Sunday, October 16, 2011

Alaska and Northwest Trip - Days 22 and 23 - NW Tea Festival

These days found us in Seattle attending the Northwest Tea Festival.  It's a two day event highlighting some of the best and brightest in the world of Tea.  There were tastings (which I will attempt to review later), workshops, lectures and training programs.  There was also a ton of tea to try in less formal settings than organized tastings.

Everyone was extremely friendly and helpful.  James Norwood Pratt (who is essentially the God of Tea) gave a keynote lecture, as well as a number of other workshops.

There is only a $10 suggested donation to get in, and the majority of the events are free, so if you love tea, I would strongly recommend going next fall.

Some of the booths were:
The Tea Lady
Barnes and Watson Fine Teas
Tacoma Trading Company
Chado Tea Room
Three Cups of Tea
Phoenix Tea
3.14 Bakery
Afternoon to Remember
Kuan Yin Tea House
Choice Organics
Den's Tea

The primary sponsor was the Perennial Tearoom, who really went all out making things work.

I hope to expand on the festival later, but until then, pictures:

Gong Fu Tea Setup

James Norwood Pratt

Pu-erh tea cakes

Den's Teas display

Chado Tea Booth

Yum - Cake Balls

The Tea Lady

Twig Tea

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