I love festivals. They are busy, noisy, crowded, overstimulating, and fun. You have to know that before arriving, or you will have an experience that you won’t fondly remember. They pump us up, show us things, invite us to try new things without committing ourselves to big purchases which we hate when we get home. They are a way to have many experiences in a short amount of time.
I just went to the Chocolate Festival, here in Seattle. Sure enough, herds of people wanting to sample everything. Me too. Waiting my impatient turn, I met several fellow chocolate enthusiasts, all of us gushing over the choices. I sampled everything I could get my hands on, chatting up vendors and attendees alike. Me, talking to total strangers, and finding them interesting. Amazing!
As a bonus, I attended a seminar and learned how to temper chocolate. I was wowed! Now I have a soon-to-be new hobby.
Festivals are about experiencing new ideas, new tastes, like-minded people, and learning a few things. They open the world to us, forcing us out of our comfort zones to embrace the unknown. And find that new flavors are not so awful, and festival people not so different than ourselves.
Now the NW Tea Festival arrives here in Seattle on Sat, Oct 6, and continues Oct 7. I am going to try every new tea I can, and go to as many seminars as I have time. This is a fun opportunity to get out and try new teas, meet tea vendors and owners of tea establishments, and engage with other tea lovers. It’s a small but engaging group.
There will be lots of teas to taste. For a $10 donation, you receive a tea cup with which you can travel from vendor to vendor, tasting their wares. There will be local tea people, and out of town tea vendors as well. If you find a tea you like, the vendors are there to talk about all their offerings, from where their tea comes, how best to steep it, how you can branch out to different teas based on what you already like, and how to order more. It’s like Alice in Wonderland, down the rabbit hole. Nothing but wonder.
Why anyone would miss this is beyond me. Get up, get going, get out, try new teas. Or revisit old teas, and make new acquaintances. It’s all happening next weekend.
The NW Tea Festival, Oct 6 & 7, Fischer Pavilion, Seattle Center.