A Gift of Tea…and your time – Tea Festivals!

At Kulov’s Tea Festival in LA this past weekend,  I noted many attendees were not alone. They were attending with friends or their Mom or siblings and having a fun time. Those who attended on their own were open to meeting new people and experiencing tea culture. Tea festivals boast tea education classes, tea vendors for shopping and more education, and food including cocktails, usually tea inspired recipes.

If you are struggling for a gift for a tea lover, why not consider taking them to a tea festival? If it is impossible to attend together because of distance,  give them two tickets so they can take a guest with them.  Don’t forget to include a gift certificate for shopping and enjoying afternoon tea.

Kulov’s Tea Festival is held annually in May in Los Angeles, CA. The event is actually still going on as this year the festivities are being held each weekend throughout the month of May. It is not too late to take advantage of the reasonably priced Mother’s Day activities going on this weekend.  (http://tealoversfestival.com/)

Kulov (the last name of the organizer of the tea festival) also organizes a tea bus tour in the fall, usually in October. Another great opportunity to gift a tea lover you care about with tickets or to spend time with them.

You don’t live in or near Los Angeles? No problem. There are tea festivals throughout the country. Check out the:
1. Northwest Tea Festival held annually the first weekend in October in Seattle, WA. http://www.nwteafestival.com/.
2. The Rocky Mountain Tea Festival in Boulder, CO held annually the last weekend in July. http://www.boulderteahouse.com/rocky-mountain-tea-festival/
3. The NYC Coffee and Tea Festival held annually at the end of February in NYC. http://www.coffeeandteafestival.com/. The organizers of this event, which actually sold out this year, have also created similar events in Philadelphia and now Atlantic City. The event in Atlantic City will be held in early November. Do not be put off, tea culture holds equal billing with coffee at the Coffee and Tea Festival.
4. The owners of the Chado Tea Rooms and International Tea Importers, supporters of the Northwest Tea Festival, have begun the International Tea Festivals in LA (http://www.teafestivalla.com/) and San Francisco http://sfinternationalteafestival.com/festival-speakers/roy-fong/.  The first annual International Tea Festival in San Francisco was held this past February, the same date as the first day of the NYC Coffee and Tea Festival.

OK, so a day at a tea festival stiffens your back and churns your stomach, you love your friends and family, but the idea of a daylong tea event makes your head ache?? I do not know of anyone who enjoys drinking tea that would not enjoy spending time with you at a tearoom or tea café. Make a gift of taking the birthday boy/girl out for a tea centric meal.  Check out www.teamap.com, a tearoom directory sponsored by Adagio Teas. Find the nearest tearoom, make a reservation, and watch their special day turn into an event they will not soon forget. 

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