2019 Festival Program

The 2019 NW Tea Festival will be open:

10 AM - 6 PM Saturday, September 28th
10 AM - 4 PM Sunday, September 29th

Entry is open to the public, with an admission fee of $15 per person.
Admission allows entry to both days - Saturday & Sunday.
Children under twelve are admitted free.

A porcelain tasting cup and shopping bag will be provided as part the admission fee (as long as supplies last). The tasting cup allows sampling of tea at the program sessions and at the exhibiting vendor booths.

There is no additional cost for entry to the exhibiting vendor area. Most stage presentations, Tea Bar activities and many workshop sessions are free.

Some workshops do have additional fees. Refer to the schedule below for details.


The Northwest Tea Festival Tea Bar - Returns again this year and has been enlarged in scope to become the Tea Lounge

Tea Lounge - it is free and can be found in the east side of the Exhibition Hall. It will be open throughout the afternoon and will be serving dozens of different kinds of tea in a variety of quick and fun themes.  Similar teas will be compared.  Unusual teas will be explored.  Rare teas will be savored. 
Here is an opportunity for a couple of quick cups of tea with an educational bonus!

The Tea Bar:
The Tea Bar is a space for experiencing short three to five minute intensive tastings.  These will typically be a comparison of two similar teas, a contrasting of related but dissimilar teas, or a focused showcasing of one very special tea.  The tea bar is kid-friendly and children participating at the tea bar may walk away with something extra!

The Tea Tutorial Table:
The Tea Tutorial Table is a space for a slower-paced educational exploration of teas lasting fifteen to twenty minutes.  Participants will be guided through a tea or series of teas in depth.

The Tea Guest Table:
The Tea Guest Table is a space for knowledgeable members of the tea community to share their love of and experience with aspects of tea.  This may include in-depth tastings, demonstrations of teaware and techniques, or even fun exhibition contests or blind tasting events.  Session length may vary considerably depending on the type of presentation the guest is offering.

Be sure to visit it, we are sure you will be glad you did.


All the 2019 Festival Program sessions have now been confirmed.

Online pre-registration is now open and will be open until September 20th at 11:00pm . Additional tickets for all sessions will be available at the tea festival.


Click here to download a printable version of the below schedule.

 


 

 

2019 Festival Saturday

Hidden Gem of the Himalayas -- Discover Nepali Tea

Presenter: Jeni Dodd
Sep 28 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am
Location: Stage 1

Hidden in the Himalayas, a rare gem awaits your discovery. Though a relative newcomer to the specialty tea scene, Nepalese tea has developed a devoted and passionate following amongst tea enthusiasts and aficionados. These devotees have discovered what you soon will -- a unique terroir combined with the sparkle of the people of Nepal themselves reveals found treasure in a cup. Join us as we discover Nepali tea.

Free

An Introduction to the tea of Taiwan

Presenter: David Campbell
Sep 28 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am
Location: Workshop Booth 5

This workshop will begin with a very brief overview of the development of tea and the tea industry in Taiwan. This will be followed by an examination of some of the principal cultivars grown in Taiwan and the major production areas within the country. The main part of the workshop will be devoted to a tasting of 6 of the principal teas of Taiwan: a Wenshan Bao Zhong, a Bai Hao (Oriental Beauty), a Dong Ding, a roasted gaoshan, an unroasted gaoshan and a Ruby Black (Hong Yu). Attendees will learn the historical context of Taiwanese tea, how to recognize the principal cultivars, what and where are the main production areas and the will taste a rang of Taiwan tea.

Max 20 Attendees
$10 Fee

All early sale tickets have been sold for this session. There will be more tickets available at the festival. Arrive early for the best selection.


What Does "Organic" Tea Mean, Anyway? How To Taste + Talk Tea Cultivation

Presenter: Rie Tulali
Sep 28 2019 - 10:45am to 11:45am
Location: Workshop Booth 1

Tea is a snapshot of the environment and conditions in which it's grown. The agricultural techniques on the farm translate into different flavor profiles in the tea. In this workshop, taste and compare conventional, organic, and biodiverse teas and learn how cultivation styles can affect the taste, market price, and sustainability of tea.

Max 24 Attendees
$10 Fee

2019 Raw Puer Tasting: Mengsong & Baiying Mtns. with Yunwei Tea

Presenter: Eric Suen
Sep 28 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Location: Workshop Booth 4
In this session, we'll be tasting two 2019 raw puer teas with very different characteristics: a wild Taliensis sub-species from Baiying Mountain and the more common Assamica sub-species from Mengsong.
We’ll discuss quality markers of raw puer and what we look for when tasting these teas. In addition to the tasting, we’ll be sharing our experiences sourcing tea from China and having an open-ended discussion about tea.
We hope you'll join us for this experience!
Max 15 Attendees
$10 Fee

All early sale tickets have been sold for this session. There will be more tickets available at the festival. Arrive early for the best selection.


Intro to Professional Cupping

Presenter: Suzette Hammond
Sep 28 2019 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Location: Workshop Booth 3

What's it like to be a professional tea taster? In this hands-on class, get up close and personal with a challenging variety of teas and origins, while learning professional standards for brewing, tasting and describing tea. You'll gain a deeper understanding behind the complexity of tea sourcing, and what a professional taster looks for at the cupping table in terms of quality.

Always one of our most popular sessions at the NWTF, our cupping workshops are different every year and always sell out - so book early!
Session includes a cupping set for each attendee to take home to continue to practice their new cupping skills.

Max 24 Attendees
$30 Fee

All early sale tickets have been sold for this session. There will be more tickets available at the festival. Arrive early for the best selection.


The Surprising History of India's Deep Chai Culture

Presenter: Elyse Petersen
Sep 28 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Location: Stage 2

Chai has become a pillar of India's culture. Contemporary generations of Indian people embrace tea as a part of their country's rich history, but the culture of tea drinking in India is a modern phenomenon. In this presentation, learn about the indigenous tea culture of India and the modern mass culture of tea that has manifested itself into a customized masala blend for each household and satiating chai stalls throughout the streets of the country.

Free

Rare & Artisan Teas of China

Presenter: Catherine & Ned Heagerty
Sep 28 2019 - 11:00am to 11:30am
Location: Workshop Booth 2

This tasting session is offered again Saturday in this workshop booth at these times:

  • 11:30am to 12:00pm 
  • 12:00pm to 12:30pm
  • 12:30pm to 1:00pm

Silk Road Teas' session will introduce, discuss and taste rare, artisanal teas from China. These select teas are grown on small traditional farms, made each harvest season in very limited quantities & crafted to local customs in processing and taste profile. Presenting 3 varieties of "fresh" green, oolong and black teas, participants will have the opportunity to learn how high-grade artisanal teas are grown, skillfully crafted and processed creating some of the world's finest tasting teas. Each tea will be brewed using a traditional Chinese tea service of Gaiwan and small porcelain tasting cups.

Max 12 Attendees
Free

Fu Zhuan Dark Tea - A Tea Tasting Adventure

Presenter: Char Gascho - Oolong Owl
Sep 28 2019 - 12:00pm to 12:30pm
Location: Workshop Booth 4

This tea tasting is for the adventurous tea drinker!

We will be drinking an obscure and strange tea called Fu Zhuan aka Fu Brick. Fu Zhuan is fermented, pressed into bricks, and then encouraged to grow mold, called Jin Hua or Golden Flowers, to spread in the tea that adds a unique flavor.

**Teas in this tasting may have been in contact with wheat flour or gluten**

Max 12 Attendees
Free

The Language of Tea and Wine

Presenter: James Norwood Pratt
Sep 28 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: Stage 1

I was perfectly prepared for a life in tea because I had previously written a book about wine. Wine and tea are both agricultural products which at their best become works of art yet may be enjoyed even at their humblest. To come into existence, both of them require the hand of man, his understanding and skill, to join with the hand of God, His plant, weather and terroir. The only reason to produce either is that we humans like the way they make us feel: Felicitous Phenomena!

You will discover the parallels between wine and tea—in names, tastes, history, religious origins and symbolisms, and in human culture and use over the centuries. I wish to delineate the unexpected ways each beverage sheds light on the other, quite beyond Lord Byron’s contrast
“Tis a pity wine should be so deleterious
For tea and coffee leave us much more serious".

Free

Experience Assam

Presenter: Roberta Fuhr
Sep 28 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: Workshop Booth 5

Assam is much more than an ordinary blending tea. With over 500 tea gardens in Assam, India, there are delicious dimensions to this tea yet many Assam fans have not had the opportunity to taste and compare a number of them at one time. Join us for a comparative tasting of seven different single-estate Assams and get better acquainted with this lovely robust tea. We'll also discuss and taste three popular breakfast blends that include Assam--English, Irish and Scottish--and what makes them unique.

Max 24 Attendees
$10 Fee

All early sale tickets have been sold for this session. There will be more tickets available at the festival. Arrive early for the best selection.


Practical Tea Ceremonies for a Better Cup

Presenter: Lionel Wang
Sep 28 2019 - 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Location: Workshop Booth 1

Tea ceremony does not have to be complicated. Its goal is to brew a better cup for your party. In the workshop, you will learn how to prepare for the ceremony, how to choose your tea wares, and how to brew good cups of tea for you and your friends. At the end of the session, you will take a cheat sheet that you can use in your everyday tea ceremony.

Max 24 Attendees
$10 Fee

All early sale tickets have been sold for this session. There will be more tickets available at the festival. Arrive early for the best selection.


Pu-erh Tasting for Newcomers

Presenter: Linda Louie
Sep 28 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Location: Workshop Booth 4

The many different varieties of pu-erh tea can lead to confusion for many newcomers. There is no better way to learn about this world-renowned tea than to personally taste the varied flavor profiles of a raw and a ripe pu-erh, and a young and aged pu-erh.

Max 12 Attendees
$10 Fee

All early sale tickets have been sold for this session. There will be more tickets available at the festival. Arrive early for the best selection.


The Global Tea Initiative at UC Davis: Overview and Updates

Presenter: Katharine Burnett
Sep 28 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Location: Stage 2

This talk provides an overview of and updates on the University of California at Davis’s Global Tea Initiative for the Study of Tea Culture and Science (GTI, https://globaltea.ucdavis.edu/). It describes its mission, goals, and the steps already taken on the path to becoming the Global Tea Institute. A Q&A follows the talk. Questions and suggestions are welcome.

Free

Korean Teas

Presenter: Tyler Peterson
Sep 28 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Location: Workshop Booth 3

Korea is not very well known for the teas that it grows, and many tea drinkers have never tried a Korean tea. There is a reason for this as tea has had a long and troubled history in Korea. This convoluted relationship has led to the rise and dominance of grain and herbal based drinks in Korea. In this class we will examine the roles of tea and religion in Korea and how Camillia sinensis came to play second fiddle to herbals and medicinals. While we will try several true teas from Korea, we will also sample a number of herbal, fruit, and grain based teas.

Max 24 Attendees
$10 Fee

All early sale tickets have been sold for this session. There will be more tickets available at the festival. Arrive early for the best selection.


Japanese Green Tea 101

Presenter: Kyohei Sugimoto
Sep 28 2019 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm
Location: Workshop Booth 2

General information about Japanese green tea and tea culture in Japan. You would learn how Japanese teas are different from others, how to brew Japanese teas, and how water temperature can change its flavor.

This tasting session is offered again Saturday in this workshop booth:

  • 1:30pm to 2:00pm 
Max 10 Attendees
Free

Journey into Pu-erh Tea

Presenter: Jeffrey McIntosh
Sep 28 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Location: Stage 1

Join with Jeffrey McIntosh as he shares with you his personal experience in the tea industry in the past 10 years, visiting multiple tea mountains and tea growing regions, he will share with you his journey and knowledge about Pu-erh tea, how to differentiate safe and clean Pu-erh tea and what are the health benefits of Pu-erh tea. For a more in-depth understanding of Pu-erh, be sure to check out Jeffrey's workshop: Introduction to Pu-erh Tea.

Free

Tea-Infused Italian Sodas

Presenter: Ward & Barbara Everson
Sep 28 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:00pm
Location: Workshop Booth 4

This session will show participants just how easy it is to incorporate exciting teas into a familiar beverage, and also how to prepare syrups for serving homemade Italian sodas at home. Participants will also have the option to try a soda made from a selection of prepared syrups.

This session is offered again Saturday in this workshop booth at: 2:00am to 2:30pm

Max 12 Attendees
Free

Experience the Wu-Wo Tea Ceremony

Presenter: NW Wu-Wo Tea Association
Sep 28 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Location: Workshop Booth 5

Grab your tea pot and come play with us! Everybody brews, everybody drinks tea! Or you are welcome to just watch and drink tea. Wu-Wo tea ceremony allows many participants to brew and share tea together at the same time. No experience necessary. If you would like to participate as a brewer, please watch the below video on the basics of the Wu-Wo ceremony and what to bring. Hot water will be provided.
Video: nwwuwotea.com: Basics of Wu-Wo

NOTE: This session will be held out in the Founder's Court outside if the weather permits. Check with the information desk for details.

Max 15 Brewers - 15 Observers
Free

Intro to Tea Meditation

Presenter: Suzette Hammond
Sep 28 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Location: Meditation Room

If you’ve ever felt soothed by the warmth of a cup of tea, you have felt the power of what tea can do for your well being. In this workshop, learn how meditating with tea calms the mind, grounds the body, and connects us to our senses. We’ll explore what a tea meditation practice looks like, discussing details like setting up a space at home, scheduling, items you may wish to use, and appropriate teas to consider. This workshop includes both lecture and guided meditation exercises. Appropriate for aspiring, beginner or experienced meditation practitioners.
Please bring your own yoga mat if you want to do this session on the floor.

Max 10 Attendees
Free

An Immersive tasting of Rare and Unusual Teas, Contemporary and Classic

Presenter: Kevin Gascoyne
Sep 28 2019 - 1:45pm to 3:15pm
Location: Workshop Booth 1

Veteran British tea taster Kevin Gascoyne, leads the group through an immersive tasting.  Exploring the flavor profiles and intimate details of a selection of rare and unusual teas, both contemporary and classic, from the Camellia Sinensis collection.
90 Minutes

Max 24 Attendees
$35 Fee

All early sale tickets have been sold for this session. There will be more tickets available at the festival. Arrive early for the best selection.


Japanese Tea Cultivars

Presenter: Noli Ergas
Sep 28 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Location: Workshop Booth 2

Just as with all domestic plants, tea also has many different varieties bred by man, which we call cultivars. Each cultivar has its own genetic material that leads to unique flavors, aromas, color, and other characteristics, which can only be properly appreciated in single-cultivar teas. In this tasting, we will sample several cultivars of Japanese tea in 1st harvest, single-estate senchas to enjoy the characters of the various cultivars.

Max 15 Attendees
$10 Fee

All early sale tickets have been sold for this session. There will be more tickets available at the festival. Arrive early for the best selection.


Tea Etiquette

Presenter: Bernadette Petrotta
Sep 28 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Location: Stage 2

Discussion on the brief history of tea which includes how tea began in China and spread to Europe and America, The Boston Tea Party, Anna Maria Stanhope (The Duchess of Bedford), Queen Victoria’s role in taking tea, and more;

Instruction on styles of tea service such as High Tea, Afternoon Tea, Low Tea, The Elevenses and more;
Demonstration on enjoying an afternoon at a teahouse or a friend’s home which includes making an entrance, introducing yourself and others, information on wearing gloves, how to handshake properly, how to take your seat at the table, and knowledge of where to place your purse, briefcase, eyeglasses and eyeglass case;
Information on how to be a gracious hostess which includes invitation protocol, how to set a buffet tea table, how to set an intimate tea tray, and how to serve tea properly;

Demonstration of Continental and American dining, dessert dining with a fork and spoon, and dining with a cup and saucer.

Free

Learn how to bring tea into your Daily Life

Presenter: Thomas Shu, Josephine Pan
Sep 28 2019 - 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Location: Workshop Booth 3

Join tea experts Josephine Pan and Thomas Shu and learn why fine tea drinking is still not in American’s daily life? Why can’t you find fine tea selling over the counter, to American mainstream markets?
Do you just rely on teapots to brew your tea? Brewing tea only in teapots can limit you. They will show you how to expand your experience with fine tea and integrate tea more completely into your daily life. They will take you beyond just brewing teas in a teapot and introduce you to the advantages of brewing tea in your own Personal Tea Tasting Set (provided with your registration).
A new tz (Fine tea made Easy) concept, will also be discussed. Practice with hands-on personal tastings of 3 Taiwan Oolongs tz: Jade, Gold, Ruby. 
In addition,
Learn the basics of how to prepare for a tea party of your own which will include food pairing suggestions. Alternatives to just serving hot tea will be discussed, chilled tea vs iced tea. 
All attendees will leave with their own very useful Personal Tea Tasting Cupping Set to use to practice at home.

Max 24 Attendees
$35 Fee

Combining Tea and Chocolate

Presenter: Ward & Barbara Everson
Sep 28 2019 - 2:30pm to 3:00pm
Location: Workshop Booth 4

Participants will sample varying grades of chocolate along with a selection of teas as we explore the pairing of teas and chocolate to develop our own conclusions about agreeable combinations. There may even be chocolate treats for the adventurous.

Max 12 Attendees
Free

Unique Kenyan Teas

Presenter: Roberta Fuhr
Sep 28 2019 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm
Location: Workshop Booth 2

Join me for a tasting of some exquisite, premium quality teas produced by small growers in Kenya.  Kenya has been a tea-producing country since 1903 and is most commonly known for everyday CTC tea, however the teas we'll taste defy the ordinary.

Max 12 Attendees
Free

Pairing Tea and Bourbon

Presenter: Bruce Richardson
Sep 28 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Location: Workshop Booth 5

When Bruce Richardson isn’t talking about tea, he’s lecturing on his state’s signature beverage – Bourbon. Richardson is a graduate of the Woodford Reserve Bourbon Academy where he has made four appearances at Tea and Bourbon Designer Dinners hosted by the world-famous distillery. Students will experience how certain foods influence the way we taste both Bourbon and tea before they are led through a guided pairing experience. Participants will focus their tasting skills as they look for common flavor notes and influencers found in two of the world’s most fascinating beverages. Past audiences have included World Tea Expo, SIAL Shanghai, and the Chicago International Tea Festival.

Must be at least 21 years of age with photo ID to attend
90 Minutes

Max 24 Attendees
$30 Fee

All early sale tickets have been sold for this session. There will be more tickets available at the festival. Arrive early for the best selection.


Teas from Konishi-san

Presenter: Tyler Peterson
Sep 28 2019 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm
Location: Workshop Booth 4

Hailing from the major tea producing region of Shizuoka Prefecture in Japan, Konishi-san is a tea making genius. On his small 5-acre farm he produces some of the most spectacular teas and in this tasting workshop we will sample through several of them. We will gain insight into his process and what the life of a Japanese tea farmer is like as well as learning more about Japanese teas in general.

This tasting session is offered again Saturday in this workshop booth at:3:30pm to 4:00pm

Max 12 Attendees
Free

Drink to your health: The nutrition science of tea

Presenter: Robert Hackman
Sep 28 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Stage 1

While most of us believe that regular consumption of tea is good for one’s health, scientific data to support this idea is amazingly limited. This session will outline the complexities in conducting clinical studies on tea, the need for basic metabolic information, and the exciting new tea research published in the past few years. The aroma, warmth, and feeling in the mouth, gums, and throat after drinking good tea are wonderful. While challenging to quantify in a scientific paradigm, the enjoyment of tea is thousands of years old, and is something to be savored!

Free

Science of Relaxation and Tea Meditation

Presenter: Suzette Hammond
Sep 28 2019 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Location: Meditation Room

“Our goal is to focus on doing less of that which erodes us and more of that which sustains us.” – Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, Trauma Stewardship Institute.
In this workshop, we explore the science of how mindfulness reduces stress response - and why that’s so critical for our health – and how using tea in our meditation work can help us reconnect and relax in a very unique way. Includes guided meditation exercises with tea drinking, with the goal of creating a very adaptable, easy to follow daily practice.
Please bring your own yoga mat if you want to do this session on the floor.

Max 10 Attendees
Free

Tea Blogger Round-table

Presenter: Cinnabar Wright
Sep 28 2019 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Location: Workshop Booth 2

The presentation will be a moderated panel discussion, with topics including policies on tea reviews, what they share with other bloggers, how writing about tea is unique, what their process is for researching articles, technical elements and challenges.

Max 15 Attendees
Free

Drinking the Garden: From Ground to Cup

Presenter: Friday Elliott
Sep 28 2019 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Location: Workshop Booth 1

Whether puttering around in your garden or taking a walk through the woods, delicious plants are all around us! Come learn what delicious wonders are available in your everyday life, and how to create your own herbal teas!

Max 24 Attendees
$10 Fee

All early sale tickets have been sold for this session. There will be more tickets available at the festival. Arrive early for the best selection.


Matcha: Fact or Fiction?

Presenter: Noli Ergas
Sep 28 2019 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Location: Stage 2

Matcha has received a superfood spotlight, giving it a rise in popularity greater than any other tea since chai. However, with relatively little historical information recorded in English sources, there are a lot of "facts" floating around that are less than accurate. We will review the definition of matcha, its history, and health benefits, while dispelling several myths. Attendees will learn about matcha more deeply based on scientific research and modern industry practices, as well as how to avoid the pitfalls of misinformed marketing hype and progress-impeding purists.

Free

Tea Cocktails Extravaganza

Presenter: Agnieszka Rapacz
Sep 28 2019 - 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Location: Workshop Booth 3

During the event you will be tasting 5 unique tea cocktails, presented with few ideas to decorate them and you will leave with over 10 recipes of amazing tea cocktails.

Must be at least 21 years of age with photo ID to attend

Max 24 Attendees
$30 Fee

All early sale tickets have been sold for this session. There will be more tickets available at the festival. Arrive early for the best selection.


Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong and its rich tale

Presenter: Rainy Huang
Sep 28 2019 - 4:00pm to 4:30pm
Location: Workshop Booth 4

We will cover a brief general intro of Phoenix Oolong, its difference from other oolong teas, and how to distinguish high quality Phoenix teas.

Max 12 Attendees
Free

US/Taiwan Tea Connection

Presenter: Thomas Shu
Sep 28 2019 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Location: Stage 1

Celebrate 150 Years of US/Taiwan Tea Connection (1869 - 2019) -
Taiwan tea ambassador Thomas Shu will take you through each important moment and discuss how both countries have developed and shared their advances in food, wine and tea.
How the British tea merchants got the idea to sail Formosa Oolong directly from Taiwan to US.
In 1976, how the competition between California and French wines led to Light up Taiwan's single estate, single cultivar tea farms and inspired the Lugu Tea Contest for Taiwan Oolong.
Developments in the US and Taiwan continued with McDonald's Hamburger University, inspiring the Boba Colleges in Taiwan, bringing Boba Tea or Bubble Tea all over the World. 

He will finish, with a presentation of a 2019 World Class Tea Adventure - Laopi Tea Farm, a brand new approach of Technology, Ecology, and Food Safety producing tea.

Free

Advanced Pu-erh Tasting

Presenter: Linda Louie
Sep 28 2019 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Location: Workshop Booth 4

High quality pu-erh tea possesses not only rich flavors, it is prized for the sensory experiences felt by its drinkers. In this guided tasting session, learn how to discern the texture, the subtlety, the complexity, the mouthfeel and the aftertaste (called "gan") of pu-erh tea.

Max 12 Attendees
$10 Fee

All early sale tickets have been sold for this session. There will be more tickets available at the festival. Arrive early for the best selection.


Reading Signals from Nature in Tea Farming

Presenter: Taka Ino
Sep 28 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: Stage 2

Nature makes teas that that allow drinkers to connect with themselves and their environments. Modern farming practices seek to replace nature, but the old style of farming still exists if we pursue it. When sparrows become invisible in neighboring persimmon trees, it is time to spread open the reed mat. And when crows become invisible, it is time to cover with straw. Join me to hear what I've learned about growing tea in nature from other tea farmers in Japan. Learn how natural signals can be used in other tea growing areas, and how I use them on my farm on Hawaii island.

Free

Teaware Through Time

Presenter: Betsy Meyer
Sep 28 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: Workshop Booth 5

Explore the varieties of teaware used for brewing, drinking, and storing tea, from the origins of tea drinking in China in the 3rd century AD, it’s spread to other Eastern countries, and then onto the Western world starting in the 17th century AD. The class will include illustrations and hands-on examples of teaware through various times and cultures.

Max 24 Attendees
$10 Fee

All early sale tickets have been sold for this session. There will be more tickets available at the festival. Arrive early for the best selection.


The Science behind Tea

Presenter: Lionel Wang
Sep 28 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: Workshop Booth 1

Tea might be your favorite drink, but it is a lot to take in. So many kinds of subtle styles of tastes and smells. And why there are so many kinds of colors of tea if they are all from the same kind of bush. Come to the session and learn the answers to all those questions.

Max 24 Attendees
$10 Fee

All early sale tickets have been sold for this session. There will be more tickets available at the festival. Arrive early for the best selection.


Tea and wine cultures: an exploration

Presenter: Gabriel Lukeris
Sep 28 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: Workshop Booth 3

In this session we will explore the many aspects of wine and tea culture by doing a series of tastings of European wines and Chinese teas. The goal is to delve into what makes these two beverages so unique in their ability to capture place, define culture, and unite agriculture with the humanities. Please be prepared to get philosophical.

Must be at least 21 years of age with photo ID to attend

Max 20 Attendees
$30 Fee

Taiwanese Tea Tasting

Presenter: Sally Wei
Sep 28 2019 - 5:30pm to 6:00pm
Location: Workshop Booth 2

Taiwan is proud of its famous Oolong and many other lesser known teas. Do you know why “Pao Chong” teas are wrapped in paper? How many “rollings” does Alisan High Mountain tea require? Why do Taiwan’s black teas grow near the Sun Moon Lake? Come and taste the most beloved teas of the most mountainous country in Asia and learn why they are so treasured by the Taiwanese people.

Note:This tea tasting will be repeated again Sunday 3:30pm-4:00pm in this booth.

Max 12 Attendees
Free

2019 Festival Sunday

Samovar Tea For Beginners

Presenter: Charles Dawson, Laurie Dawson
Sep 29 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am
Location: Workshop Booth 3

This will be a hands-on workshop to experience tea made with a samovar in a variety of different ways, focusing on traditions of Russia and Eastern Europe. This is a class for those new to samovars and is appropriate for all ages and experience levels.

Max 20 attendees
$10 Fee

All early sale tickets have been sold for this session. There will be more tickets available at the festival. Arrive early for the best selection.


Varieties of White Tea

Presenter: Char Gascho - Oolong Owl
Sep 29 2019 - 10:30am to 11:00am
Location: Workshop Booth 4

Interested in tasting flavorful white teas? Puzzled about all the different names and types of white tea?

Together we will deep dive and compare different varieties of white teas in terms of appearance, taste, and quality. From this tasting, you’ll learn brewing tricks and maybe find a new favorite type of white tea.

Max 12 Attendees
Free

The Real Deal: Tasting "Fake" vs "Real" Iconic Teas

Presenter: Rie Tulali
Sep 29 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am
Location: Workshop Booth 5

In this workshop, we will practice tea authentication by tasting famous, often-faked teas alongside their common dupes. Learn the tell-tale markers of high quality teas, and gain confidence in buying teas on the market at the right price, value, and level of authenticity for you.

Max 24 Attendees
$10 Fee

All early sale tickets have been sold for this session. There will be more tickets available at the festival. Arrive early for the best selection.


Jing Si (Still Thoughts) Tea Ceremony

Presenter: Sally Wei
Sep 29 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am
Location: Stage 1

Brewing tea is more than just making a beverage: The procedure unfolds fundamentals of self-cultivation and our interactions with others. In so doing, we can come to understand universal truths of life. When we share this with others, we serve to unite all living beings.
Through the preparation of tea, Jing Si Tea Ceremony will provide the understanding of universal teachings in Buddhism and beyond.

Free

Introduction to Pu-erh Tea

Presenter: Jeffrey McIntosh
Sep 29 2019 - 10:45am to 11:45am
Location: Workshop Booth 1

Pu-erh expert Jeffrey McIntosh will help you to discover what makes Pu-erh so mystical, including differentiating between raw and ripe variations, properly brewing and storing Pu-erh, exploring tea fermentation, health benefits, and tasting notes unique to both raw and ripe Pu-erh teas.

Savor selected clean Pu-erh teas and walk away feeling confident in your newfound knowledge. A Q&A session for the participants follows the tea tasting session.

Be sure to check out Jeffrey's free presentation on Saturday at 1:30 - Stage #1: Journey into Pu-erh.

Max 24 Attendees
$30 Fee

Rare & Artisan Teas of China

Presenter: Catherine & Ned Heagerty
Sep 29 2019 - 11:00am to 11:30am
Location: Workshop Booth 2

This tasting session is offered again Sunday in this workshop booth at:

  • 11:30am to 12:00pm 
  • 12:00pm to 12:30pm
  • 12:30pm to 1:00pm

Silk Road Teas will introduce and serve three handmade, rare teas from China. These select teas are grown on small farms using traditional cultivation and processing methods.  The teas presented are not typically available for export, are produced in limited quantities & often crafted to local tastes.  You will experience a variety of flavors and learn where these artisanal teas are grown and how they are skillfully crafted creating some of the world's finest teas. Teas will be served using a traditional Chinese tea service.

Max 12 attendees
Free

Power of Matcha

Presenter: Agnieszka Rapacz
Sep 29 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Location: Workshop Booth 4

The session will cover the history of matcha, detailed lecture on varieties of matcha, benefits and daily use, making your own matcha, buying the right matcha and tasting of 3 different grades of matcha.

Max 15 Attendees
Free

An Intro to Indian Teas

Presenter: Raj Vable
Sep 29 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Location: Stage 2

From the towering Himalayas of Darjeeling to the hot tropical planes of Assam, Indian teas are among the most familiar in the world. Join us as we venture through the history and mystery of the world' second largest producer. We'll take a tour of India by cup, covering the established and emerging regions of this dynamic tea producing country.

Free

Party Trick Teas: Using Chemistry to Show Off

Presenter: Friday Elliott
Sep 29 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: Workshop Booth 4

Who doesn't love a flashy party trick? Let local tea wizard Friday Elliott teach you how to use botany and chemistry to show off for your friends and family. Dramatic color shifts, blooming tricks and sparkles for extra flair!

Max 15 Attendees
$10 Fee

All early sale tickets have been sold for this session. There will be more tickets available at the festival. Arrive early for the best selection.


The Book of Tea and the Beautiful Foolishness of Things

Presenter: Bruce Richardson
Sep 29 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: Stage 1

One of the favorite books of American artist Georgia O’Keeffe was The Book of Tea, written in 1906 by Okakura Kakuzo, Curator at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. The Book of Tea was Okakura’s masterful attempt to translate the tea spirit of the East to an American culture caught up in opulent materialism. Let us drink tea and “linger in the beautiful foolishness of things,” he wrote. “Strangely enough, humanity has so far met in a teacup.”

Okakura scholar Bruce Richardson brings to life the fascinating story of a Japanese artist who inspired the West’s understanding of tea, art, and architecture while using the common metaphor of a teacup.

Free

Energetics of Tea in Meditation

Presenter: Suzette Hammond
Sep 29 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Location: Meditation Room

Everything in our life shifts with the seasons – shouldn’t our tea practice, also? Through comparative tasting and guided meditation, this workshop will teach you how to choose teas to fit your needs throughout the year. Experience the basic energetic properties across a range of teas – qualities like warming or cooling, grounding or energizing. Appropriate for aspiring, beginner or experienced meditation practitioners.
Please bring your own yoga mat if you want to do this session on the floor.

90 Minutes

Max 10 Attendees
Free

Elegant Chinese Tea Table Set Up in 10 minutes!

Presenter: Sally Wei
Sep 29 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: Workshop Booth 3

It is said that the Gong Fu Style brewing is the preferred method to taste fine teas. However, the equipment involved and the perceived complexity of preparation often intimidate many tea lovers. Come and learn how to prepare an elegant Chinese tea table setting step-by-step with guaranteed success! When orderly done with this method, you will soon see how easy it is to arrange the necessary utensils and create a simple yet effective atmosphere “Gong Fu” Style!

Max 24 Attendees
$15 Fee

The Wonderful World of Oolongs

Presenter: Dewey Meyer
Sep 29 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: Workshop Booth 5

Oolongs occupy an expansive range of oxidation spanning between green tea and black tea. Learn how they are processed, and what makes them different from other teas. Sample oolongs from around the world starting with China, their country of origin, on to the continent of Africa, and then right here to a farm in Oregon. Experience the sensory delights of oolongs for yourself.

Max 20 Attendees
$20 Fee

All early sale tickets have been sold for this session. There will be more available at the festival. Arrive early for the best selection.


Organic Chinese Green Tea

Presenter: Qing Wood
Sep 29 2019 - 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Location: Workshop Booth 1

Join Qing Wood and learn about the rich history and culture of Chinese teas. Both organic and conventional teas will be discussed along with types, origins, characteristics and taste. The many health benefits will be reviewed along with some guidelines you can use to select the best teas.

Max 24 Attendees
Free

Tea and Terroir

Presenter: Kevin Gascoyne
Sep 29 2019 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Location: Stage 2

‘‘Every tea origin has its own unique combination of meteorological, geographical and geological specifics that separates it from all other growing environments.  These variables will stimulate or inhibit the growth patterns of the plant, reactions that create a sense of place and identity.  A series of physical and chemical markers that become the distinguishing features of every 'origin specific' production’
90 Minutes

Free

Comparing Green Teas

Presenter: Amy Riffle
Sep 29 2019 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm
Location: Workshop Booth 2

During this tasting you'll sample and compare green teas from China, Japan and Korea. You'll learn how the difference in processing the tea leaves affects the appearance and taste of the steeped tea. In addition you'll learn the proper temperature and time for optimally steeping each tea.

Max 12 Attendees
Free

Tea-Infused Italian Sodas

Presenter: Ward & Barbara Everson
Sep 29 2019 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm
Location: Workshop Booth 4

This session will show participants just how easy it is to incorporate exciting teas into a familiar beverage, and also how to prepare syrups for serving homemade Italian sodas at home. Participants will also have the option to try a soda made from a selection of prepared syrups.

This tasting session is offered again Sunday in this workshop booth at:1:30pm to 2:00pm.

Max 12 Attendees
Free

How to Create Your Own Herbal Blends

Presenter: Will Sullivan
Sep 29 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Location: Workshop Booth 2

In this class we will focus on blending different herbs for both flavor and effect. We will cover a brief history of herbal medicine, some of the therapeutic aspects of the herbs, and how to combine them in the most delicious, advantageous manner. Guests will create their own herbal blends with provided materials and be able to take them home!

Max12 Attendees
$10 Fee

All early sale tickets have been sold for this session. There will be more available at the festival. Arrive early for the best selection.


Legends & Scandals of Tea...Party!

Presenter: Roberta Fuhr
Sep 29 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Location: Workshop Booth 5

Besides being a delicious warming beverage, tea has a rich and colorful history! Engage in tales of thwarted love, alleged spies, royalty, courageous aristocrats and more. We'll taste a selection of teas and indulge in tea foods while we explore fun and fascinating stories. How did tea actually make its way through the world? At this party you'll meet the legendary characters that helped shape our modern customs and enjoyment of tea.

Max 24 Attendees
$20 Fee

Tea 101: Everything You Need to Know About Tea in Less Than One Hour

Presenter: Christopher Gronbeck
Sep 29 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Location: Workshop Booth 3

Are you new to the world of fine tea? Are you just beginning to appreciate tea's depth and beauty? Do you want to get the most out of the NW Tea Festival? This introductory workshop is a crash course on tea: its history, where and how it's grown, how it's picked and processed to create different styles, how to store and brew it, and debunking the most common myths and misunderstandings. All in a whirlwind 50 minutes, while we sample some of the world's most famous teas!

Max 24 Attendees
$15 Fee

Is there GMO in my tea?

Presenter: Nigel Melican
Sep 29 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Location: Stage 1

GMO foods - produced by transgenic breeding - doubted and feared by many consumers are shrouded in secrecy and are heavily protected by Big Business patents. Banned in some countries yet, with global trading, they pop up uninvited in surprising places. But surely not in your teacup? Would you know? In this session, we will lift a few stones and uncover some secrets. What do the molecular scientists plan for tea? Is your tea DNA spliced with jellyfish DNA? Are GMO cultivars taking over the tea fields? Has Monsanto tinkered with your teabag? Unthinkable - or is it?
Nigel Melican has been penetrating the veil of secrecy and will answer all these questions, and more.

Free

ART/Tea - Focus Artificial Intelligence

Presenter: Jeni Dodd, Jessica Davidson
Sep 29 2019 - 1:45pm to 2:45pm
Location: Workshop Booth 1

Expand your senses in this innovative sensory experience where we pair tea with particular art that highlights the common aesthetic qualities of both. This unique approach to tea appreciation will be further enhanced by the debut of AI (Artificial Intelligence) tea created artworks, that is, autonomously generated novel images using an art-focused algorithm for acquiring deep aesthetic knowledge and inspired by the aesthetic beauty of the world of tea. An extraordinary opportunity for amazing tea celebration!

Max 24 Attendees
$15 Fee

Combining Tea and Chocolate

Presenter: Ward & Barbara Everson
Sep 29 2019 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm
Location: Workshop Booth 4

Participants will sample varying grades of chocolate along with a selection of teas as we explore the pairing of teas and chocolate to develop our own conclusions about agreeable combinations. There may even be chocolate treats for the adventurous.

Max 12 Attendees
Free

The Surprising History of India's Deep Chai Culture

Presenter: Elyse Petersen
Sep 29 2019 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Location: Stage 2

Chai has become a pillar of India's culture. Contemporary generations of Indian people embrace tea as a part of their country's rich history, but the culture of tea drinking in India is a modern phenomenon. In this presentation, learn about the indigenous tea culture of India and the modern mass culture of tea that has manifested itself into a customized masala blend for each household and satiating chai stalls throughout the streets of the country.

Free

Tea & Mindful Breathing (Pranayama)

Presenter: Suzette Hammond
Sep 29 2019 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Location: Meditation Room

Pranayama is the traditional yogic practice of becoming familiar with our breathing patterns, through techniques to gently release tension. Intentional breathing is also inseparably linked to tea meditation practice and ceremony. This serene, internally focused workshop incorporates mindful movement and breath direction exercises with meditative tea drinking.
Please bring your own yoga mat if you want to do this session on the floor.

Max 10 Attendees
Free

Green Tea Grades

Presenter: Noli Ergas
Sep 29 2019 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Location: Workshop Booth 2

Tea quality lies on a spectrum. As an agricultural product, there is great variance in tea quality based on many factors: harvest timing, cultivar, elevation, growing area, farmers’ skill, and processing, to name a few. Higher quality, as determined by tea professionals, is indicative of a higher grade of tea. This tasting will A/B several Japanese green teas (sencha, gyokuro, and matcha) to help attendees identify the qualities that characterize a higher-grade tea from a lower-grade tea.

Max 15 Attendees
$10 Fee

All early sale tickets have been sold for this session. There will be more tickets available at the festival. Arrive early for the best selection.


White teas from young to aged

Presenter: Rainy Huang
Sep 29 2019 - 2:30pm to 3:00pm
Location: Workshop Booth 4

We will talk about how white tea is produced and the aging process as well as the difference of aged white tea cake and aged loose leaf white tea.

Max 12 Attendees
Free

Your Relationship With Tea

Presenter: Holly Furen
Sep 29 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Workshop Booth 5

Tea enthusiasts will learn about how to cultivate a proper relationship with tea, from creating a personal tradition to developing the perfect cup. Find out what is needed to brew the optimal flavor, what should be brewed by the time of the day, and the differences between all of the different varieties of teas.

Max 24 Attendees
Free

The language of tea: understanding tea traditions around the world

Presenter: Victoria Gnatoka
Sep 29 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Stage 1

Did you ever wonder why China has lengthy tea ceremonies or black tea is combined with butter in Tibet? These and many other unique tea traditions around the world will be covered during this presentation including rich history of tea and cultural significance in different continents and countries.

Free

USA Tea - A Brief History & Tasting

Presenter: Christopher Gronbeck
Sep 29 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Workshop Booth 3

Yes, tea is grown in the United States! We'll go on a tasting tour of the tea farms of Hawaii and the mainland, including greens, blacks & whites, and discuss how well true tea (Camellia sinensis) grows in this country, and how domestic tea differs from imports. Can you pick out any characteristics common to USA teas?

Max 24 Attendees
$15 Fee

What I've Learned from Traveling in China to Buy Tea

Presenter: Eric Suen
Sep 29 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Workshop Booth 1
Ever since I started drinking tea, I realized that to truly understand it, I would need to personally visit China to learn directly from the source. Each year during Spring, I travel to various tea regions in Taiwan and China (Yunnan, Fujian, and Guangdong) to meet with farmers and producers to understand their lifestyle, see how they produce tea, and taste the product they work so hard to produce. With each subsequent sourcing trip, my network of farmers & producers has grown, my palate has developed, and my appreciation for the world of tea deepens. 
In this presentation, I’ll be sharing pictures and videos of my experiences and talking about things I’ve learned along the way. Hopefully, after this session, you will be inspired to visit some of these regions and gain a better understanding of tea culture.
Max 24 Attendees
$10 Fee

Taiwanese Tea Tasting

Presenter: Sally Wei
Sep 29 2019 - 3:30pm to 4:00pm
Location: Workshop Booth 2

Taiwan is proud of its famous Oolong and many other lesser known teas. Do you know why “Pao Chong” teas are wrapped in paper? How many “rollings” does Alisan High Mountain tea require? Why do Taiwan’s black teas grow near the Sun Moon Lake? Come and taste the most beloved teas of the most mountainous country in Asia and learn why they are so treasured by the Taiwanese people.

Max 12 Attendees
Free