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February 21, 2007

Victoria Tea Festival
March 11, 2007
Holiday Inn on Blanshard Street

Tea is a cup of life. ~Author Unknown

Tea Festival

For many, tea is seen as something little elderly ladies drink in the afternoon while eating dainty sandwiches. For the average tea drinker, our taste stops with Earl Grey and maybe a Lemon Zinger in the evening or a grande Chai Latte from Starbucks when we’re feeling rich. Our knowledge of tea ends at knowing which part of a tea bag goes into the water.

But did you know:

  • Tea is the world's most popular beverage after water.
  • Tea may help ward off colds and flu, and delay the aging process.
  • In addition to valuable antioxidant properties and enhancing overall fluid intake, tea contains many vitamins, minerals, essential oils, and amino acids.

The first-ever Victoria Tea Festival will open your eyes to the incredible history, wide-variety and versatility of tea.

The festival features opportunities for participants to taste several teas and associated paired foods from local bakeries and restaurateurs. As well, individual tea sittings are included in the ticket with a choice of hearing from four local tea experts. The presentations include:

  • Macchartistry–Jared and Miyu Nyberg of JagaSilk tea company will be serving maccha tea while discussing what maccha tea is, how to tell the difference between grades and the work they’ve been doing to make it more accessible to the community.
  • Cooking with Tea–Camille’s Restaurant’s chef and owner, David Mincey, will share some of the delicious ways tea can be used to enhance the flavour of food!
  • The Old Tea Peddler–Asian Art History professor, Dr. Judith Patt will be telling the fascinating tale of how a group of 18th century Kyoto avant garde artists popularized the loose-leaf green tea (Sencha) in Japan and created the Sencha Tea Ceremony.
  • Elixir of Immortality–Daniela Cubelic, co-owner of Silk Road, explores the health benefits of tea and discusses the latest research on tea including how it reduces the body’s response to stress, assists in digestion and cardiovascular health, boosts the immune system, and slows the aging process.

The Victoria Tea Festival is a fundraiser for Camosun’s Child Care Services. A silent and live auction will be a part of the day’s activities. For details visit:

Tickets are $45 each and are available at Silk Road, Camosun College Child Care Services, Kissako Green Tea Café, Ooh Cha Teahouse (Vancouver) and select Serious Coffee outlets.

Presented by:

 Child Care Services


Last updated: February 21, 2007 4:35 pm

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