Thank you to all these great 2018 Festival Sponsors

These fine organizations are helping to make our 2018 festival possible!

In a rapidly changing world, timelessness has become a rare virtue, and a seemingly impossible feat. In a world full of shortcuts and compromise, Denong Tea seeks out the timeless. In 1998, their parent company Denong Tea Company first started conducting tea-related trade in Yunnan Province, China. In 2005, they expanded and began manufacturing, storing, trading and auctioning Pu-erh tea. They were soon awarded numerous accolades after quickly earning the respect of both their customers and peers in the Pu-erh tea industry. After the company’s success in China, Denong Tea opened up additional branches in Hong Kong and Taiwan. All throughout the world, the name Denong has come to represent an assurance of quality and dignity. Denong Tea Inc. was established as its US branch in 2012, and was officially launched in March 2016. Since then, they’ve dedicated themselves to sharing the miracle of Pu-erh with an American audience.
They have opened the flagship store in Pasadena on 11/11/2017. 
 
Store address: 482 S. Arroyo Parkway #108, Pasadena, CA 91105.

Harney & Sons was founded in 1983 in Salisbury, Connecticut and is now based in Millerton, New York. Specializing in high-quality loose teas and tisanes, and offer several products that are organic and certified kosher.

Harney & Sons distributes to restaurants, hotels, and specialty shops. Institutions that serve their teas include Barnes & Noble cafés (which offer Harney teas exclusively), Four Seasons Hotels, and the Hotel Affinia in Chicago. A Harney & Sons tasting room, tea shop is located in Millerton, where the company has a factory. On November 16, 2010, the company opened a tasting room in Soho, New York City. The Harney and Sons Guide to Tea, co-authored by Michael Harney (son of company founder John Harney), was nominated for a James Beard Foundation book award in 2009.

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ITO EN (North America) Inc. was founded in May 2001 with the mission of introducing ITO EN's line of green tea products and establishing a culture and interest in authentic green tea in the United States and beyond. In order to accomplish these goals, the company developed a three-tier strategy, simultaneously entering the beverage wholesale, retail, and restaurant industries.

The breadth of ITO EN (North America) Inc. is increasing through the development of new beverage and loose leaf tea products, the expansion of its distribution network to a national level, and the growth of its ecommerce operations. With the attention of industry, the media, and the public, ITO EN (North America) Inc. is well on its way to making green tea a true part of the new American culture.

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Today, Smacha,Tea Master and C.C. Fine Tea imports, exports, manufactures, grows tea and manufactures tea-ware. We are able to control every aspect of the production process, from care of the gardens, to the firing and brewing of tea. Our organic green teas and organically controlled Oolong tea, White tea, and Black tea, allow us to offer a wide range of tea drinking satisfaction. Our oolong teas, from Fujian province, have won awards in China and in Japan, 2000 to 2002.
We have introduced the revolutionary TeaMaster Smart-Brew Cups. This innovative cup brings out the best in your tea. Enjoy the great fragrance and flavor that lingers on your palate.

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Media Sponsor BadgeTo quench the thirst of consumers who share a love of tea, Tea Time magazine shares inspirational tea-party menus, recipes, and table-setting ideas, tea-focused destinations and events, tea traditions, and much more. With colorful photographs and detailed articles, this magazine is edited for individuals with a taste for elegant entertaining and of course an appreciation for the culture and celebration that surrounds the art of tea.


After extensive travel and study in tea production and culture, Taka and Kimberly Ino founded Mauna Kea Tea on the Big Island of Hawaii to devote their lives and raise family, following the way of nature. Nature teaches us to cultivate pure and humble minds, intently observing and listening and to see the world without judgement. She forgives our mistakes and guides us back to the way of nature. Truly natural tea embodies these qualities and we hope you find them in your cup.

Our commitment to the environment is demonstrated through our farming practices. By joining the USDA National Organic Program, we have testified that we adhere to a set of legally binding regulations set forth by the USDA. Crops produced by natural farming methods have very little potential for contributing to pollution, and the soil fertility can be maintained indefinitely.

Our goal is to grow and process teas of exceptional purity and cleanliness and educate people about these qualities.

Please visit our booth while at the festival to sample our teas and learn more about their creation. You can also visit our website to order tea and tea related products as well as learn more about us and the teas we produce.

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Essential to Northwest Folklife is self-expression: communities bring their traditions, artists showcase their talents and audiences of all ages share and participate in the magic.

Northwest Folklife creates opportunities for all to celebrate, share, and participate in the evolving cultural traditions of the Pacific Northwest: community-powered, thanks to performers, participants, patrons, sponsors and volunteers.


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