As residents of one of North America’s most diverse cities, Torontonians are steeped in the traditions of a globe’s worth of cultures. Perhaps nowhere is that multifaceted heritage more obvious than in the wealth of teashops in and around the city. So it is no surprise that the Toronto Tea Festival attracts experts from all over the country to discuss and serve Indian, Korean, Chinese, and Japanese tea in a soothing, informative environment. In addition to learning about tea’s numerous varieties and the specific health benefits of each, visitors can sample and purchase tea ranging from traditional varieties to contemporary blends, and they can pick up tea-ware for brewing and drinking. The festival celebrates tea-related art as well, with live classical music, presentations from ceramicists, and plentiful opportunities to practice tea etiquette, such as sipping tea with your pinkie finger in your neighbour’s cup.