Sydney Tea Festival Serves Up the Best Sunday 20th August
The ultimate celebration of speciality loose leaf tea, the Sydney Tea Festival will sweep the city this Sunday 20th August. Discover, experience and connect with speciality teas from Australia and beyond.
Returning to Carriageworks, the one-day event will feature a new do-it-yourself tea blending station, and an interactive tea ceremony performance, together with a fresh program of workshops and talks hosted by leading industry experts.
THE TEA MARKET
Festival-goers can wander the tea market and taste a huge range of speciality loose teas and tisanes including premium, single origin, organic and rare teas; healthy herbal blends, chocolate, chai, and iced teas; and a range of locally grown and globally sourced teas.
Tasting tea will be a breeze with the festival’s signature porcelain cup appearing again. Valued at $5 and included in every adult ticket, this cup will allow visitors to taste their way through the day.
In addition, food on offer will cater to those seeking both sweet and savoury bites, with a range of food purveyors and trucks boasting global cuisine and tea inspired creations.
Also on the day, visitors can participate in the ‘Tea with a Stranger’ tea ceremony performance, hosted by members of Ueda Sōko Ryū Australia. Festival co-founder, Corinne Smith, describes the interactive experience as a way of facilitating deep connection, openness and communication.
“Tea with a Stranger encourages people to leave their digital self behind and step into the vulnerability of face-to-face human connection facilitated by the sharing of tea,” Smith said.
Date & Time: Sunday 20 August 2017 9.00am – 4.00pm
Location: Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh
Cost: Pre-sale adult entry $15.50 (including all fees and charges)
Door-sale entry $20.00 (plus credit card processing fees)
Workshop tickets $48.00 and Talks $15 (including all fees and charges)
Kids Under 12 Free
All tickets include a festival tasting up (valued at $5)
Information & Images Courtesy of Nicole Warwick – Liquid Ideas/Renee Creer – Tea Festivals Australia – Photographer: Alana Dimou
Connie Lambeth – The Australia Times Gourmet News – Food/Wine/Hospitality/Events
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Read on for More Pics, Additional Info on Workshops with the Tea Experts, plus Festival co-founder Renee Creer…
Exploring Native Australian Teas and Bush Foods
Learn about the native Australian ingredients use for traditional tea ceremonies and medicines with LORE Australia’s Jesse Munro Gurugir. Featuring traditional songs, stories and tea ingredients, this ‘talk and taste’ workshop is a rich cultural experience that will open your eyes to native Australian teas.
Baking with Tea
Join the MasterChef himself, Bernard Chu from Luxbite, as he demonstrates how to use tea in baking. This versatile ingredient will feature in several of his signature desserts and the session will culminate with a tasting of these delicious treats and some take home recipes.
Discover the ins and outs of kombucha – a healthy and delicious probiotic drink made from fermented tea. Ferment and flavour a bottle of take home kombucha, and learn about the tools, processes and benefits of fermenting with Cornersmith cafe’s head fermenter, Jaimee Edwards.
Intro to Tea Blending
Delve into the world of tea blending with the Tea Atelier’s Liliana Algorry. Learn the art and science of combining teas, herbs and floral ingredients and create a bespoke blend to take home.
Budding tea enthusiasts will learn the difference between green, oolong or black tea, as well as how to best store tea and brew tea to perfection, with tea expert David Lyons, from 18ThirtyFour.
Origins of Tea
Take a journey into the world often with our expert David Lyons, from 18ThirtyFour. Uncover myth, fact and fiction surrounding the first ever pot of tea and find out more about the history of the leaf.
Festival co-founder, Renee Creer, said: “Although tea is one of the country’s most popular non-alcoholic beverages, it’s probably one of the most misunderstood! The festival aims to change that, encouraging both tea novices and connoisseurs alike to discover and explore what speciality tea is all about.”
“The tea industry in Australia is thriving. There’s such diversity and creativity amongst tea purveyors right now and the festival is where you can taste and buy the best on offer, on the one day, in the one place,” Creer added.