With the growing trend of tea appreciation in Australia, Tea Festivals Australia (organisers of Sydney Tea Festival) will be bringing Melbournians a tea celebration of their own. 2016 will mark the inauguration of the Melbourne Tea Festival, to be held on Sunday 29th May from 9am-4pm.
Taking place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Wharf, festival-goers will get to taste, explore, and learn all about tea from some of the most creative and passionate purveyors of tea.
Entry costs $10 and allows you access to the Tea Market, and for another $5 you can get yourself a ceramic tasting mug to try some of the specialty loose-leaf teas and herbal tisanes on offer alongside a mix of sweet and savoury snacks available for purchase. Tickets will also be available on the door.
Tea Workshops will also feature with a chance to immerse yourself into the fundamentals of tea with some of the country’s leading tea specialists. Workshops cover a range of topics and sessions will be announced in April.
Tea is the second most widely consumed beverage in the world (next to water) and, in 2015, a huge 7.7 billion cups of tea were sold in Australia – a 2.2% increase on the 7.5 billion cups of tea sold five years ago in 2010.
If getting into the finer details of everything tea-related is more your cuppa, you can sign up to a hands-on session or tea tasting. Tea Workshop topics will announced in April, although you can pre-purchase your tickets now via Eventbrite.
For more information on the Melbourne Tea Festival, visit their website here.
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