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$15 for Admission for Two to the Toronto Tea Festival ($30 Value)
Held all day at the Toronto Reference Library on Saturday, February 2, the Toronto Tea Festival hosts some of the nation’s top experts in the brewing arts to give talks on topics such as tea mixology, Chinese tea culture, and tea’s myriad health benefits. Highlights include Gillian Niblett of Oakville’s Niblett and Wiggens who will draw on her international experiences in a talk entitled “Tea 101: The Basics of Tea,” and Dan Johanis of Herbal Infusions who will offer tips on preparing tea cocktails. Other events over the course of the day include discussions on Tea and Art with ceramicists and silverworkers, classical music from Miss Can Yan Zi Quan on the guzheng, and tea ceremonies in the Chinese, Korean, and Japanese traditions.
Toronto Tea Festival
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.