It has been 7 years since the first Toronto Tea Festival came into the tea scene and stole many tea lovers’ hearts. Today, it attracts world-wide vendors of tea purveyors, teaware suppliers, and tea sweet treat retailers. Attendees can find hundreds of tea flavours, taste sweet desserts, and watch formal traditional Japanese, Ming Chinese and Korean ceremonies. There are several tea workshops ranging from topics such as: Reading the Tea Leaves, the Tea Growers Tales, Tea and Health Benefits, A History of Teaware, Zen of Tea, and more…
Upon entering the zen space of the Toronto Reference Library, one is welcomed by soft music and displays of Asian tea-themed arts. Venture further down the spacious hall, guests are immersed in fragrant aromas of warm teas and freshly-baked goods and confectionery. For the shopping addicts and the collectors, a plethora of unique teawares from all over the world turn the chamber into an international market of treasures and trinkets. Volunteers dressed in vibrant national costumes with tea cups in hands take guests to every far corner of the world.
This year, there is a special screening of “Champagne of Teas” – a CBC documentary by Kevin Gascoyne who has travelled to the Himalayas as a tea-taster and buyer for over 25 years. He will also be present for a Q&A session.
Toronto Tea Festival 2019 will take place from February 1-3 at the Toronto Reference Library at 789 Yonge Street, Toronto on the 2nd floor.