A Hybrid Tea Festival for all Tea Lovers

With an extenstive educational program for all interests and lifestyles. 

Holiday Inn Mart Plaza Chicago River North

Chicago, Illinois  350 W. Mart Center Dr., Chicago, IL 60654

What is a tea festival? Well, in short, it is a day all about tea. Learning about tea, tea preparation, tea culture and history and of course, tons of tea tastings! 

The main event, so to speak, is our tea market. All gathered together will be lots of tea merchants. There will be local Chicago area merchants as well as vendors from all around the world who will have tea samples for tasting. Also we will have some craftspeople who create tea-related art!

But this event is about so much more than browsing with the merchants. Through workshops, lectures, tastings and networking you will enhance your knowledge of everything tea.

Classes —-   70 classes by 40+ speakers you’ve been wanting to meet

LiveStream —   15 of the live classses offered live and then later at your leisure

Index of Lectures, Workshops and Events grouped by interest

(Check out our fantastic lineup of well-known Speakers)

  • Special Events  (8)
  • Culture & Ceremony  (7)
  • Health & Lifestyle   (7)
  • Basics of Specialty Tea  (7)
  • Tea for Foodies  (8)
  • History of Tea  (6)
  • World of Tea  (17)
  • Advanced Tea Topics  (8)
  • The Business of Tea  (12)

 

Special Events

  • Opening Ceremony: A Cup of Tea In Friendship
  • Opening Night Cocktail Reception
  • Taste The World In a Cup – Passport & Gift
  • Afternoon Tea Buffet with Lorna Reeves, Tea Time Magazine
  • Breakfast With the Rock Stars of Tea
  • TCC Cup Warming, with Dan Robertson, International Tea Cuppers Club
  • Lunch With Cultural Dignitaries
  • People’s Choice Tea Competition

Culture & Ceremony

  • Art & Tea, Expand Your Senses     Jeni Dodd, Jeni Dodd Teas
  • Cacao Ceremony from the Sufi Tradition Suzy Adra
  • Cha Dao Tea Ceremony Rachel Maley, Cha Dao Chicago
  • Elegant Chinese Tea Serving Table Set Up in 10 Minutes Dr. Sally Wei, Sally’s Parlor
  • The Way of Tea & The Tea Ceremony Rachel Maley, Cha Dao Chicago
  • Japanese Tea Ceremony Asami Iba, GEN-J
  • Jing Si Still Thoughts Ceremony Dr. Sally Wei, Sally’s Parlor

Health & Lifestyle

  • The Art of Stillness & Tea Meditation Suzette Hammond, Being Tea
  • Healthy, Happy & Hydrated with Teas & Functional Herbs     Maria Uspenski, The Tea Spot
  • Planning Tea Events for Children     Mercedes Wadkins, Bellasia Tea
  • Sharing Your Passion “Growing Tea” Within Your Local Commun      Judi Slack
  • Tea With Children – The Next Generation of Tea Lovers Mercedes Wadkins, Bellasia Tea
  • The Science of Relaxation & Tea Meditation Suzette Hammond, Being Tea
  • Little Leaf Bits, Big Health Benefits: Matcha’s Nutrients Noli Ergas, Sugimoto Tea

Basics of Specialty Teas

  • At Last, A Simple Way to Find YOUR Perfect Cup of Tea Stacie Robertson, Tea Market
  • Buying Tea on a Budget   Suzette Hammond, Being Tea
  • How to Brew TeaWithout a Chart Donna Fellman, World Tea AcademyIntro to Cupping for Consumers Suzette Hammond, Being Tea
  • Keep Those Pinkies Down! Bruce Richardson, Elmwood Inn Fine Teas
  • Six Teas from One Leaf   Donna Fellman, World Tea Academy
  • Tea 101: Understanding Specialty Tea     Bruce Richardson, Elmwood Inn Fine Teas

Tea for Foodies

* Note:  There are two “Tea Cocktails” workshops with two different but equally well-respected tea people. Since this is a very popular topic, we offer it as an opportunity for some of you to take both and diversify and for others to have two different slots on the schedule to be able to attend. 

  • *Tea Cocktails with Agnes Rapacz Agnes Rapacz, Tea Gschwendner
  • *Tea Cocktails with Cynthia Gold     Cynthia Gold, L’Espalier
  • Pairing Tea & Bourbon Bruce Richardson, Elmwood Inn Fine Teas
  • Pairing Tea & Food       Cynthia Gold, L’Espalier
  • Tea & Chocolate, A Taste Collab       Sheila Duda, Tealula
  • The Leaf & The Grain: Tea & Scotch Pairing Kevin Gascoyne, Camellia Sinensis
  • Wine & Tea, A Comparative History James Norwood Pratt, author
  • Cooking & Baking with Tea: Another Way to Interest Customers       Phillipe Sabon

History of Tea

  • Tea, Tearooms and Women’s Suffrage     Judi Slack
  • Tea, Tearooms & Women’s Suffrage     Judi Slack
  • The Book of Tea & The Beautiful Foolishness of Things     Bruce Richardson, Elmwood Inn Fine Teas
  • The Tea Horse Road: Ancient Trade Route to Tibet     Judi Slack
  • Travels Along the Tea Road     Bill Waddington, Tea Source
  • Wine & Tea, A Comparative History James Norwood Pratt, author

World of Tea

  • Rare Wulong Teas: Contemporary & Classic     Kevin Gascoyne, Camellia Sinensis
  • 15 Teas Every Tea Lover Should Taste     Lorna Reeves, Tea Time Magazine
  • A Sampling of Single Origin Teas     James Orrock, Single Origin Teas
  • Darjeeling Teas: 2019 Sample Tasting     James Orrock, Single Origin Teas
  • Darjeeling, the Champagne of Teas     Dan Robertson, The Tea House
  • Immersion Pu’er     Dan Robertson, World Tea Tours
  • Innovations in Tea     Dan Robertson, The Tea House
  • Nepal Tea: Discover the Hidden Gem in the Himalayas     Jeni Dodd, Jeni Dodd Teas
  • New Zealand: A New Tea Region     Jeni Dodd, Jeni Dodd Teas
  • North America, the New Cutting Edge of Specialty Tea     Kevin Gascoyne, Camellia Sinensis
  • Taiwanese Oolong Ins and Outs     Dr. Sally Wei, Sally’s Parlor
  • Teas of Japan and Thes Du Japon     Gabriela Sorgenfrey
  • Teas of Korea     Sharyn Johnston, Australian Tea Masters
  • Teas of Vietnam     Sharyn Johnston, Australian Tea Masters
  • World of Matcha     Agnes Rapacz, Tea Gschwendner
  • Journey to Jingshan     Dan Bolton, Tea Journey Magazine
  • Chinese Tea     Joanna Wu, Shenzen Tea Fair

 

Advanced Tea Topics

*Note: Advanced Tea Topics crossover between the interests of people working in the industry and for regular tea lovers for are searching for something beyond the Tea 101 education. 

  • The New Transparency Tony Gebely, Tea Epicure and Hugo Tea Company
  • Qualities of High Value Teas: Aroma, Taste, Texture & Chi      Elyse Petersen, Tealet
  • The State of US Tea Cultivation     James Orrock, USLTG & Single Origin Teas
  • Making Matcha     Noli Ergas, Sugimoto Tea
  • Modern Brewing Trends & Innovations     Sharyn Johnson, Australian Tea Masters
  • Innovations in Tea     Dan Robertson, The Tea House
  • Immersion Puer      Dan Robertson, The Tea House
  • Rare Wulong Teas: Contemporary & Classic     Kevin Gascoyne, Camellia Sinensis

 

The Business of Tea

*Note: Friday has been considered our “industry day” where we grouped more topics of interest to commercial buyers, tea retailers and anyone considering a career in tea. But attendance in the classes is not restricted. But we want to help you select topics that are most appropriate for you. 

    • A Blind Tea Tasting James Orrock, Single Origin Teas
    • Tea as a Small Business – Lalith Paranavitana, Empire Tea Lalith Paranavitana, Empire Tea
    • Using Social Media to Grow Your Business Social Media Director, Tealula
    • North America, The New Cutting Edge of Specialty Tea Kevin Gascoyne, Camellia Sinensis
    • Current Trends, Tea Ascends Dan Bolton, Tea Journey Magazine
    • The State of U.S. Tea Cultivation James Orrock, Single Origin Tea
    • Panel Discussion: What do millennials and the next generation want as a tea experience
    • 50 Things Done Well Make a Big Difference   Stacie Robertson, Tea Market
    • Retail Innovations     Dan Bolton, Tea Journey
    • Cooking & Baking with Tea: Another Way to Interest Customers       Phillipe Sabon
    • Serving & Selling Great Tea In a Food Service Setting     Bill Waddington, Tea Source
    • ITCC Cup Warming, with Dan Robertson, International Tea Cuppers Club