2013 / Third annual Los Angeles International Tea Festival, Sept 28-29

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.

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Presentations Schedule

Saturday, 11:15 am

Discover the Wonders of Green Tea, By Den Shirakata, founder of Den’s Tea

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Saturday, 11:30 am

All the Tea in India, By Denvan Shah, founder of International Tea Importers and Chado Tea Room

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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

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Saturday, 1:30 pm

How to Open a Tea Room, By Tekeste Mehreteab, co-owner and COO, Chado Tea Room

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Saturday, 2 pm

Meditation with Tea, By Diana Rosen, author of The Book of Green Tea

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Saturday, 2:30 pm

All the Tea in China, By Roy Fong, founder of Imperial Tea Court

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Saturday, 4 pm & Sunday, 12 pm

Japanese tea ceremony, By Masayo Sebata

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Saturday, 4 pm & Sunday, 2 pm

Be Healthy, Drink Tea, By Dr. Mary Hardy, medical director, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Sunday, 11:30 am

Green Teas of Japan, By Rona Tison, senior vice president-corporate relations, Ito En (North America) Inc.

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Sunday, 2:15 pm

Demystifying Pu-Erh Tea, By Linda Louie, owner of Bana Tea Company

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Sunday, 11:45 am

An Introduction to Tea, By Steve Schwartz, founder of Art of Tea

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Sunday, 3 pm

Flavored Teas, By Steve Schwartz, founder of Art of Tea

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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)

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General admission is $15. There is $100 fee for the Tea Sommelier Certification Program on Saturday and Sunday, 9 to 11 am.

For more information, call (562) 801-9600, email info@teafestivalla.com or visit http://teafestivalla.com

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