If you were to time travel to China any time after 10BC, you are likely to find tea. Tour the world by any means these days, and you are likely to find tea. Statistics say that fifty-one per cent of Americans drink tea every single day. Tea is enjoyed in a countless variety of settings: as a personal moment, as an afternoon ritual with cakes, as a choreographed tradition such as the Japanese Tea Ceremony, and as a special tea tasting for Friends of Folklife at the Northwest Tea Festival! Please RSVP to attend.
Tea is folklife, folks!
The Northwest Tea Festival has extended a special invitation to Friends of Folklife to enjoy a private tea tasting presented by Catherine & Ned Heagerty of Silk Road Teas. As tea purveyors, Catherine and Ned are well known for their tea discoveries, relationships with artisan growers, and their excellent quality tea finds. So, this will be a big treat!
During this session Catherine & Ned will talk about their quest to find rare Chinese teas and make them available in the United States. Attendees will learn about this process and will have the opportunity to sample a selection of these teas, expertly brewed for their enjoyment. There will be ample time for questions and Catherine & Ned will be happy to share some of their vast knowledge about tea.
About Silk Road Teas:
Silk Road Teas is known as a purveyor of rare and artisan teas from China. Each spring, they travel in the tea-rich southeastern provinces to source their teas. Visiting tea markets, small farms, specialty tea companies and tea brokers, they find the finest varieties of white, green, oolong, black and Pu-erh tea.
Silk Road Teas are grown and processed by true artisans of the leaf. They purchase most of their teas in small lots that are single origin and often handmade. It is their belief the best tea is harvested early in the spring, when the days are warming and the nights cool. In that brief harvest window, known as “before the rain” teas, the fresh and tender leaves offer nuanced flavors and tastes. These teas are limited in supply and are recognized as some of the finest teas in the world. Once plucked and processed, many of their teas are not blended and they preserve these unique small lots for their customers’ enjoyment.
Time: October 2nd at 11:00am-12:00pm
Session Title: Fine Artisan Chinese Teas
Session Leaders: Catherine & Ned Heagerty of Silk Road Teas
Admission to the Northwest Tea Festival is $10, and there is no additional charge to Friends of Folklife for this special invitational tasting. RSVP by the end of day Sept 26th.