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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! All of the vendors on the floor will have at least a 50% focus on tea or tea-related items.
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.
What Goes On? So. Much. Stuff.
Seriously. You'll want to get at least a 2 day ticket or you'll miss things.
We have rock stars of the tea industry ready to meet you and talk about tea. We have international experts who want to share their knowledge with you on topics like food and tea pairings, tea processing, cultural tea ceremonies and history, health and tea... and that's just on the consumer side of things. We have some awesome topics for those in the industry to continue their business education as well.
A Tea Tasters' Competition that you can be part of, an afternoon tea, a lunch time confab with representatives from tea producing countries, partnerships with local businesses to give you opportunities to enjoy tea outside of festival hours... and so much more. Don't forget about all the tea to taste, either!
And it's all in a hotel with amazing views of the Chicago River, right in the heart of the Loop. Best part? Special pricing for rooms for festival attendees!