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The Tea Lovers Festival Infuses Los Angeles with a Month-Long Celebration of the Love of Tea!
MAY 3 - 28, 2013
Opening Weekend Steeps with Exciting Educational and Cultural Programming at the Festival’s New Home-Base – the Armory Center for the Arts.
145 North Raymond Ave, Pasadena CA 91103
FRIDAY, MAY 3, 2013: 7 - 10pm
TeaVIP Opening Reception:
• Korea’s Scholar Tea Ceremony by Hankook Tea
• Screening of the feature film Baraka
FREE with RSVP
(we were able to open some more tickets on Thursday, May 2nd -- grab them before they're gone, as we'll be way over capacity after that).
SUNDAY, MAY 5, 2013: 11am - 5pm
Tea Lovers Marketplace + Various Tea Studies & Tea Labs
The festival's biggest draw, the Tea Lovers Marketplace features tea-related exhibitors showcasing and sharing their unique products for all attending tea lovers. With Art of Tea, Bird Pick Tea & Herb, Bruce Cost Ginger Ale, Glenburn Tea Direct, Hankook Tea, Libre Tea, Mountain Tea, Numi Tea, Pureness Health, Rishi Tea, Sencha Naturals, Zhena's Gypsy Tea and more. Tea tastings included, of course. The day's program will also include various tea studies, such as the series:
Everything You Wanted to Know About Tea, But Were Afraid To Ask
• Organic & Fair Trade with Zhena's Gypsy Tea: 11:45am
• Teas From Darjeeling with Glenburn Tea Direct: 1:15pm
• Teas from Korea with Hankook Tea: 2:00 pm
• Teas from Taiwan with Mountain Tea: 2:45pm
• Savory Teas with Numi Tea: 3:30pm
In addition, more focused tea labs will cover topics such as how teaware affects the taste of tea, the art of tea leaf reading and creating your own memorable tea party:
• The Teaware Challenge* with Patti Harrison: 12:00 noon
• Reading Tea Leaves with Tiffany Williams: 1:45pm & 2:30pm
• Creating a Memorable Tea Party* with Nancy Caldwell: 3:30pm
The festival's Kids-Love-Tea-Too program will feature an interactive performance by Madame Chocolat as Doctor T, performing various fun tea “examinations”, tea “healings” and tea “surgeries” on both kids and adults alike: 3:00 - 4:30pm
$10 in advance (if purchased through May 4th)
$20 at the door (includes a $10 coupon/voucher for the Tea Lovers Marketplace)
Free for children under 12
* Some tea labs may require a small additional charge. Tea Labs have limited attendance capacity (only 12 persons per session), so we felt that tea lovers should be able to register for them directly in advance. So if you purchase an advance ticket for any of these three tea labs, it will also include your entry to the Tea Lovers Marketplace and the five Tea Studies above. You can choose to come early or stay after the tea lab for the rest of the festival.
FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2013 at the Electric Lodge
1416 Electric Ave, Venice CA 90291
Tea Lab: Tea & Yoga – A 3 Minute Start To A New You: 8 - 9:45pm
with Mahankirn Kaur
This combination tea lab and book release event will showcase Mahankirn Kaur’s simple, three minute techniques to radically improve your mood and reduce stress. Each guided technique will alternate with the tasting of a different flavor of Hari Tea’s exquisite herbal blends. Mahan’s new book is the latest in a series of apps and DVDs, created to fit into busy modern lives, and accessible to everyone – from the yoga novice to the devotee. Music, treats and of course tea, included. Comfortable clothing, yoga mats or pillows – optional.
Presented by LA Yoga magazine. This event is FREE to the public (one must RSVP).
SUNDAY, MAY 19, 2013 at the Matcha Source
8036 W 3rd Street, Los Angeles CA 90048
Tea Lab: Everything You Wanted to Know About Matcha, but Were Afraid to Ask: 3 - 5pm
with Alissa White and chef Robert Wemischner
Join Matcha Source’s Alissa White and tea chef/food writer Robert Wemischner (author of Cooking with Tea and The Dessert Architect) for an afternoon of matcha, the versatile and healthy special green tea from Japan. You will taste refreshing drinks, spring salad with a matcha-flavored dressing and a surprise sweet or two. Learning how to brew and prepare matcha, as well as cook and bake with it, will all be explored during this jam-packed afternoon.
$25/person (maximum attendance is limited to 20 persons)
SATURDAY, MAY 25, 2013 at Vosges Chocolate
311 N Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Tea Study: Tea & Chocolate Pairing: 1 - 2pm
with Bird Pick Tea & Herb and Vosges Chocolate
We've paired local tea experts Bird Pick and makers of haute chocolate Vosges for this fun and extremely delicious educational event. Learn how to pair various teas and chocolates for your own tasty pleasure or for your upcoming afternoon tea parties and after dinner desserts. Your taste buds will be treated to an exquisite culinary experience, so make sure you don't leave them at home.
This event is FREE to the public (one must RSVP). Limited space available!
To register, please check out the individual event tickets on here. And for more information, including additional events for the rest of May, please see the PROGRAM section on our website or the EVENTS section on our Facebook page listed below. Feel free to contact us anytime:
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Tea Lovers Festival
The mission of the Tea Lovers Festival is to promote the love of tea to the U.S. public through education and diverse cultural experiences. The festival has been open to the public since their Indian-themed event in 2006. Over the years, they’ve taken pride in thinking “out of the (tea) box” and bringing unique Educational and Cultural Programming to the tea-loving public, through both the festival, as well as through their popular Tea Lovers Bus Tours. In addition, the organization has always gone beyond the mere rudimentary educational levels and has provided something for everyone, from the tea novice to the tea connoisseur and even the tea professional, appealing to tea lovers of all ages.
www.TeaLoversFestival.com > 310.699.7271