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The new festival location was much more spacious than previous years which resulted in more vendors and better traffic flow.  

Northwest Tea Festival 2017


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For this tasting event, I introduced a selection of teas that are considered rare or hard to find, even within Japan. 

World of Tea Series: Rare Japanese Teas


Attendees experienced Japanese teas that are considered rare and unique, even within Japan. Heather Porter (Hanamichi) presented a selection of teas produced using unusual methods and teas that are rarely seen outside their growing region. This tasting session included dark teas, aged teas, and at least one tea that has almost ceased to exist.

Thanks to everyone who attended!  We hope you'll join us for the next World of Tea event.


The August 19th World of Tea event was a tasting of oolong teas, presented by The Happy Tea ManAndrew Goodman.  Andrew brewed, discussed, and told stories about five famous and delicious Oolong Teas; Baozhong, Shan Lin Xi, Tie Kwan Yin, Da Hong Pao, and Phoenix Mountain Dancong Mi Lan Xiang. 

Thanks to everyone who attended!  We hope you'll join us for the next World of Tea event.


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Since most of the teas we would be tasting were heicha (dark tea), Andrew explained the region-specific naming conventions.

World of Tea Series: Explore the Teas of Southern China


The July 15th World of Tea event was a tasting of teas from Southern China, presented by The Happy Tea ManAndrew Goodman. Attendees learned about the legend and history of teas from Southern China and their production and brewing. Different examples of Puer and Liu Bao were prepared and tasted during the class. 

Thanks to everyone who attended!  We hope you'll join us for the next World of Tea event.


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To kick off the event, everyone introduced themselves and shared their tea stories.  It's always interesting to hear how people came to tea, whether through fond memories of family traditions or through great teas discoveries later in life.

While the teas brewed, Andrew shared stories of his travels and insight into Wuyi tea production.

World of Tea Series: Wuyi Oolong Tasting


Northwest Tea Festival Founder and Planning Committee Chair, Julee Rosanoff, will be speaking in a Panel Discussion About Public Tea Festivals at World Tea Expo in Las Vegas on Thursday, June 15th. For those attending the Expo, this panel discussion will provide some valuable insight on how public tea festivals operate.

A panel discussion about the viability of open to the public tea festivals in the US as well as some of the pitfalls of and how-to tips for starting your own festival. Hosted by experienced tea festival organizers and industry educators from across the US, this panel discussion will enlighten you about the growing trend of open to the public tea festivals. The panelists will discuss the future of tea festivals in the US and industry attitudes towards them. Satisfy your curiosity about what everyone involved in a tea festival from sponsors through attendees stands to garner from them. The logistics of starting your own tea festival and some of the challenges of participating in one as a speaker or vendor will also be covered.

 

Learning Objectives

1. Gain insight into the public response to tea festivals. 
2. Gain direction needed to start a tea festival along with making contacts to support such a venture. 
3. Gain insight about the challenges and rewards of participating in a tea festival as a vendor, speaker or sponsor.
 


WUYI OOLONG TASTING
Hosted by Andrew Goodman (The Happy Tea Man)

The May 20th World of Tea event was a tasting of several Wuyi Oolongs, presented by The Happy Tea ManAndrew Goodman. The teas included familiar teas and lesser known teas, ranging in cost from $4/oz. to $25/oz., providing a broad overview of this wonderful category of teas.

Thanks to everyone who attended!  We hope you'll join us for the next World of Tea event.
 


PUER TEAS

Hosted by Crimson Lotus Teas

The April 15th World of Tea event was an educational tasting with Crimson Lotus Tea.  They brought a number of different Puer teas for event attendees to taste, and provided information on Puer tea and their experience with tea production in Yunnan.

Thanks to everyone who attended!  We hope you'll join us for the next World of Tea event in June.


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