Next Saturday to Sunday, March 22nd – 23rd, the 9th annual Coffee and Tea Festival will take place in New York! This event will be held at the 69th Regiment Armory, 68 Lexington Avenue (between 25th – 26th). VIP Hour is held Saturday, March 22nd, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM. The general public can then join in on the fun Saturday, March 22nd, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Sunday, March 23rd, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM. While Saturday is currently sold out, Sunday still has a few tickets left!
What is the Coffee and Tea Festival, you might ask? Over 60 vendors from around the world selling tea in one spot, hosting tastings, and giving away gift bags! What more can you ask for? Not only that, there will be special foods that are meant to complement all the teas that you are tasting, adding an extra delight to the show.
Who will be at the show? Well, a small sampling of the tea vendors include DavidsTea, serendipiTea, Harney and Sons (a favorite and a company that I had tried to work for but sadly, without luck), Damn Fine Tea, Salada (anyone remember that tea contest that Tea Love had a while back?), and many others!
As everyone who knows me knows, I am obsessed with philanthropy, charity, and giving back. The Coffee and Tea Festival is no exception. This year, the Coffee and Tea Festival has partnered with Cup for Education. According to the Coffee and Tea Festival website, “Cup for Education is a non-profit organization that is helping poor, rural coffee communities of Central and Latin America build schools within their communities, and assist in providing them with teachers and the basic tools needed to educate future generations of coffee farmers. Cup for Education has bettered the education of children in over eight countries through the implementation of schools, computer labs, libraries, playgrounds, and more.” The organization will have a booth at the festival.
A traveling tea exhibit will be present where artist Michele Brody collected tea-stained bags, asking drinkers to write their thoughts and general reflections on the tea, dubbing the exhibit “Reflections in Tea“. Brody will be present to sip some tea with you.
Finally, the events! Multiple events pertaining to tea and coffee will occur throughout the day. Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn a little more about Taiwanese tea. Or perhaps the robust black tea that, per this workshop, conquered the world! Maybe you want to sample some tea with a cocktail, chocolate, or cheese. Not to fret; there is a workshop for you.
The event is sponsored by:
- Ito En
- The Disney film “Saving Mr. Banks“
Got some free time? Get on over there for the experience of a lifetime! The next festival will be November 8th and 9th in Philadelphia.