SF International Tea Festival

TEA! Green tea, white tea, black tea... any kind of tea.

Pic taken from theteaspot.com

If you love tea and you're in the Bay Area, the San Francisco International Tea Festival is happening this Saturday, February 25th, 2012. It will be held at the Ferry Building in the city from 10am to 5pm. Tickets are $20, but if you've signed up for Google Offers, they have a deal for the event for 50% off the ticket price. 

There will be a Gongfu Tea Ceremony at 11am and at 12pm by Roy Fong. He is the founder and proprietor of SF's Imperial Tea Court, the first traditional Chinese tea house in America. There will be cooking with tea demonstrations as well as talks in regards to the history of tea.

Here is the schedule of events: (taken directly from the site)

Main Hall

10:00     Opening Ceremony, James Norwood Pratt & Roy Fong 
11:00      Gongfu Tea Ceremony, Roy Fong
2:00       The Healing Power of Green TeaYing Compestine
3:30       Cooking With Tea Demonstration,  Robert Wemischner

Conference Room

10:30     The History of Tea In the United States, Mike Spillane
11:30     Green Teas of Japan, Rona Tison    
12:30     Teas of India, Devan Shah    
1:30       Rooibos, the Wonder Herb from South AfricaKristina Richens
2:30      Northern Japanese Tea Report, Masahiro Takada   
3:30       The Meaning of Tea, Screening and Discussion, Scott Hoyt & Norwood Pratt

Small Meeting Room

11: 00     Masahiro Takada, Chakabuki Japanese Tea Ceremony
12:00     Roy Fong, Gongfu Tea Ceremony
4:00       Masahiro Takada, Chakabuki Japanese Tea Ceremony

Ground Floor

11:00     CUESA Cooking DemonstrationChef Alecia Jenish
11:45     CUESA Cooking Demonstration, Chef Robert Wemischner 
————CUESA Demonstration Kitchen, Ferry Bldg. Plaza
1:00      Meet & Greet book signing at Book Passage
—-     ——- Scott Chamberlin Hoyt, Phil Cousineau & James Norwood Pratt

Just like any other festival, you get your own tasting cup, so you can sip your way around the place. This is my first time going to a Tea Festival and I can't wait. 



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