Given the size of the NW Tea Festival, the Fischer Pavilion at Seattle Center was a perfect choice. I would rather attend a festival that feels a little crowded than attend a festival with a few booths and way too much physical space. It’s like having 6 chairs in an auditorium. And the Festival is growing every year.
The Fischer Pavilion was just the right size; a cozy and comfortable size. There were people galore. For a donation of $10, you received a small tea cup, with which to sample various teas from the vendors. Almost everyone had samples, and I sampled almost everything. Jazzed, but not over-caffeinated. Booths were well represented: An Afternoon to Remember, with Pumpkin flavored teas that were like dessert, Tea Master, the Chado Tea Room. I remember visiting Los Angeles several years ago, and my pal took me to a well known tea room in the LA area, and it turned out to be Chado. Small world.
In addition, there was Choice Organic Teas, with some fabulous samplings; Eco Teas, and Kombucha Wonder Drink. I tried Kombucha again, as I have over the last couple of years. I think that it may be an acquired taste that I haven’t yet developed. Still, I sampled it, and was glad for the opportunity. Only by going to the NW Tea Festival can you do that. No one has to like everything, but you defeat the purpose of the Festival if you don’t at least try new things. Taste buds change over the years. What you don’t like today, you might like tomorrow. Maybe there’s hope for me next year.
Market Spice Tea was represented, along with the Perennial Tea Room, Phoenix Tea, SA Japanese Green Tea, Teahouse Kuan Yin, Tea Lady, and a new addition, Snow Lotus fine Teas, from Edmonds. This was their first year, and their booth was packed with tea samplers, wanting to try the “new kid in town.” The response was positive for the simple, organic teas, and the clean, minimalist decor. I understand clutter, but I personally love sparse. But that’s just me.
The Jasmine Pearl Tea Merchants, from Portland, Oregon, were just around the corner, near the stage for lectures and demonstrations. There was a tea tasting by Silk Road Teas, as well as food vendors including 3.14 Bakery, Anita’s Crepes, and Hallava Falafel. Wendy Ann Creations had a booth chock full of tea cozies, pot holders, and other such whimseys.
It was a fun weekend of tea, with absolutely gorgeous, warm weather for this time of year.
If you missed it this year, plan on attending next year.