It promises to be an energy-filled weekend with over 3,000 attendees.And the festival is expanding to provide more opportunities this year for festival goers to experience, learn, sample, touch, smell and inquire about all things tea and to engage in an exclusive, interactive and educational tea experience. Exquisite tea wares are available to buy. For the first time, a limited edition souvenir tea-tasting cup—designed and generously donated by Artfarm—will be available for purchase to help raise funds for Camosun College’s Child Care Services.
Festival attendees can steep themselves in tea lore by taking in a complimentary presentation by tea experts who will share their knowledge on the presentation stage.
Saturday, February 13
- 1 pm – The Ache’s Pride: How Yerba Mate is Saving a Rainforest and Her People (Robert McCauley, Cebador – Northernites Syndicate/Guayaki)
- 2 pm – Chinese Tea Ceremony (Daniela Cubelic, Owner – Silk Road)
- 3 pm – Cooking with Tea (Heidi Fink, Chef & food writer)
- 4 pm – English Tea Traditions and Blends (Susan Livingston, Director of Product Development – Murchies)
Sunday, February 14
- 11 am – Rooibos and Honeybush Teas (Irene Drmla, owner – Special Teas Inc.)
- 12 pm – Taking the Chill off of Iced Teas (Bob Krul, CTC Brewt Corp. & Brendan Waye, The Tea Guy)
- 1 pm – Ceylon, The Island of Tea (Jennifer Petersen, Master Tea Blender & Tea Business Trainer)
- 2 pm – Refreshment of the Spirit: Oriental Tea & Wine Drinking Vessels (Barry Till, Curator of Asian Art – Art Gallery of Greater Victoria)
- 3 pm – Commentaries on Modern Life~Selected Teatime Readings (Earlene Grey, Author)
For a complete list of ticket outlets, event details and presentation descriptions, visit the Victoria Tea Festival website.