Ah there is nothing like a cup of tea, made the traditional way. Put the kettle on, boil it, add boiling water to the teapot, let it sit for a minute. Pour the water out, add tea leaves, pour boiling water over the fresh tea leaves, and let it steep for a minute or two.
Pour out the tea, into cups and saucers of course, using a tea strainer so the cups of tea aren't filled with tea leaves. Now that is how you make a cup of brewed tea. And while it steeps, you sit with your friend or friends and have a little chat, waiting for the tea to brew.
Or if you're like me, who knew nothing about brewing tea at age 17, you add about eight teaspoons of tea leaves to the teapot, while the farm workers are all out gathering hay. Then when they come in to drink a well earned cup of tea, John Watson (family friend) says "That's strong enough to stand the spoon up in." Kind of embarrassing, lesson learned, only need to add 1 or 2 teaspoons of tea leaves.
What has this got to do with my topic? The Australian Tea Expo? If you are a tea lover then you will really enjoy the Australian Tea Expo in Geelong on Saturday October 17th and Sunday October 18th. And you may even learn how to make an excellent cup of tea at the Tea Classes.
At the Australian Tea Expo there are a lot interesting events going on, as well as the main event - which is the expo. There are classes, tea parties, and more.
There are two great web pages dedicated to the Australian Tea Expo, so I am not going to reinvent the wheel. I'll highlight the events, and for any other information you can refer to the 2 websites, which contain more information than I have included here. The Australian Tea Expo website and the Australian Tea Masters.
This is the first annual Australian International Tea Expo, bought to you by the Australian Tea Masters Association. This trade show and conference is an opportunity for industry professionals to show off international specialty teas and related products. For tea enthusiasts this a chance to gain knowledge of tea making, and to try some tea tasting.
The Australian Tea Expo also features the Golden Leaf Awards ceremony, which awards tea professionals for quality tea blends.
If you enjoy tea, tea tasting, tea parties, and everything tea related, this is the expo for you. Come and experience specialty tea, as the expo aims to educate people on quality and aromatic teas. There will be a celebration of cultural diversity as people get to taste and try teas from all around the world.
The Australian International Tea Expo main event will be hosted at The Pier, (Cunningham Pier) Western Beach, Geelong. The Pier has become a great venue for expos, demonstrations, and exhibitions. Located on The Pier is a bar named City Quarter, A restaurant named Baveras and an alfresco café called The Dock. You could tour the Tea Expo then dine at one of the cafés on The Pier, or stroll into town and dine at one of the restaurants, bars, cafés or hotels in the city.
Black Tea Dinner
A formal Black Tea Dinner will be held on Saturday evening (17th October) at the Novotel, Geelong. Featuring a delicious menu, and wines, each course will be paired with a tea. There will be cultural entertainment and an awards ceremony for various winners of the Golden Leaf Awards. You will need to make a reservation to attend this dinner.
Australian Tea Expo
Children's Tea Party
Sunday 18th October, during the afternoon, there is a special event for children of all ages. Attend the tea party and have a chance to meet "Elsa and Anna" from the movie "Frozen". The tea party is mainly for under 12s, however anyone can attend the event. It is being held at the Geelong Carousel. Places are limited so please book in advance so your children aren't disappointed. Contact Australian Tea Masters for booking information.
High Tea Over the Bay
Each afternoon of the Expo high tea will be served, including tea games, quizzes, prizes, and cakes and biscuits. Sit in The Pier's glass conference room, enjoy high tea and a spectacular view out over the bay. Bookings are essential for high tea, and places are limited.
Enjoy workshops, tea tasting, classes and tea cuppings. For an educational tea learning experience, classes will be held from October 16 to 18 at the Geelong Boat House. Join in the first floating tea classroom, and learn about tea in an exciting and interesting learning experience. Bookings are essential and places are limited.
Enjoy a Cup of Tea
I hope you all enjoy a tea-totaller experience at the Australian Tea Expo. Please leave a comment if you find this page helpful or upload a photo of your day at the Expo.
General Information, how to book and a schedule can be found here.