Nearly every country in the world has a tea culture, and in our microcosm of Portland, Oregon, we lift our cup for those who drink tea in community, and in solitude. For whom tea is ancient, or newly learned. Join us in a celebration of our local culture and tea life in Portland!
— Jenn Brenner Tea Fest PDX founder

Hello tea enthusiasts!

The tea festival is almost here and we want to share some festival updates and helpful information. Make sure to check out the "Tea Here Now" area, a general admission space to sit, relax and and enjoy some tea with other festival goers. The mobile teahouse exhibition of Jasmine Dragon and Rabbit's Moon Tea Arts will be pouring tea, and several members of the Oregon Koto Kai will be performing in the plaza at 11:00 am.

The Red Robe Teahouse will be selling savory snacks at the festival (pork buns, tea eggs, and mooncakes) as well as boba. If you have other food preferences, please bring it with you picnic style. There are cafe's at both the Zoo and Children's Discovery Museum nearby as well. Lastly, don't forget to bring a water bottle– it's July!

We have also added three new classes which must be registered for in advance: Tea Ceremony with the  Wu-Wo Tea Group, Kundalini Yoga, Meditation & Tea with yoga instructor and health coach Anja Sofia, and a beginners Tai Chi Class presented by the Taoist Tai Chi Society (no registration necessary). These classes are free, but registration is required due to limited spaces. You’ll find the sign up button and descriptions for each of them highlighted in the list of classes below.

Why:

To celebrate and learn about tea in all its forms!

WHEN:

July 22nd. 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

WHERE:

Cheatham Hall, World Forestry Center

General admission:

$10 at the door

Parking information:

Parking near the World Forestry Center is difficult due to the popular Zoo and Children's Museum which are nearby. Luckily, the red or blue MAX lines travel directly to the Zoo stop, which is right across the road from the tea festival event! If you do choose to drive, the parking fee for the day is $6.40.

Tickets for classes and tastings:

Most of the tickets for specialized tastings, classes and presentations have already sold out, but we have reserved 30% more spaces to these sold out classes to be purchased first come first serve at the day of the event, so if you didn’t get to sign up for one of the sold out classes below, we suggest showing up a bit early to get a spot!

A day full of Education & Celebration

Most of our prepaid classes are sold out! Due to high demand we have opened up a few spots for each class available for purchase at the event. Below are classes which are still open for pre registration, followed by the ones which are currently full.

class schedule & sign up

10:00 AM

Greater Tea World

Kundalini Yoga, Meditation & Tea

Anja Sofia Churchill,Yoga instructor, health and spirituality coach

This free hour long class is an experience of enhanced sensory awareness, bridging our inner awareness with our outer experience, to support the enjoyment of tea. We will practice physical exercises to strengthen digestion, balance the nervous system and lighten the mind in preparation for a deep healing meditation and tea tasting. No prior yoga experience necessary. Please wear clothing which is comfortable to move and sit in.

FREE
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India/Nepal/Sri Lanka

Chai - Folklore, History, and Stories

Kevin Von Behren, Owner of Fly Awake Tea Garden

Prepare to be entertained and have your tastebuds be delighted by this engaging presentation by the owner of Portland's Fly Awake Tea house. Kevin will share tips about making chai and share some of the history of the famous Indian drink. Kevin's chai was voted best of Portland by the Mercury this year.  Chai will be served during the presentation.

$10
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Greater Tea World

Tools for Tea Blending: Working With Herbs

Heather Agosta, President of Jasmine Pearl Tea Company

Herbs and spices are used in many tea and tisane blends. In this class we will focus on how to effectively blend with aromatic herbs and spices. We will discuss which herbs are good ingredients for blending and how to evaluate herb for quality. Then we will do a focused comparative cupping for a better understanding of flavor profiles of single herbs.

$10
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CHINA

Gong Fu Ceremony

Pearl Zhuo Zhang, Owner of Red Robe Teahouse & Café

Learn about the traditional Chinese gong fu tea ceremony, involving the ritualized preparation and presentation of tea as demonstrated by Pearl of the Red Robe Teahouse & Café.

$10
Eventbrite - TeaFestPDX
JAPAN

Chado

Jan Waldmann of Do Shin Tei

Chado - presentation of the famous Japanese tea ceremony, where matcha is prepared for guests in a peaceful, tranquil setting on tatami mats.

$10
Eventbrite - TeaFestPDX
British Tea Traditions

Georgian Apparel for Tea Time & Tea Ritual

Nora Azevedo, member of Oregon Regency Society, seamstress

Learn about tea time apparel and history in the Regency Era through this presentation performed in Georgian apparel.

FREE
Eventbrite - TeaFestPDX

11:00 AM

CHINA

Famous Oolongs

Dewey Meyer, director of NW Wu-Wo Assn

Come experience some of the most infamous Oolongs from China and Taiwan.  Learn where they come from, their processing techniques, and the legends behind them. Savor their flavor for yourself and then walk away with the information and the teas you’ll need to take your friends and family on a tea tasting journey of their own.

$10
Eventbrite - TeaFestPDX
Greater Tea World

Walking Through 5 Genres of Loose Leaf Tea

Jeffrey McIntosh, Founder of Teabook

While blended teas have become increasingly popular in recent years, it’s essential to understand the exact differentiations between pure loose leaf varieties. In this workshop we will explore the flavor palettes, liquors, origins, and more characteristics of the six basic classifications of tea. By the end of the session, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of tea production and origin and be able to clearly differentiate all six genres of tea and their qualities.

$5
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JAPAN

Japanese Teas

Representative of Jugestudo, Japanese tea company

Jugetsudo will present Japanese teas including matcha, sencha, genmaicha, hojicha, and offer samples to the audience.

FREE
Eventbrite - TeaFestPDX
India/Nepal/Sri Lanka

A Tour of Indian Teas: The Story of the World's 2nd Largest Tea Industry

Raj Vable, Founder of Young Mountain Tea

Join us as we dive into the fascinating story of how the British stole tea from China and brought it to the Indian subcontinent. Along the way, we'll stop to drink teas from each of India's major tea producing regions including Darjeeling, Assam, and the Nilgiris. Come thirsty!

$10
Eventbrite - TeaFestPDX
British Tea Traditions

Afternoon Tea vs High Tea

Cindy Sutliff, Owner of Tea Time & Supplies

Learn about the history and differences between afternoon tea and high tea in an engaging presentation by the owner of Tea Time in St. Helens.  Tea will be served during the presentation.

FREE
Eventbrite - TeaFestPDX

12:00 PM

India/Nepal/Sri Lanka

Darjeeling Tea - An industry in Unrest

Elyse Petersen, Founder of Tealet.com

The most famous region for Indian Tea, Darjeeling, is currently transitioning in a renaissance as local people, mostly tea farm workers, are demanding democracy for themselves. With the help of social media, the Gorkha people of Darjeeling have coordinated a labor strike of proportion that has neven been seen in India. In this presentation, Elyse Petersen will introduce the history of the Darjeeling tea industry, it's current situation, and some ideas of what the future of the industry could be.  Tea from Darjeeling will be served during the presentation.

FREE
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Greater Tea World

Three Dark Teas of Taiwan

James Erb, of American Gongfu

Taiwan is best known for exquisite high-mountain Oolongs–in particular, lightly oxidized Oolongs from Alishan and Lishan with floral, buttercream and vegetal profiles. This session, however, will focus on the excellent highly oxidized red teas (black teas) of Taiwan. These are prized for their rich flavor profile, inherent sweetness, and smooth, non-astringent finish. Together, we will do some comparative experiments in steeping and temperature control with and without a thermometer to find each tea’s ‘sweet spot’. For at least one tea we will also compare samples of varying grade and provenance. Finally, we will experiment with some fine quality Oriental Beauty–not a red tea, but a highly-oxidized Oolong. Like Indian Darjeeling, Oriental Beauty is highly sensitive to slight differences in water temperature. We'll work to bring out the transcendent sweet profile of this famous tea. This is a great session for those new to Taiwanese red teas, for those coming from Anglo-American tea culture into Asian teas and brewing styles, and for those who want practical experience in steeping at the right temperature using simple tools. Participants will leave with knowledge of Taiwanese red teas and practical experience controlling tea temperature using simple brewing vessels. Every participant will also receive a borosilicate glass brewing pot to take home.

$10
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British Tea Traditions

Tea Blending for Fun (for kids)

Babette Donaldson, Author & Founder of Intl Tea Sippers Society

Create your own afternoon tea party bend! Flavored teas are popular and crafting your own recipes can be a special treat to share with family and friends. Mixtures of healthful dried fruits and herbs with a base of good quality tea can successfully replace the desire for artificially flavored and sweetened canned drinks. Great with children and all ages. (And save $$$ too!)  Babette Donaldson will lead a hands-on blending workshop, demonstrating simple techniques to create your own unique flavors and then prepare to share them with confidence.  After we craft yummy new concoctions, we will use some simple new methods to brew and share them.

FREE
Eventbrite - TeaFestPDX
CHINA

History and Use of the Gaiwan

Jhanne Jasmine of Stash Tea

Join us for this fun class where you’ll learn how to use a gaiwan cup while enjoying one of China’s most famous teas, Ti Kuan Yin oolong.  Gaiwans were commonly used during the Ming Dynasty 1200 plus years ago by the rather barbaric Chinese Emperors of those times, and when invited, members of their court.   Emperor “Jasmine” will attempt to re-enact this tradition by first teaching all participants how to use a gaiwan cup properly. She will then share some history about Ti Kuan Yin Tea and we will hold court together while discussing the development of the Gaiwan cup and the wonders of Ti Kuan Yin tea. Participants will receive a gaiwan as part of the class.

$10
Eventbrite - TeaFestPDX
JAPAN

Chado

Margie Yap of Issoan Tea School

Chado - presentation of the famous Japanese tea ceremony, where matcha is prepared for guests in a peaceful, tranquil setting on tatami mats.

$10
Eventbrite - TeaFestPDX

1:00 PM

India/Nepal/Sri Lanka

Exploring Ceylon Tea, an insight into tea production in Sri Lanka

Nathan Wakeford, Founder of Somage Fine Foods

This presentation given by Nathan Wakeford of Somage will provide an insight into production factors that affect the quality and taste of black tea. The presentation will finish with a tasting of different grades of black tea from Ahinsa Organic Tea Estate. Nathan is founder of the world tea brewing championship, the Australasian specialty tea association and Somage Fine Foods, creator of Australia's leading specialty organic tea brand "Chamellia".

FREE
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Greater Tea World

Armenian Herbal Teas

Presented by Melia Hadidian Tichenor & Sona Tadevosian

Relying on folk medicine, Armenians cultivate curative properties of the plants and use it as a tea. The roots of this ancient tradition would be presented. Also, the different types of the most popular cultivated teas in Armenia and hand-harvesting tricks used by grandmothers will be presented. Dressed in traditional Armenian garb the presenters will also share the rich taste of those teas during the presentation.

$10
Eventbrite - TeaFestPDX
JAPAN

History of Matcha

TBD

From the Imperial Song Dynasty of China to today's superfood, learn of matcha's unique story

FREE
Eventbrite - TeaFestPDX
CHINA

Fujian Teas

Charles & Laurie Dawson

China's Fujian province is the birthplace of many of the world's best teas, from the original Da Hong Pao oolong of Wuyi Shan that sells for over $15,000 per pound to the Bai Hao Yin Zhen silver needles of Fuding.  We will be demonstrating traditional Chinese tea practices while tasting a variety of high end tea from Fujian and discussing how they relate to this region of China.  This will be an informal and relaxed presentation appropriate for all ages.

$10
Eventbrite - TeaFestPDX
British Tea Traditions

Scones Baking Demo

Brenda Burg, Owner of Newberg Bakery

Learn tips on making the ever elusive perfect scone from experienced baker Brenda Burg.  Enjoy samples of scones from her bakery during the presentation.

FREE
Eventbrite - TeaFestPDX

2:00 PM

JAPAN

Japanese Green Teas

Eric Lane, Owner of Tea Dogu, a purveyor of fine Japanese teas

This presentation will present a breakdown of Japanese green teas. The differences will be discussed, and tastings of several will be offered: matcha, sencha gyokuro, hoji-cha and kuki-cha.

FREE
Eventbrite - TeaFestPDX
India/Nepal/Sri Lanka

From the Faraway Land of the Blue Hills and the Red River- the Story of the Cup that Cheers

Gayatree S. Sarma is a faculty of Business at Linfield College in Oregon. The granddaughter of a tea scientist; Gayatree grew up in Assam, India – a state known for its famous tea.

Come and learn about the role of tea in the vibrant, mystical and beautiful culture of India. Whether sipped in a tea stall by a dusty road in a village or in a beautiful parlor -tea allows people a way to savor life, socialize, and to take a pause from everyday mundanity. Sip your own cup of Assam tea while the presenter takes you on a journey filled with history, cultural significance, and tips on making the perfect cup of tea/chai as well as sustainability efforts in the industry in India.

FREE
Eventbrite - TeaFestPDX
CHINA

A Journey Through Pu-Erh Varieties

Jeffrey McIntosh, Founder of Teabook

Dive into the world of Pu-erh tea, an often-misunderstood variety of dark tea exclusively grown in Yunnan Province, China. Pu-erh expert Jeffrey McIntosh will help you uncover what makes Pu-erh seem so mystical, including differentiating between raw and ripe variations, properly brewing and storing pu-erh, exploring tea fermentation, possible health benefits, and tasting notes unique to both ripe and raw pu-erh teas. Savor some decadent pu-erh teas and walk away feeling confident in your newfound knowledge.

$10
Eventbrite - TeaFestPDX
British Tea Traditions

Cultural and Financial History of Tea

Jennifer Petersen of TeaTradeMart.com, Certified Tea Mentor by the Tea Assn of the USA

Explore the timeline of tea as it crossed from China to monks to Japan; opium wars; the great clipper races; British colonialism including the current grading of teas in former British colonies;  then to France; royal marriages; tea as a mainstay in British culture.

$10
Eventbrite - TeaFestPDX
Greater Tea World

An Insiders Guide to Post-Processing

Presented by Quinn Brockman of Townshend's Tea

Take the enjoyment of tea a step further through learning subtle art post-processing. Many of the world's most popular teas are a result of "enhancements" done to tea leaves that are already finished. This class will touch on the delicate scent of jasmine green teas and the robust taste of earl grey and much more! Participants will receive a complimentary tasting.

FREE
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Greater Tea World

NW Wu-Wo Ceremony

Presented by Wu-Wo collective

Experience the Wu-Wo Tea Ceremony - please watch video before festival! Grab your tea pot and come play with us! Or just watch and learn how easy and fun this ceremony is while still getting to taste all the wonderful teas.  Wu-Wo allows many participants to brew and share tea together at the same time. No experience necessary. If you would like to participate as a brewer, please watch the video on the basics and what to bring. Hot water will be provided and there will be tea brewing kits and equipment for sale.

FREE
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3:00 PM

CHINA

Taiwan Stored Pu'er

David Galli, Founder of PDXTEA

Aged teas are best enjoyed slowly. We will simply drink one nicely stored shēng pu'er from the early 1990s.  The tea is an 8582 cake, though probably produced by a non-official factory.  It's a wonderful experience to follow a tea like this through many brewings.

$20
Eventbrite - TeaFestPDX
Greater Tea World

Kundalini Yoga, Meditation & Tea

Anja Sofia Churchill,Yoga instructor, health and spirituality coach

This free hour long class is an experience of enhanced sensory awareness, bridging our inner awareness with our outer experience, to support the enjoyment of tea. We will practice physical exercises to strengthen digestion, balance the nervous system and lighten the mind in preparation for a deep healing meditation and tea tasting. No prior yoga experience necessary. Please wear clothing which is comfortable to move and sit in.

FREE
Eventbrite - TeaFestPDX
Greater Tea World

Tea Spirits, Mixology 101 & Kombucha Cocktails

Presented by Addison Harris of Thomas & Sons Distillery (Townshend's Tea)

Come learn about the newest innovation in the tea world: spirits made from tea! Join Addison Harris, of Portland's own Thomas & Sons Distillery as she provides insights into the story and process of making craft tea spirits in SE Portland. The presentation will also provide you with the basics of mixology, and finish with a cocktail class and tasting of Tea Spirits and a Kombucha cocktail. Participants must be 21+.

$10
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JAPAN

What Makes a Good Matcha Bowl

Margie Yap of Issoan Tea School

Each tea bowl is an individual work of art. Find out the characteristics of a good matcha bowl.

FREE
Eventbrite - TeaFestPDX
British Tea Traditions

Tea Poetry Reading by Earlene Grey

Susan Patterson, Author

Sip some tea while enjoying poetry read by Susan Patterson (aka Earlene Grey).  Patterson has five published books, authors two blogs, a column and is a weekly guest on the English podcast show, Radio Kidderminster. It has been said that her works bring a soft education to the planet. You will find Susan’s writing unique, witty, instantly pertinent and, at times, spiritual...as comforting as a good cup of tea. When she reads her words, it is even better.

FREE
Eventbrite - TeaFestPDX

4:00 PM

Greater Tea World

Teas from the Road Less Travelled

Presented by Charity Chalmers, Owner of Chariteas

Come take a journey, in tea, through Vietnam & Indonesia. We will taste a variety in this class - from white tea, to green tea, and even Oolong. Charity will share from her experiences in traveling, and from her expertise being a tea connoisseur over the past 11+ years. Sign-up to seal your spot on this steeped adventure.

FREE
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CHINA

Taiwanese Formal Small Pot Tea Ceremony Demonstration

Betsy Meyer, certified instructor with the American Tea Culture Society in California

This ceremony is based on traditional Chinese Gong-Fu (literally “making tea with skill”) dating back over 400 yearsto the Ming Dynasty. 40 years ago Grand Master Tsai of the Lu-Yu Tea Culture Institute realized that Gong-Fu brewing was headed for extinction as Taiwan society modernized. In response, Master Tsai modified traditional Gong-Fu service to create a formal ceremony that was not only elegant and relaxed but also neat and practical. This demonstration will include an explanation of the basic procedure and equipment used in this skillful brewing method.

FREE
Eventbrite - TeaFestPDX
JAPAN

Chado

Barbara Walker

Chado - presentation of the famous Japanese tea ceremony, where matcha is prepared for guests in a peaceful, tranquil setting on tatami mats.

$10
Eventbrite - TeaFestPDX

Japan

10:00 AM

Chado

Jan Waldmann of Do Shin Tei

Chado - presentation of the famous Japanese tea ceremony, where matcha is prepared for guests in a peaceful, tranquil setting on tatami mats.

$10
Eventbrite - TeaFestPDX
11:00 AM

Japanese Teas

Representative of Jugestudo, Japanese tea company

Jugetsudo will present Japanese teas including matcha, sencha, genmaicha, hojicha, and offer samples to the audience.

FREE
Eventbrite - TeaFestPDX
12:00 PM

Chado

Margie Yap of Issoan Tea School

Chado - presentation of the famous Japanese tea ceremony, where matcha is prepared for guests in a peaceful, tranquil setting on tatami mats.

$10
Eventbrite - TeaFestPDX
1:00 PM

History of Matcha

TBD

From the Imperial Song Dynasty of China to today's superfood, learn of matcha's unique story

FREE
Eventbrite - TeaFestPDX
2:00 PM

Japanese Green Teas

Eric Lane, Owner of Tea Dogu, a purveyor of fine Japanese teas

This presentation will present a breakdown of Japanese green teas. The differences will be discussed, and tastings of several will be offered: matcha, sencha gyokuro, hoji-cha and kuki-cha.

FREE
Eventbrite - TeaFestPDX
3:00 PM

What Makes a Good Matcha Bowl

Margie Yap of Issoan Tea School

Each tea bowl is an individual work of art. Find out the characteristics of a good matcha bowl.

FREE
Eventbrite - TeaFestPDX
4:00 PM

Chado

Barbara Walker

Chado - presentation of the famous Japanese tea ceremony, where matcha is prepared for guests in a peaceful, tranquil setting on tatami mats.

$10
Eventbrite - TeaFestPDX

CHINA

10:00 AM

Gong Fu Ceremony

Pearl Zhuo Zhang, Owner of Red Robe Teahouse & Café

Learn about the traditional Chinese gong fu tea ceremony, involving the ritualized preparation and presentation of tea as demonstrated by Pearl of the Red Robe Teahouse & Café.

$10
Eventbrite - TeaFestPDX
11:00 AM

Famous Oolongs

Dewey Meyer, director of NW Wu-Wo Assn

Come experience some of the most infamous Oolongs from China and Taiwan.  Learn where they come from, their processing techniques, and the legends behind them. Savor their flavor for yourself and then walk away with the information and the teas you’ll need to take your friends and family on a tea tasting journey of their own.

$10
Eventbrite - TeaFestPDX
12:00 PM

History and Use of the Gaiwan

Jhanne Jasmine of Stash Tea

Join us for this fun class where you’ll learn how to use a gaiwan cup while enjoying one of China’s most famous teas, Ti Kuan Yin oolong.  Gaiwans were commonly used during the Ming Dynasty 1200 plus years ago by the rather barbaric Chinese Emperors of those times, and when invited, members of their court.   Emperor “Jasmine” will attempt to re-enact this tradition by first teaching all participants how to use a gaiwan cup properly. She will then share some history about Ti Kuan Yin Tea and we will hold court together while discussing the development of the Gaiwan cup and the wonders of Ti Kuan Yin tea. Participants will receive a gaiwan as part of the class.

$10
Eventbrite - TeaFestPDX
1:00 PM

Fujian Teas

Charles & Laurie Dawson

China's Fujian province is the birthplace of many of the world's best teas, from the original Da Hong Pao oolong of Wuyi Shan that sells for over $15,000 per pound to the Bai Hao Yin Zhen silver needles of Fuding.  We will be demonstrating traditional Chinese tea practices while tasting a variety of high end tea from Fujian and discussing how they relate to this region of China.  This will be an informal and relaxed presentation appropriate for all ages.

$10
Eventbrite - TeaFestPDX
2:00 PM

A Journey Through Pu-Erh Varieties

Jeffrey McIntosh, Founder of Teabook

Dive into the world of Pu-erh tea, an often-misunderstood variety of dark tea exclusively grown in Yunnan Province, China. Pu-erh expert Jeffrey McIntosh will help you uncover what makes Pu-erh seem so mystical, including differentiating between raw and ripe variations, properly brewing and storing pu-erh, exploring tea fermentation, possible health benefits, and tasting notes unique to both ripe and raw pu-erh teas. Savor some decadent pu-erh teas and walk away feeling confident in your newfound knowledge.

$10
Eventbrite - TeaFestPDX
3:00 PM

Taiwan Stored Pu'er

David Galli, Founder of PDXTEA

Aged teas are best enjoyed slowly. We will simply drink one nicely stored shēng pu'er from the early 1990s.  The tea is an 8582 cake, though probably produced by a non-official factory.  It's a wonderful experience to follow a tea like this through many brewings.

$20
Eventbrite - TeaFestPDX
4:00 PM

Taiwanese Formal Small Pot Tea Ceremony Demonstration

Betsy Meyer, certified instructor with the American Tea Culture Society in California

This ceremony is based on traditional Chinese Gong-Fu (literally “making tea with skill”) dating back over 400 yearsto the Ming Dynasty. 40 years ago Grand Master Tsai of the Lu-Yu Tea Culture Institute realized that Gong-Fu brewing was headed for extinction as Taiwan society modernized. In response, Master Tsai modified traditional Gong-Fu service to create a formal ceremony that was not only elegant and relaxed but also neat and practical. This demonstration will include an explanation of the basic procedure and equipment used in this skillful brewing method.

FREE
Eventbrite - TeaFestPDX

British Tea Traditions

10:00 AM

Georgian Apparel for Tea Time & Tea Ritual

Nora Azevedo, member of Oregon Regency Society, seamstress

Learn about tea time apparel and history in the Regency Era through this presentation performed in Georgian apparel.

FREE
Eventbrite - TeaFestPDX
11:00 AM

Afternoon Tea vs High Tea

Cindy Sutliff, Owner of Tea Time & Supplies

Learn about the history and differences between afternoon tea and high tea in an engaging presentation by the owner of Tea Time in St. Helens.  Tea will be served during the presentation.

FREE
Eventbrite - TeaFestPDX
12:00 PM

Tea Blending for Fun (for kids)

Babette Donaldson, Author & Founder of Intl Tea Sippers Society

Create your own afternoon tea party bend! Flavored teas are popular and crafting your own recipes can be a special treat to share with family and friends. Mixtures of healthful dried fruits and herbs with a base of good quality tea can successfully replace the desire for artificially flavored and sweetened canned drinks. Great with children and all ages. (And save $$$ too!)  Babette Donaldson will lead a hands-on blending workshop, demonstrating simple techniques to create your own unique flavors and then prepare to share them with confidence.  After we craft yummy new concoctions, we will use some simple new methods to brew and share them.

FREE
Eventbrite - TeaFestPDX
1:00 PM

Scones Baking Demo

Brenda Burg, Owner of Newberg Bakery

Learn tips on making the ever elusive perfect scone from experienced baker Brenda Burg.  Enjoy samples of scones from her bakery during the presentation.

FREE
Eventbrite - TeaFestPDX
2:00 PM

Cultural and Financial History of Tea

Jennifer Petersen of TeaTradeMart.com, Certified Tea Mentor by the Tea Assn of the USA

Explore the timeline of tea as it crossed from China to monks to Japan; opium wars; the great clipper races; British colonialism including the current grading of teas in former British colonies;  then to France; royal marriages; tea as a mainstay in British culture.

$10
Eventbrite - TeaFestPDX
3:00 PM

Tea Poetry Reading by Earlene Grey

Susan Patterson, Author

Sip some tea while enjoying poetry read by Susan Patterson (aka Earlene Grey).  Patterson has five published books, authors two blogs, a column and is a weekly guest on the English podcast show, Radio Kidderminster. It has been said that her works bring a soft education to the planet. You will find Susan’s writing unique, witty, instantly pertinent and, at times, spiritual...as comforting as a good cup of tea. When she reads her words, it is even better.

FREE
Eventbrite - TeaFestPDX

India/Nepal/Sri Lanka

10:00 AM

Chai - Folklore, History, and Stories

Kevin Von Behren, Owner of Fly Awake Tea Garden

Prepare to be entertained and have your tastebuds be delighted by this engaging presentation by the owner of Portland's Fly Awake Tea house. Kevin will share tips about making chai and share some of the history of the famous Indian drink. Kevin's chai was voted best of Portland by the Mercury this year.  Chai will be served during the presentation.

$10
Eventbrite - TeaFestPDX
11:00 AM

A Tour of Indian Teas: The Story of the World's 2nd Largest Tea Industry

Raj Vable, Founder of Young Mountain Tea

Join us as we dive into the fascinating story of how the British stole tea from China and brought it to the Indian subcontinent. Along the way, we'll stop to drink teas from each of India's major tea producing regions including Darjeeling, Assam, and the Nilgiris. Come thirsty!

$10
Eventbrite - TeaFestPDX
12:00 PM

Darjeeling Tea - An industry in Unrest

Elyse Petersen, Founder of Tealet.com

The most famous region for Indian Tea, Darjeeling, is currently transitioning in a renaissance as local people, mostly tea farm workers, are demanding democracy for themselves. With the help of social media, the Gorkha people of Darjeeling have coordinated a labor strike of proportion that has neven been seen in India. In this presentation, Elyse Petersen will introduce the history of the Darjeeling tea industry, it's current situation, and some ideas of what the future of the industry could be.  Tea from Darjeeling will be served during the presentation.

FREE
Eventbrite - TeaFestPDX
1:00 PM

Exploring Ceylon Tea, an insight into tea production in Sri Lanka

Nathan Wakeford, Founder of Somage Fine Foods

This presentation given by Nathan Wakeford of Somage will provide an insight into production factors that affect the quality and taste of black tea. The presentation will finish with a tasting of different grades of black tea from Ahinsa Organic Tea Estate. Nathan is founder of the world tea brewing championship, the Australasian specialty tea association and Somage Fine Foods, creator of Australia's leading specialty organic tea brand "Chamellia".

FREE
Eventbrite - TeaFestPDX
2:00 PM

From the Faraway Land of the Blue Hills and the Red River- the Story of the Cup that Cheers

Gayatree S. Sarma is a faculty of Business at Linfield College in Oregon. The granddaughter of a tea scientist; Gayatree grew up in Assam, India – a state known for its famous tea.

Come and learn about the role of tea in the vibrant, mystical and beautiful culture of India. Whether sipped in a tea stall by a dusty road in a village or in a beautiful parlor -tea allows people a way to savor life, socialize, and to take a pause from everyday mundanity. Sip your own cup of Assam tea while the presenter takes you on a journey filled with history, cultural significance, and tips on making the perfect cup of tea/chai as well as sustainability efforts in the industry in India.

FREE
Eventbrite - TeaFestPDX

Greater Tea World

10:00 AM

Kundalini Yoga, Meditation & Tea

Anja Sofia Churchill,Yoga instructor, health and spirituality coach

This free hour long class is an experience of enhanced sensory awareness, bridging our inner awareness with our outer experience, to support the enjoyment of tea. We will practice physical exercises to strengthen digestion, balance the nervous system and lighten the mind in preparation for a deep healing meditation and tea tasting. No prior yoga experience necessary. Please wear clothing which is comfortable to move and sit in.

FREE
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10:00 AM

Tools for Tea Blending: Working With Herbs

Heather Agosta, President of Jasmine Pearl Tea Company

Herbs and spices are used in many tea and tisane blends. In this class we will focus on how to effectively blend with aromatic herbs and spices. We will discuss which herbs are good ingredients for blending and how to evaluate herb for quality. Then we will do a focused comparative cupping for a better understanding of flavor profiles of single herbs.

$10
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11:00 AM

Walking Through 5 Genres of Loose Leaf Tea

Jeffrey McIntosh, Founder of Teabook

While blended teas have become increasingly popular in recent years, it’s essential to understand the exact differentiations between pure loose leaf varieties. In this workshop we will explore the flavor palettes, liquors, origins, and more characteristics of the six basic classifications of tea. By the end of the session, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of tea production and origin and be able to clearly differentiate all six genres of tea and their qualities.

$5
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12:00 PM

Three Dark Teas of Taiwan

James Erb, of American Gongfu

Taiwan is best known for exquisite high-mountain Oolongs–in particular, lightly oxidized Oolongs from Alishan and Lishan with floral, buttercream and vegetal profiles. This session, however, will focus on the excellent highly oxidized red teas (black teas) of Taiwan. These are prized for their rich flavor profile, inherent sweetness, and smooth, non-astringent finish. Together, we will do some comparative experiments in steeping and temperature control with and without a thermometer to find each tea’s ‘sweet spot’. For at least one tea we will also compare samples of varying grade and provenance. Finally, we will experiment with some fine quality Oriental Beauty–not a red tea, but a highly-oxidized Oolong. Like Indian Darjeeling, Oriental Beauty is highly sensitive to slight differences in water temperature. We'll work to bring out the transcendent sweet profile of this famous tea. This is a great session for those new to Taiwanese red teas, for those coming from Anglo-American tea culture into Asian teas and brewing styles, and for those who want practical experience in steeping at the right temperature using simple tools. Participants will leave with knowledge of Taiwanese red teas and practical experience controlling tea temperature using simple brewing vessels. Every participant will also receive a borosilicate glass brewing pot to take home.

$10
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1:00 PM

Armenian Herbal Teas

Presented by Melia Hadidian Tichenor & Sona Tadevosian

Relying on folk medicine, Armenians cultivate curative properties of the plants and use it as a tea. The roots of this ancient tradition would be presented. Also, the different types of the most popular cultivated teas in Armenia and hand-harvesting tricks used by grandmothers will be presented. Dressed in traditional Armenian garb the presenters will also share the rich taste of those teas during the presentation.

$10
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2:00 PM

NW Wu-Wo Ceremony

Presented by Wu-Wo collective

Experience the Wu-Wo Tea Ceremony - please watch video before festival! Grab your tea pot and come play with us! Or just watch and learn how easy and fun this ceremony is while still getting to taste all the wonderful teas.  Wu-Wo allows many participants to brew and share tea together at the same time. No experience necessary. If you would like to participate as a brewer, please watch the video on the basics and what to bring. Hot water will be provided and there will be tea brewing kits and equipment for sale.

FREE
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2:00 PM

An Insiders Guide to Post-Processing

Presented by Quinn Brockman of Townshend's Tea

Take the enjoyment of tea a step further through learning subtle art post-processing. Many of the world's most popular teas are a result of "enhancements" done to tea leaves that are already finished. This class will touch on the delicate scent of jasmine green teas and the robust taste of earl grey and much more! Participants will receive a complimentary tasting.

FREE
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3:00 PM

Kundalini Yoga, Meditation & Tea

Anja Sofia Churchill,Yoga instructor, health and spirituality coach

This free hour long class is an experience of enhanced sensory awareness, bridging our inner awareness with our outer experience, to support the enjoyment of tea. We will practice physical exercises to strengthen digestion, balance the nervous system and lighten the mind in preparation for a deep healing meditation and tea tasting. No prior yoga experience necessary. Please wear clothing which is comfortable to move and sit in.

FREE
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3:00 PM

Tea Spirits, Mixology 101 & Kombucha Cocktails

Presented by Addison Harris of Thomas & Sons Distillery (Townshend's Tea)

Come learn about the newest innovation in the tea world: spirits made from tea! Join Addison Harris, of Portland's own Thomas & Sons Distillery as she provides insights into the story and process of making craft tea spirits in SE Portland. The presentation will also provide you with the basics of mixology, and finish with a cocktail class and tasting of Tea Spirits and a Kombucha cocktail. Participants must be 21+.

$10
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4:00 PM

Teas from the Road Less Travelled

Presented by Charity Chalmers, Owner of Chariteas

Come take a journey, in tea, through Vietnam & Indonesia. We will taste a variety in this class - from white tea, to green tea, and even Oolong. Charity will share from her experiences in traveling, and from her expertise being a tea connoisseur over the past 11+ years. Sign-up to seal your spot on this steeped adventure.

FREE
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* Prices for paid classes and presentations do not include the general admission fee of $10 which is paid at the door.

who can you expect to see...

We're excited that these local and global tea distributors, businesses, vendors and sponsors are all a part of the tea festival!

Our vision

Our vision is to celebrate and provide education about tea in all its forms while strengthening and bringing together the unique tea culture here in Portland, Oregon. Tea is the great unifier; for centuries people the world over have been sitting down to share a cup of tea with each other in the name of family, pleasure, business, and even politics. Tea creates a common meeting ground where differences fall away solutions appear and peace resides. 

"Whether you are a seasoned tea lover or simply tea-curious, we want to celebrate, learn and experience with you the rich history and unifying qualities of tea."

Who we are

Tea Fest PDX is a comprised of a community of tea visionaries, business owners and tireless volunteers who all share the vision of celebrating tea culture in Portland. Together we are combining our unique skills and passions to bring the festival to life. 

How it all started

We’ve had the pleasure of attending the Northwest Tea Festival in Seattle the past few years and realized just how many people who enjoy and participate in tea culture were travelling from Oregon for this event. With the nudge of encouragement and continued support from the NW Tea Festival organizers we've been able to bring the idea of a tea festival of our own to fruition through the help and hard work of our local tea community.

Our ultimate goal has been to create an annual, community event where the people of our city’s rich and every growing tea culture can come together for the celebration, education and enjoyment of tea!

many ways to support us

Our vision is about bringing together a community, and we need your help!

There are many ways to support us. Want to be a part of it all but not sure how? We’d love for you to be a staff volunteer at the Tea Fest event on July 22nd. Do you own a tea or tea related business which contributes to the wellbeing of Portland? You can sign up to be a vendor or a sponsor for the event. Like all good things, our vision needs time, attention and support in order to grow.

Volunteer

Be a part of the tea fest experience for free, while volunteering your time on the day of the event or beforehand to help us make sure everything goes smoothly!

Volunteer
Sponsor

Support us with a financial gift, get a free vendor booth for your business, special shout-outs on social media and your logo on our marketing materials.

Sponsor
Vendor

An opportunity to be a part of the festival, promote your tea related business and sell your wares, being a vendor is the perfect way to keep tea culture in Portland growing.

Vend