The third annual Los Angeles International Tea Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28-29, from 11 am to 5 pm at the Japanese American National Museum, 100 North Central Ave in Little Tokyo.
Billed as “Your passport to the world of tea,” the event will feature Japanese tea ceremony, tea sommelier classes, guest speakers, book-signing, a tea original tour (Sunday only), educational seminars, tea parings, vendor presentations, and tea exhibitors.
Saturday, 11:15 am
Discover the Wonders of Green Tea, By Den Shirakata, founder of Den’s Tea
Saturday, 11:30 am
All the Tea in India, By Denvan Shah, founder of International Tea Importers and Chado Tea Room
Saturday, 12 pm & Sunday, 1:30 pm
Tea & Chocolate, By Robert Wemischner, pastry chef and culinary instructor
Saturday, 1 pm & Sunday, 2:30 pm
Tea & Cheese, By Robert Wemichner, pastry chef and culinary instructor
Fee: $10 per workshop
Saturday, 1:30 pm
How to Open a Tea Room, By Tekeste Mehreteab, co-owner and COO, Chado Tea Room
Saturday, 2 pm
Meditation with Tea, By Diana Rosen, author of The Book of Green Tea
Saturday, 2:30 pm
All the Tea in China, By Roy Fong, founder of Imperial Tea Court
Saturday, 4 pm & Sunday, 12 pm
Japanese tea ceremony, By Masayo Sebata
Saturday, 4 pm & Sunday, 2 pm
Be Healthy, Drink Tea, By Dr. Mary Hardy, medical director, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
Sunday, 11:30 am
Green Teas of Japan, By Rona Tison, senior vice president-corporate relations, Ito En (North America) Inc.
Sunday, 2:15 pm
Demystifying Pu-Erh Tea, By Linda Louie, owner of Bana Tea Company
Sunday, 11:45 am
An Introduction to Tea, By Steve Schwartz, founder of Art of Tea
Sunday, 3 pm
Flavored Teas, By Steve Schwartz, founder of Art of Tea
Sunday, 1 pm
International Tea Forum, By James Norwood Pratt (An overview of tea and its roots), Devan Sha (India), Roy Fong (China), Rona Tison (Japan) and Pujitha Ubayasiri (Sri Lanka)
General admission is $15. There is $100 fee for the Tea Sommelier Certification Program on Saturday and Sunday, 9 to 11 am.