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Tea Festival

Join us for a Virtual Tea Festival!

November 24 to 28, 2020
Two talks each day at 12:15 and 7 p.m.

Join us in celebration the RBG Tea Festival from home through a series of engaging, virtual presentations over five days while we explore the botanical, culinary, history, and enjoyment that teas and tisanes have to offer.

Tickets and Registration

Pre-registration is required for these virtual talks!

  • Tickets Available: Tuesday November 10 at 12 p.m.
  • Member Pre-Sale: Friday November 6 at 12 p.m.
Ticket Category Time Price
Single Lunch & Learn Session 30-Minutes (12:15 p.m.) $10
Single Evening Session 60-Minutes (7 p.m.) $12
ALL Lunch & Learn Sessions 5 x 30-Minutes (12:15 p.m.) $45
ALL Evening Sessions 5 x 60-Minutes (7 p.m.) $54
ALL Sessions 5 x 30-Minutes (12:15 p.m.)
5 x 60-Minutes(7 p.m.)
$95
  • All prices are subject to HST and applicable service charges.
  • Pre-registration is required (registration for each talk closes 11 p.m. the previous day)
  • Members receive an exclusive pre-sale

Member Pre-Sale

Begins Friday November 6 at 12 p.m.

RBG Members have access to an exclusive pre-sale when using a special code, emailed to current members mid-day on Friday November 6.

  • pouring tea into fine china cup with formal high tea setup
  • Katie Cyr hosting virtual tea talk with laptop
  • Hands holding cup of yellow turmeric tea
  • Dried Green Tea Leaves

Speaker Schedule

Quick View Schedule. Full descriptions and speaker bios further down the page!

Date and Time Topic Speaker
Tuesday November 24
12:15 to 12:45 p.m.
The Art of the Ingredient; Blending Teas and Tisanes Amy Taylor, The Art of Tea and Tasseomancy
Tuesday November 24
7 to 8 p.m.
Tea and Your Health James Cadeau, Sweets and Swirls Cafe
Wednesday November 25
12:15 to 12:45 p.m.
Botany and Horticulture of the Tea Plant Nadia Cavallin and Alex Henderson, Royal Botanical Gardens
Wednesday November 25
7 to 8 p.m.
Afternoon Tea, History of a Charming Ritual Linda Barnett, The Travelling Tea Room
Thursday November 26
12:15 to 12:45 p.m.
Tea 101 Katie Cyr, Monarch Tea Company
Thursday November 26
7 to 8 p.m.
The Joys of Tea Brenda Royer, Lifestyles for Life
Friday November 27
12:15 to 12:45
Making a Golden (Tumeric) Latte Richa Gupta, Tumeric Teas
Friday November 27
7 to 8 p.m.
Tea & Chocolate Katie Cyr, Monarch Tea Company
Saturday November 28
12:15 to 12:45 p.m.
Planning an Afternoon Tea Party, Chez Vous Andrea Roddy, Teas and Toasts
Saturday November 28
7 to 8 p.m.
Fantastic Teas and Where to Find Them Alyson Baker, Geek & Tea
The art of Tea and Tasseomancy's Mystic Tearoom - logo shaped like teapot with all-seeing-eye in centre

Tuesday Nov 24, 12:15 p.m.
The Art of the Ingredient; Blending Teas and Tisanes

30 minute talk by Amy Taylor (The Art of Tea and Tasseomancy)

When it comes to teas, the skies are the limit for the different flavour profiles and ingredients one can use for making a blend. Sure, you can use anything to flavour a tea, but what is it that’s needed to make a really effective blend? Join Tea Sommelier and Community Herbalist Amy Taylor for a fun and informative talk about blending teas and tisanes for flavour, enjoyment and health.

About Amy Taylor

For 30+ years Amy Taylor has been a Tea Enthusiast and a professional Tea Leaf and Card Reader. She is the sole owner of The Art of Tea and Tasseomancy’s Mystic Tearoom where she has her Tasseomancy Museum open to the public and see’s clients for consultation. You dan also find a curated selection of teas and tisanes, many organic along with unique tea related items and accessories. Amy is a Certified THAC Tea Sommelier Professional and is a contributing writer for the Tea and Herb Association of Canada’s Herbal Modules for TAC Certified Tea Sommelier courses. Amy has contributed to many magazine and blogs as an authority on Tasseomancy and is also in the process writing a book about the history of Tasseomancy and another on the Mystical Side of Tea. Find her on the web at www.taotat.ca.

amy taylor - headshot

Sweets and Swirls Cafe logo - script font surrounding swirling line drawing of a coffee cup

Tuesday Nov 24, 7 p.m.
Tea and Your Health

1 hour talk by James Cadeau (Sweets and Swirls Cafe)

James Cadeau of Sweets and Swirls Cafe delivers a discussion about tea and its many varying health benefits. Learn how to make tea part of your everyday life and how it can improve your health in the long term.

About James Cadeau

James Cadeau, is a Mohawk Tea Sommelier Instructor, workshop leader, and owner of Sweets and Swirls Cafe serving the Niagara-on-the-Lake Community since 2014 with Food, Beverage, & Loose Leaf Tea.

James Cadeau sitting at a desk with a laptop

Image of RBG logo with blue bird over a leaf

Wednesday Nov 25, 12:15 p.m.
Botany & Horticulture of the Tea Plant

30 minute talk by Nadia Cavallin and Alex Henderson (Royal Botanical Gardens)

Plants are such a common feature in the world around us that we rarely stop to consider the profound impact they have on our daily lives. Join Nadia Cavallin and Alex Henderson for a “tea-riffic” discussion about Camellia sinensis, the plant from which tea is harvested and which is considered to be one of the 50 plants that changed the course of history. In this presentation you will lean about the botany of this versatile plant and also some of the ways in which it has culturally and economically impacted upon our civilization. We hope you are able to come “oolong” and join the “par-tea”!

Nadia Cavallin is a Field Botanist at Royal Botanical Gardens and Alex Henderson is RBG’s Curator of Living Collections

The Travelling TeaRoom - Elegant tea parties that come to you. Logo with image of teapot on carriage

Wednesday Nov 25, 7 p.m.
Afternoon Tea, History of a Charming Ritual

1 hour talk by Linda Barnett (The Travelling Tea Room)

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 neighbouring 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”.

About Linda Barnett

After retiring from a successful banking career, Linda became Owner and Founder of The Travelling TeaRoom where she brings a High Tea experience to the privacy of your own home or office that includes linens, fine china, accessories, freshly baked scones, savouries, sweets and bottomless cups of her private Label Teas. The service also includes set up, service and clean up, you are a guest in your own home. In addition, Linda has designed bespoke Tea-themed Note Card Stationary, published a successful Cookbook called Sophisticated Entertaining for High Teas and Other Scrumptious Meals, developed a specialty line of Chakra Yoga teas, and has a jewellery and accessory Boutique for women. www.thetravellingtearoom.ca, lbarnett@thetravellingtearoom.ca

Logo with monarch and crown inside decorative circle

Thursday Nov 26, 12:15 p.m.
Tea 101

30 minute talk by Katie Cyr (Monarch Tea Company)

Join Monarch Tea Co. owner and THAC Tea Sommelier, Katie Cyr as we delve into the magical world of tea! We will start off the experience by learning more about what tea is, how tea plants are grown, how it’s produced and the harvesting and production methods ranging from Pai Mu Tan white tea, Oolong, Pu’erh and more! We will then shift our focus to how to brew the perfect cup of tea in the comfort of your home. From there, we will discuss how to become a better tea taster and learn about our palate and tasting notes in tea. At this point, I’ll walk us through a virtual tea tasting, which you can follow along at home using your own tea! We will discuss tasting notes and the complexities that each cup of tea holds. I’ll then walk us through what tea & food pairings work best based on your favourite teas. We will end the session with an opportunity for any questions and to share with each other what tea we are drinking! Please come prepared with a mug of your favourite tea.

About Katie Cyr

Katie’s first experience with tea comes in the memory of drinking Irish Breakfast with her grandmother out of delicate teacups. Today, she carries the same reverence and passion for the art of tea into her day to day life. Katie founded The Monarch Tea Co. in late 2013 with the vision of bringing together the traditional eloquence of tea time with a modern twist. She currently offers her bespoke tea online and in select retailers while additionally offering interactive virtual tea workshops. As a certified Tea Sommelier through the Tea and Herb Association of Canada, Katie loves to explore the world of tea with others. Her passions involve reading, cooking and spending time outdoors. Her favourite tea is Cream Earl Grey & Genmaicha. You can find Katie and Monarch Tea Co. at www.monarchteaco.com @monarchteaco on Instagram.

Katie Cyr sitting on floor in Monarch Tea Co sweater

Thursday Nov 26, 7 p.m.
The Joys of Tea

1 hour talk by Brenda Royer (Lifestyles for Life)

Join RBG’s Best Oolong Tea Winner 2019, Brenda Royer of Lifestyles for Life to learn all about the joys and pleasures of drinking tea. From the benefits of a healthy body to socialization, the simple act of steeping tea, perking up with tea, to using tea leaves in our everyday care… there is something for everyone when it comes to tea!

About Brenda Royer

Brenda Royer is the founder and co owner of Lifestyles For Life. Brenda owns the company with her husband Lincoln. Although many may think that Lincoln is a silent partner, he is not. Apart from being a loving, thoughtful and supportive life partner to Brenda, Lincoln is a gifted guitarist that plays and serenades the guests at Lifestyles For Life High Tea. Tea is not just a highly nutritious drink, but a Lifestyle for Brenda. Brenda enjoyed tea as a child growing up but her her love for quality, premium loose leaf teas grew exponentially as she relentlessly studied the countless health benefit of teas. Her passion for teas led the way to launching her first Tea Boutique – Lifestyles For Life in Burlington on Remembrance Day 2016 (a day Brenda will always remember). Brenda also wanted a warm and inviting place where her growing customers would have premium teas, and other health, wellness and beauty products readily available. Brenda continually works on blending teas that not only focus on elevating one’s health, but are also delicious and give you a wonderful sense of enjoyment. One of Brenda’s latest nutrition and delicious tea Tropical Oolong, won the best tea award at the Royal Botanical Tea Festival in November 2019. Brenda’s exploration of teas is her passion and she covets the opportunity to share her wealth of information about teas with her friends, family and valued customers while enjoying a perfectly steeped cup of tea.

Brenda Royer posing in orange suite and pearls on white background

Friday Nov 27, 12:15 p.m.
Making a Golden (Turmeric) Tea Latte

30 minute talk by Richa Gupta (Turmeric Teas)

Join Richa Gupta, founder of Tumeric Teas to learn about the amazing health benefits of turmeric and how to optimize the absorption of curcumin. In this talk we will make a golden milk latte and discover the many other ways of incorporating tumeric into your diet.

About Richa Gupta

Richa Gupta is the Founder of Turmeric Teas. Born in India, Richa spent her childhood immersed in a tradition of cooking and healing in which turmeric was a central element. After moving to Toronto, Ontario, and starting a family, Richa was driven to help North Americans integrate the power of turmeric into their daily lives and rituals. The result is a line of delicious teas that incorporate the healing benefits of turmeric and that acknowledge the reality that individuals have different needs in different moments.

Richa Gupta standing in supply room

Logo with monarch and crown inside decorative circle

Friday Nov 27, 7 p.m.
Tea & Chocolate

1 hour talk by Katie Cyr (Monarch Tea Co.)

Come and enjoy an evening with two of life’s greatest pleasures: tea and chocolate! Join THAC Tea Sommelier and owner of The Monarch Tea Co., Katie Cyr, in an educational and interactive evening 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. We will walk through how to do a tea & chocolate tasting, learn about how chocolate is made and learn how to develop our palate and suggestions for future pairings. Please come prepared with a mug of your favourite tea, and a piece of chocolate (if available!).

About Katie Cyr

Katie’s first experience with tea comes in the memory of drinking Irish Breakfast with her grandmother out of delicate teacups. Today, she carries the same reverence and passion for the art of tea into her day to day life. Katie founded The Monarch Tea Co. in late 2013 with the vision of bringing together the traditional eloquence of tea time with a modern twist. She currently offers her bespoke tea online and in select retailers while additionally offering interactive virtual tea workshops. As a certified Tea Sommelier through the Tea and Herb Association of Canada, Katie loves to explore the world of tea with others. Her passions involve reading, cooking and spending time outdoors. Her favourite tea is Cream Earl Grey & Genmaicha. You can find Katie and Monarch Tea Co. at www.monarchteaco.com @monarchteaco on Instagram.

Katie Cyr sitting on floor in Monarch Tea Co sweater

Tea and Toasts logo with decorative filigrie

Saturday Nov 28, 12:15 p.m.
Planning an Afternoon Tea Party, Chez Vous

30 minute talk by Andrea Roddy (Tea and Toasts)

Join Andrea of Teas and Toasts in taking count of all you need with current public health measures and beyond to plan an afternoon tea at home that’s just as delightful and lifting as going out for tea. Topics will touch-on traditional and modern takes on etiquette, menu to table setting and decor.

About Andrea Roddy

Meet Tea Maven, Andrea of Teas and Toasts, Drinker of tea (on the rocks), purveyor of cuteness and hilarity and hobbyist to entrepreneur. Going Beyond the Teacup for fun, fresh and tasty experiences!

Teas and Toasts are your Tea Party to-go specialists for: Favors & Gifts; Loose Leaf Teas; Light Fare Catering for Small Gatherings OR Tea-for-Two including Finger Sandwiches, Sweets, Cream Tea and Afternoon Tea and Tableware Rentals for pick-up or delivery to you or for someone special in Brantford and surrounding areas.

Andrea Roddy headshot - wearing floral dress and pearls

Geek + Tea Logo

Saturday Nov 28, 7 p.m.
Fantastic Teas and Where to Find them

1 hour talk by Alyson Baker (Geek & Tea)

Join Geek+Tea on a magical journey as we journey to discover how we grow our own herbals on our small herb farm to the more magical loose leaf teas sourced directly from farmers who tender them, including fine black, green, oolong, white and herbal tea varieties.

About Alyson Baker

Keep calm and put the kettle on and boldly go where no tea has gone before: fair-trade, organic and really geeky! Geek+Tea infuses their love of gardening and growing to blend up the best cuppa tea in the galaxy. From their 5 acre herb and flower farm to infinity and beyond, they grow their ingredients using only organic and sustainable practices with wit, whimsy and fun!

Get 10% off all Geek and Tea products during the festival with code rbgteafest at www.geekandtea.ca

 

Headshot of Aly Baker in sun hat