Ottawa Tea Festival

110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON K2P 2H9 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa Directions
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Report | 3 years ago
It was too crowded, I bigger space would have been more enjoyable.
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Report | 3 years ago
I had a great time but the place was very crowded and it was difficult to get to speak with any of the merchants and/or get samples. About halfway through the process my friend and I gave up struggling with the crowds and did not get to see the rest of the vendors. I think the layout could be improved to make it easier to move around next time.
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Report | 3 years ago
it was great, possibly a bigger venue. maybe have the fest over two days so the live demonstrations and workshops could not feel so rushed.
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Report | 3 years ago
Overall a disappointing event. I was looking for specific types of products and did not find anything. Also it was very busy when I went so nearly impossible to get close to a vendor without waiting a significant amount of time.
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I attended the first Tea Festival last year, and found it to bevery busy with too much crammed into a very small space. I decided to give it another chance this year with the groupon special, but felt incredibly ripped off even with the deal. My partner and I basically walked through the venue and left because, again, there were far too many people crammed into a small space to even have much of an opportunity to actually check out the booths. The one time I was actually able to get near a table, I had another person practically pushing me out of their way so that they could get in to sample some tea. I spoke with a few others who attended this event, and found that they all had the same reaction. Poorly organized and set-up, that's for sure. I'm a big tea lover here, and have even taken some tea sommelier courses at Algonquin College; however, I think I've seen enough of this festival and will not be attending in future years.
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Report | 3 years ago
Not enough room/organization. Upon arriving, we met a cramped room packed with guests and overwhelmed vendors.
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The tea festival was not well organized. It could be better organized. It was also very crammed and it was difficult to get anytime with the displays.
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Festival was a little disorganised and the Convention Centre was a little to formal a venue. A $10 entrance fee (groupon deal) was acceptable, $20 would have been a bit much with an additional $20 per workshop fee.
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Report | 3 years ago
It was nice however I think that for the amount of people that were there it could have been better set up and organized so it wouldnt seem so crowded. Other than that I enjoyed it.
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Report | 3 years ago
Too busy, not enough tea tasting, numerous places ran out of boiled water, cups. Presentation area lacked a real podium so anyone sitting down had trouble seeing presentations. Coat check was unsupervised. Conference centre location was not warm and inviting. Should consider adopting a "beer festival" format, where you are charged an entrance fee and then menial fee for tasting different sized cups of tea (not shot glass sized).
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Finding the perfect tea requires a sensitive palate. Kimicha's founder Kimiko Uriu has been working endlessly to do that; she selects each one of the shop's many offerings from the hundreds of different teas available in regions like China, India, and Japan. Her skill shows; she's a certified tea specialist and her selections have won awards from the North American Tea Championship.

She's not shy about passing those skills along, though. The shop hosts events that include tastings of new teas and classes that teach students to blend their own teas, pair foods and tea, or try teas from every region of the world. The shop stocks everything newly discovered aficionados might need as well, from ornate serving sets to sleek matcha bowls.

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