfy your personal interest. Tea 101 courses start at Mohawk College 3-4 times a year. Look for availability in other regions as well.

 
AFTERNOON TEA: A CHARMING RITUAL - Linda Barnett

3:30 p.m. Speaker Corner A (Rooms 1 & 2)

Those of us who grew up in families where afternoon tea was regularly served with all the traditional ceremony, understand the charm and appeal of this very social occasion. Others who have more recently discovered tea are always delighted at the unexpected pleasure that tea brings into their lives. The story of its discovery in China, its crossing into neighboring countries, its place today in almost every region of the world and the rituals that surround it give it a very special place in our lives. Journey with Linda Barnett of The Travelling TeaRoom as she shares the history of this charming ritual known as "Afternoon Tea".