Get your tea cups ready for the Melbourne Tea Festival in May!

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.

Image: Alana Dimou.

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