We may love our coffee, but it's tea that has such a prominent standing in many cultures, with tea ceremonies performed as a fine art. In the western world, don't we all appreciate those wonderful High Teas for special occasions and celebrations with family and friends? For all you tea lovers, the one day only Melbourne Tea Festival on Sunday 21 July 2019 from 9am to 5.30pm at the Meat Market,3 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne, is an event not to be missed!
Get your tickets HERE. Prices range from $12.95 to $49.95 and includes a take home porcelain tea tasting cup valued at $5. There is no box office on the day at the venue, so please purchase your tickets in advance online! There are two ticketed sessions that run from 9am to 1pm and 1.30pm to 5.30pm. For more information, you can check individual events on the Event Pages on Facebook.
Wander through the boutique tea market with your tasting cup in hand and discover some of the finest artisanal teas around. Talk in person to Melbourne's best tea purveyors and blenders; grab a bite to eat and enjoy a cup of tea and check out the tea market with family and friends.
Leading industry specialists will be holding workshops, talks and tastings, so why not sign up for a few and learn more about the magnificent and humble tea leaf. Tickets are available online and are purchased separately to an entry ticket.
The tea market will have dozens of stallholders, tea brands, speciality loose leaf tea, and tisanes of all styles. There'll also be a range of tea wares and tempting sweet and savoury treats.
Your Workshops, Talks and Tastings may answer some of your questions if you ever wondered what the difference was between white, green, oolong or black tea. Get the dregs on tea myths, legends and more from David Lyons, the tea expert. Making and Baking with Matcha will put you face to face with the MasterChef Bernard Chu himself. He'll take Japanese matcha and transform it into two of his favourite delicious desserts. Taste test his creations and take home recipes for your own experimentation.
Learn to blend your own tea and create bespoke blends as unique as yourself to take home. Learn the importance of choosing base teas and how flavours and ratios work together for the best balance and visual appeal. How does tea and cheese pairing grab you? Sounds a bit strange? Prepare to be surprised! Tea specialist Cheryl Teo will guide you through some amazing flavour pairings.
I'm pleased to see some of my favourites like Ghost Kitchen and Minnie Sweets are among the stallholders at the tea market. Ghost Kitchen is that little bit different amongst the wave of food trucks. They stay true to authentic flavours and traditions and add a modern twist that'll send your taste buds on a mini holiday to the streets of Taiwan.
Who better to be at a tea festival than Minnie Sweets! Their wagashi is what tea ceremony dreams are made of. Experience the joys of Japanese confectionery (understated sweetness and a sweet journey of its own) with authentic, beautifully handmade delights that include vegan and gluten free options for everyone.