By Lori Bosworth
It’s only mid-January and Torontonians have already faced a rough winter. But there’s something that will always take the edge off of winter: a hot cup of your favourite tea (and we’re hosting a contest; see below). If you would like to learn more about fine teas and tea culture, you may want to check out the Toronto Tea Festival, which is returning to the Toronto Reference Library, Bram and Bluma Appel Salon on February 1 and 2, 2014.
With your ticket, you will be able to sample hundreds of varieties of tea and learn about the finer elements of tea through talking to tea sommeliers and attending presentations made by tea experts including Raelene Gannon, Jeff Fuchs, Linda Gaylard, Michelle Pierce Hamilton, Austin Hodge, Kevin Gascoyne, Dan Johanis and Trevor Burnett. You will also learn about tea culture through the tea art exhibition, Japanese tea ceremony and musical performance. Don’t forget to check out items up for bid at the silent auction.
Single day tickets to the Toronto Tea Festival are $10 and weekend passes are $20 and can be purchased online.
TEA FOR TWO CONTEST DETAILS:
In the spirit of the Toronto Tea Festival, we are hosting a giveaway of afternoon tea for two in your home along with two 100 gram pouches of tea ($100 value) courtesy of Shari Rowland of Tea Celebrations. In order to be entered in the contest, participants must complete all four steps below:
1) Like Torontonicity’s Facebook page (If you have already liked our Facebook page, that’s fine.)
2) Post a comment at the bottom of this blog post beginning with “My favourite tea is…”.
3) Like Tea Celebrations’ Facebook page (If you have already liked Tea Celebrations’ Facebook page, that’s fine.)
4) Post a comment on Tea Celebrations’ Facebook page beginning with “My favourite tea is…”.
Tea: Choice of two from a wide variety of teas including green teas, white teas, herbal teas and traditional teas that will be given at that time.
Finger sandwiches: Egg salad with chives / tuna salad with celery / cucumber and cream cheese
Scones: Choice of two from Blueberry lemon, Raspberry with White Chocolate and Ginger with Pear
Tea for Two will be catered in your home and everything required for a perfect little tea is provided along with all the linen, lace, china, condiments and cutlery. The winners will also receive two 100 gram pouches of tea that they can then enjoy another time. Total value of this package is $100.00.
Must be located within the GTA or a fuel charge will apply.
More guests could be added at regular costs if winners would like.
Contest closes on February 10, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Draw takes place on February 11, 2014.
Tea for Two must be booked by April 30, 2014 (tea could take place in May 2014). At least two weeks notice is required to book your tea due to scheduling.