T-Dot Becomes Tea-Dot With Toronto Tea Festival

on January 25, 2013

Vintage Tea Cup

Tea for two? How about an entire Festival full?

If you like Tetley, constantly find yourself ordering “steeped” or “green” or just have a problem with coffee in general, the 1st Annual Tea Festival might be just the ticket for you.

Featuring tea tastings, speakers, authors, and exhibitors, Toronto’s 1st Annual Tea Festival will take place at The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon of the Toronto Central Reference Library (789 Yonge Street, Toronto ON) on Saturday February 2, 2013. The show reaches out and tries to appeal to drinkers of the second-most popular beverage in the world (next to water).

“This show will be yet another aspect of the renaissance of fine beverage tea which has occurred in the past decade,” said Bill Kamula, instructor of the Tea Sommelier Certificate Program at George Brown College. “Tea is one of the fastest growing segments of the beverage market, and this festival will present an opportunity for interested consumers to explore many aspects of tea culture and products under one roof.”

“I am very excited that there will finally be a tea event in Toronto that will be open to all Tea Lovers. Unlike industry trade shows this festival will be open to the entire community,” said Tao Wu, owner of Tao Tea Leaf, adding “The Central Reference Library is a perfect location at the top of the Yonge and Bloor subway lines.”

Co-founder of Tao Tea Leaf, Ms. Gao graduated from Carleton University and worked as an accountant for years before deciding to pursue a more fulfilling career that involves her passion for Chinese tea.

One of the highlights will be a special tea ceremony, featuring Mingzhu Gao. Co-founder of Tao Tea Leaf, Ms. Gao graduated from Carleton University and worked as an accountant for years before deciding to pursue a more fulfilling career that involves her passion for Chinese tea. Having been in the tea business for over three years, Mingzhu enjoys every opportunity to demonstrate her skill in performing a beautifully artistic Chinese tea ceremony.

The Toronto Tea Festival will also present an exhibition of the visual arts that will include works by various painters, photographers and traditional watercolorists that will highlight the aesthetics of tea culture.

These will include work from:

M.Y. Helen Kong who has a BDes from OCAD in Fine Metalwork, a diploma in Gemmology from George Brown College, and has been doing independent study of ceramic glaze chemistry for 2 years. Helen will offer a demonstration and talk about tea’s path through history. She uses ceramic tea tools to create work inspired by classic modern architectural forms.

Sorlie Madox who has a BA in Japanese Studies from the University of Toronto and a BFA from OCAD in Ceramics and Fine Metalwork. She has been practicing the Youkenryuu style of the Japanese tea ceremony for 15 years.

A full speaker schedule is available here.

A full line-up of events is available here

An exhibitor list is available here

Information about the Festival is available at TeaFestivalToronto.com and the show’s entire program schedule is available here