Last Saturday February 2nd, I attended The Toronto Tea Festival. Held at The Toronto Reference Library, the festival brought local tea lovers together to meet new tea companies, try new tea and learn about the innovative ways people use to share tea with other people. I was a little disappointed at first on the small venue because it meant there were not as many exhibitors sharing and talking about tea. However, if you took it for what it was, there was a great mix of different tea companies who were all individually passionate about tea in their own way.
I do wish more of the exhibitors sampled their teas because I loved the fact that there were so many elements of the festival that tickled my senses. I was able to smell, touch and drink so many different teas. It was a great experience especially because I could share it with people who were just as passionate about tea as I am.
Here is a list of the exhibitors that stood out to me the most:
Steeped: This particular tea company based is out of Minden, Ontario and they host tea parties in your own home!
Cha: A brand new online subscription company that sends you tea based on your personality type. Take their quiz online and find out what tea you are!
T by Daniel: An online tea company that gives tea a modern twist, using friendly tea names and crazy infusions to make tea fun!
Bare English & Co: They created an all organic, vegan, tea-infused lip balm. The Coco-Mint flavor was amazing!
The King Edward Hotel: These guys were here because they serve afternoon tea in the hotel restaurant.
Majesteas: I really liked the presentation of this company, it was fresh, welcoming and they had a stamp card for regulars.
Another place was giving out free plastic travel mugs, there was a tea ceremony going on while we browsed through the tables and tea presentations were held throughout the day in an adjoining room. The above exhibitors seemed to stand out to me the most… it could have something to do with the delicious mini cream filled treats from The King Edward. Also, I purchased a GREAT coconut oolong from Majesteas that I have been drinking almost every day since the festival. MMMMM!
That is all, I will be writing my next post about the presentation I sat in on. I wish there was more to write about, but we didn’t stay very long, maybe two hours max. I’m not sure if it is something I would go to again. If there were more exhibitors/tea companies, tea tasting and maybe a bigger venue I think it would have been more enjoyable. I also wish I could have sat in on more of the presentations as I enjoyed learning new things about tea. I did humbly enjoy my experience at the festival though and recommend going next year if you want to explore a little more about tea!
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