When you break it down, the pouring of boiling hot water on exotic species of dried plants to produce an aromatic beverage is a rather odd practice. However, what human doesn't enjoy the heart drenching, soul warming and utterly satisfying process that is tea drinking? Perhaps you have yours with lemon and ginger for treating a sore throat. Or perhaps you're a traditionalist, pairing an English Breakfast with a Scotch Finger. Or maybe you like it freaky, smoky and with a hint of bacon – throwing back lapsang souchong whilst penning some prose.
Tea swilling DJ, Danielle Rizk (aka MzRizk), likes her cuppa with a side of music. Usually it's hip hop – her Hip Hop High Tea events in Melbourne have been sell-outs – but this time she's dishing up soul, jazz and funk for the launch of 'The House of Flying Teacups', Melbourne's all new TEAgustation.
This time, Rizk is teaming up with purveyors of yum cha and drool inducers, Happy Palace, for a permanent slot on their menu on Thursdays. Kicking off on 20th February, patrons can expect a selection of the finest teas – jasmine green, green, oolong and black – paired with liquors, liqueurs, garnishes and techniques to create four tea-based cocktails alongside matching dishes from the Happy Palace chefs. Plus a pot of tea to finish!
It wouldn't be a Rizk event without some tunes, so expect auditory enjoyment at The House of Flying Teacups, provided all night long from MzRizk and her many talented DJ mates. Bookings for the evening will be essential as it seems to be Melbourne's "cup of tea" (I know, SO funny right?), so choose between three sittings per evening (the first starting at 6:00pm), with each limited to 32 people. The first in the series will be hosted 20th February, so if you're in the mood for funk and fermentation, scribble down these details below.
The House of Flying Teacups
Each Thursday from 20th February
Happy Palace | 87 Bourke Street in Melbourne
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