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Mark Your Calendars: 2017 Tea Events & Festivals

October 4, 2017

Before we roll into 2018, there are a number of exciting tea events and festivals that are certain to put a cherry on top of 2017.  Whether you manage a tea shop, make your living as a barista, or simply love to drink tea, take a look at these upcoming events, and plan a trip!


Spirit of Tea Tour:

Denver, Colorado

The Spirit of Tea Tour, presented by Spirit Tea and Marco, kicked off in Los Angeles in September, then heads to Denver, Portland, and Seattle. Even though its target audience is baristas and café owners, all are welcome, and admission is free. Each stop on the tour will feature a “Matcha Lattee Throwdown,” a competition that pits baristas against one another to see who can pour the best matcha latte art. Each stop will also feature a Tea Dial-In workshop that will educate participants on the chemical compounds in tea, teach you how to unlock taste from tea leaves, suggest ways to improve cafe workflow, and expand your knowledge of tea varietals. A brief lecture will be coupled with an exercise that puts education in motion.


Dialing-In Tea Workshop

October 11 @ 1:00 PM @ Sweet Bloom Coffee

Matcha Throwdown

October 12 @ 6:45 @ Huckleberry Coffee


Big TEAsy Caffeine Festival

New Orleans, Louisiana

This New Orleans caffeine fest benefits the Jefferson’s Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children.  Events include hot and cold tea (and coffee) tastings, artwork displays, an appearance by Alice and The White Rabbit-children are encouraged to dress in Halloween costumes– High Tea, and a concert by the New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra.  Head to the Big Easy to get your sip on for a good cause!

Outdoor Day Pass $10

Concert Tickets $22

Concert + High Tea $66

Children 12 and under FREE



Spirit of Tea Tour:

Portland, Oregon

The third stop on the tour hits Portland, Oregon November 7-8.

Dialing-In Tea Workshop

November 7 @ 1: 00 pm @ Coava Coffee

Matcha Throwdown

November 8 @ 6:45 PM @ Upper Left Roasters



Spirit of Tea Tour:

Seattle, Washington

The Spirit of Tea Tour comes to a close in Seattle, Washington on November 9.

Dialing-In Tea Workshop

November 9 @ 1:00 PM @ Visions Espresso

Matcha Throwdown

November 9 @ 6:45 PM @ Visions Espresso



San Francisco International Tea Festival

Enjoy product tastings, lectures, workshops, and more at the San Francisco International Tea Festival. Gain access to local and international tea producers and pick up a free swag bag. Sponsors of this year’s event include: Imperial Tea Court, The Republic of Tea, Burma Love Natural Foods Company, Harney & Sons Fine Teas, Mana Organics, and Ito En.

General Admission $25




Coffee and Tea Festival: Valley Forge

For the fifth year in a row, the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center will play host to the Coffee and Tea Festival, featuring over 50 exhibitors and educational seminars.   Get there when doors open at 10 am to be one of the first 500 attendees, and receive a free gift bag (#earlybirdgetstheswag).


Children 12 and under FREE


Devan Shah Tea Festival – LA

The Pasadena Convention Center will host the 7th annual Devan Shah Tea Festival this December. Attendees can peruse dozens of exhibits and take 20+ classes.

$15 General Admission covers both days