L.A. International Tea Festival This Weekend

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The second annual Los Angeles International Tea Festival will take place Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27-28, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Japanese American National Museum, 100 N. Central Ave. in Little Tokyo.

The festival will delight your palate with teas from all over the world. Meet the who’s who’s of specialty tea (can you say “celebriteas”?). Taste foods inspired by using tea as an ingredient. The exhibitors will have gallons of tea for you to taste in your free tasting cup. Plus tastings that pair tea and chocolate — tea and cheese. A full day’s worth of entertainment and fun for foodies and tea lovers or if you are just bored and need something to perk you up.

General admission is $20, which includes:

–  Tastings offered by various vendors

– World Origins tour presentation (Sunday only)

– Japanese tea ceremony

– Goodie bag

Note: Seating for vendor presentations is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Speakers include Den Shirakata and Masayo Sebata.

The following paid classes must be purchased separately ($10 each) and are not included in the general admission:

– “Discover the Wonders of Green Tea” by Den Shirakata

– “All the Tea in India” by Devan Shah

– “Tea & Chocolate” by Robert Wemischner

– “Planning the Perfect Tea Celebration” by Lorna Reeves

– “Tea & Cheese” by Robert Wemischner

– “How to Open a Tea Room” by Tekeste Mehreteab

– “Meditation with Tea” by Diana Rosen

– “All the Tea in China” by Roy Fong

– “Japanese Tea Ceremony” by Masayo Sebata

– “Be Healthy, Drink Tea” by Dr. Mary Hardy

Parking is available at the Aiso Parking Lot, 101 N. Judge John Aiso St. (between Temple and First). Credit cards accepted.

Platinum sponsors: Alson’s Tea, International Tea Importers, JANM, Chado Tea  Room. Gold sponsors: Ito En, Whole Foods Market, Aiya, Global Customized Water, Harney  Sons. Media sponsors: Tea, Fresh Cup Magazine, The Tea House Times, Tea Time. Association sponsor: Specialty Tea Institute.

For more information, visit http://teafestivalla.com.

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