Here is hoping everyone had a completely awesome Halloween, filled with candy, pumpkins, and ghost stories 🙂 I know that I had a good one. Here’s a picture of my boyfriend, my awesome friend, and me hanging out in our costumes!
There are going to be TWO exciting events going on for this upcoming weekend that you should all get super-excited about and hopefully attend! First, on Saturday, November 8th, I have another Tea Love talk!
Camden County Library, 203 Laurel Road, Voorhees, New Jersey 08043, decided to invite me back for another talk on Saturday, November 8th at 1:00 PM. This time, we will be focusing on Asian culture, specifically Chinese culture and tea, Japanese culture and tea, and Singaporean culture and tea. I am really excited to be a part of their programming again!
This time, we also have an added surprise – Ovidia Yu, author of Aunty Lee’s Deadly Specials, will be joining us to talk about her book and will be selling copies for interested patrons. Come hear about Rosie “Aunty” Lee, a vibrant cook, restaurant owner, amateur detective, and very feisty woman works to solve a murder, uncover what she thinks is an illegal organ selling market, and save her restaurant’s reputation after being accused of accidentally poisoning the murder victims! This book is the second of the series following Aunty Lee, the first being Aunty Lee’s Delights.
The second exciting event? The second annual Coffee and Tea Festival will be returning to Philadelphia, PA November 8 – 9. Head on over to Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Avenue, Oaks, PA 19456 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM to meet over 40 exhibitors, get some nice tastings of both coffee and tea, and, most exciting, free stuff! The first 1,000 people through the door will get a free gift bag. Tickets are $20 for a one-day pass or $30 for a two-day pass. Programming is going to be great, ranging from learning about India’s black tea to health and tea to tea etiquette (for all of those awesome tea parties you are attending). For a little extra, you can also go to tea pairings and take a whole seminar on the tea business.
All sorts of companies are coming from the tea world, the coffee world, and even from the chocolate world (because let’s face it, who doesn’t like a piece of chocolate with their afternoon tea?). The festival also engages in charities. This year, you can donate to Cup for Education, 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, or you can check your coat in and donate to The Committee to Benefit the Children (CBC), which is a 501(c)3 volunteer based charity dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and their families who face cancer, leukemia and serious blood disorders. The CBC’s mission is to provide families facing these challenges with support and resources that are not available elsewhere.
Go out, have an amazing time! I hope to see you at my Tea Love talk and I hope that you will head right over to the Coffee and Tea Festival right after.