Indulge your love of tea at the Sydney tea festival

Tea lovers are invited this weekend to discover, experience and connect with specialty teas from Australia and beyond at the Sydney Tea Festival, being held at Carriageworks in Eveleigh.

The one-day event on Sunday 20 August will feature a new do-it-yourself tea blending station and an interactive tea ceremony performance, together with a fresh program of workshops and talks hosted by leading industry experts.

Festival-goers can wander the tea market and taste a huge range of specialty loose leaf teas and tisanes including premium, single origin, organic and rare teas; healthy herbal blends; chocolate, chai, and iced teas; and a range of locally grown and globally sourced teas.

“Although tea is one of the country’s most popular non-alcoholic beverages, it’s probably one the most misunderstood,” festival co-founder Renee Creer said.

“The festival aims to change that, encouraging both tea novices and connoisseurs alike to discover and explore what specialty tea is all about.

“The tea industry in Australia is thriving,” Creer added. “There’s such diversity and creativity among tea purveyors right now and the festival is where you can taste and buy the best on offer, on the one day, in the one place.”

All visitors will receive with their (adult) ticket the festival’s signature porcelain cup, valued at $5, allowing them to sip their way through the day.

In addition, food on offer will cater to those seeking both sweet and savoury bites, with a range of food purveyors and trucks boasting global cuisine and tea-inspired creations.

Visitors can also participate in the ‘Tea with a Stranger’ tea ceremony performance, hosted by members of Ueda Sōko Ryū Australia.

Festival co-founder, Corinne Smith, described the interactive experience as a way of facilitating deep connection, openness and communication.

“Tea with a Stranger encourages people to leave their digital self behind and step into the vulnerability of face-to-face human connection facilitated by the sharing of tea,” she said.

Visit the Sydney Tea Festival website for more information.

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