- C$20 for Ottawa Tea Festival weekend pass for two (up to a C$50 value)
The festival takes place at the Library and Archives Canada on Saturday, December 6th and Sunday, December 7th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Each weekend pass includes admission, plus free tea samples from a variety of tea houses, live concerts and dance performances from groups from India, Thailand, Indonesia, and Japan. In additional to global teas, visitors can try local artisanal foods. Children 12 and younger are admitted free with a paying adult.
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.