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A Tea Festival Is Coming To Sydney

By Brooke Harrison - 20 Jul 2016

Sydney Tea Festival

Infusers at the ready, tea lovers—this one’s for you. 

Here at The Urban List, it’s no secret that we love our coffee, but if we had to choose between a pot of freshly brewed loose leaf chai and a skinny cap, we could be swayed. 

Choosing our favourite tea would be like asking us to pick our favourite child (and we all know that’s frowned upon). Green tea, chai tea, chocolate tea, flower tea. You name it, we’ve tried it and likely enjoyed it, but for whatever reason, coffee’s arch rival never seems to get the street cred it deserves and, with Aussies alone spending $384 million each year on tea, it’s about time we put our money where our mouths are… literally. 

The Sydney Tea Festival is back for the third year in a row, uniting the city’s tea lovers and roping in those who don’t for a day of experience and discovery of specialty teas and artisanal tea providers.

With 50 stall holders, the day has been designed to encourage and grow passion for tea through trial and education. That’s right folks, prep your Keepcups (actually they’ll supply you with a festival cup, so no need to BYO) because there’ll be plenty of tasting to do before you choose which herbal flavours you’ll be taking home with you.  

And because food is always on the brain (is it just us?), there’ll be delicious eats available on the day. Whether that be sweet or savoury, you’ll find Black Star Pastry, Brooklyn Boy Bagels, food trucks, cupcake stalls and a crepery, just to name a few. If you’d like to do a spot of shopping on the day (and let us tell you, tea and tea accessories make the perfect gift), be prepared to be tempted by all the beautiful tea and homewares on offer. 

There will even be ticketed workshops for those who want to deepen their knowledge of tea. Previous years have seen tea and dessert pairing, a chai making masterclass, tea meditation and even tea cupping, so we can only imagine all the cool tea inspired adventures they have in store for us this year. Watch this space for updates!

For those who really want to take full advantage of these pots of nourishing goodness, the brew lounge will be open once again where you can sit, sip, eat and listen to soothing tunes while embracing a very laid back version of high-tea. 

The details

What: Sydney Tea Festival 
Where: Carriageworks
When: Sunday, 21st August 9am – 4pm for the festival. 9am- 5:30pm for the workshops. 

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Image credit: Nabi Tang

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