The Vancouver Tea Festival takes over Olympic Village this weekend. The festival is both a gastronomic event and a health seminar, exploring the flavours and nuances of tea while also promoting its health benefits. The inaugural event features educational sessions, demonstrations of traditional tea ceremonies, and displays by vendors like David’s Tea, O5 Tea, and Shaktea.
The festival is hosted by the Vancouver Tea Society, a registered non-profit society. Their goal is to foster a specialty tea community in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland by promoting increased knowledge and enjoyment and appreciation of specialty tea. They also aim to give back to the city by supporting local charities; proceeds from the Vancouver Tea Festival will be donated to charitable organisations.
The festival floor will be open from 11am to 5pm, while the educational sessions and demonstrations begin at 1pm. Educational sessions feature an instructional ‘tea cocktail’ session (19+), a session on the production of tea leaves, and a session on the history and production of matcha tea. Demonstrations include presentations on Chinese, Taiwanese, Korean, and Japanese tea ceremonies, as well as a demonstration on ikebana (Japanese floral arranging).
For more information, please visit the festival website.