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2018 VANCOUVER TEA FESTIVAL TASTINGS & PRESENTATIONS

The 2018 Vancouver Tea Festival features an abundance of free (with festival admission) and by-donation tea tastings, premium tea tastings, and free tea & cultural presentations throughout the weekend.

All free and by-donation tastings - including a gongfu cha tea bar, matcha bar (*Saturday only), and gongfu cha tables staffed by masterful and entertaining facilitators - will be located in the exhibition hall of the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver, amid the festival’s marketplace. These will be free-form, continuous tastings occurring for the duration of the event, accessible to anyone with a festival admission ticket - no extra tickets required! Simply show up with your tea cup and enjoy!

The scheduled presentations and premium tastings listed below will take place throughout the day, both days of the festival, in the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden (next to the Chinese Cultural Centre). Presentations will take place hourly, on the half-hour, in the Garden's largest room, the Hall of a Hundred Rivers; premium tastings will take place hourly, on the hour, in the more intimate Scholar's Study at the Garden.

All presentations will be free of charge, while premium tastings will have a nominal fee, intended solely to cover the presenters' time and materials. All premium tastings will be ticketed separately; a limited number of advance tickets to these tastings may be purchased starting Monday, October 22nd, via the link in the description of each session below. The remainder of tickets to each tasting will be available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis, at the admission table in the Chinese Cultural Centre ONLY, one hour prior to the start of that tasting - for example, tickets to a 3 PM tasting will go on sale at 2 PM - and will be limited to two tickets per person.

Please note that purchasing a ticket to a premium tasting does not on its own automatically grant access to the Garden. To access any presentations or premium tastings, you will require a combined Garden + Exhibition Hall ticket; attendees who have purchased Exhibition Hall Only tickets will be required to upgrade to a Garden + Exhibition Hall ticket prior to being admitted to any session.


PRESENTATION SCHEDULE - Saturday, November 3rd

All presentations are free and non-ticketed; they will take place in the Hall of a Hundred Rivers at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
 

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Matcha 101
Presenter: Kimmy Xiao, Whisk Premium Matcha

Learn everything about matcha with Kimmy, the founder of Whisk Premium Matcha. Get first-hand knowledge on what matcha is, its history and culture, how it's been produced and graded, different ways of preparing it, and its amazing health benefits. At the end of the session, you will receive a free booklet.


11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Herbal Tea-Making Workshop
Presenters: Tegan Woo, Amoda Tea & Vivien Hsiung, Vive Wellness


In this hands-on workshop, you will learn the art of balancing flavours and combining herbs, flowers and fruits to create nourishing tea blends. You'll learn the basics of Traditional Chinese Medicine and blend a herbal tea for you and your body constitution. This will be a fun introduction to the world of herbs with a focus on immunity and inflammation. This workshop will be led by Tegan Woo, founder of Amoda and Vivien Hsiung, R. Ac, founder of Vive Wellness.


12:30 PM - 1:15 PM
The Ins and Outs of Organic and Fairtrade Certifications
Presenter: Elyse Petersen, Tealet

Clean, ethical food is in high demand. People want to know from where their food, or tea, comes and how it was made. The Organic and Fairtrade certification programs have become a symbol of trust for this demand, but are they really what everyone think they are? Join this session to learn about how these certifications are granted and what they really mean by food scientist, Elyse Petersen.


1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
Medicinal Applications of Camelia Sinensis: Chinese Medicine and Biomedical Perspectives
Presenter: Melanie Manzanilla, Zuo Wang Tea


We will discuss Chinese Medical theory, the history of the use of Camellia sinensis in Chinese medical literature, and practical medicinal applications of Camellia sinensis. The main focus of the presentation will be on Chinese medicine theory and applications. We will also discuss modern biomedical research on Camellia sinensis. Attendees will be provided with Ripe (Shou) Puerh during the presentation.


2:30 PM - 3:15 PM
My Journey to Colourful Yunnan
Presenter: Olivia Chan, TREASURE GREEN Tea Company

A story: My personal experience travelling to Xi Shuang Ban Na, learning and taking part in the traditional tea pressing practice. Under the guidance of the region's top tea master and president of the Puerh Research Institute, I collected, blended, and pressed my own collection of very limited Raw Puerh.


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3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
Guzheng Musical Performance
Performer: Joyce Tan

Enjoy guzheng musical performances by Joyce Tan.

 

PREMIUM TASTING SCHEDULE - SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd

All tastings will take place in the Scholar's Study at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

 

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10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Tieguanyin (Ti Kuan Yin) Oolong Tasting
Presenter: Brian Shannon


TICKETS - SOLD OUT - Tickets still available here for other sessions

In this session we will taste a variety of Tieguanyin oolongs. We will talk about Tieguanyin’s categorization, origin, and production, as well as appreciate its various expressions and learn its common characteristics.

(NOTE: Because this session begins immediately upon the opening of the festival, all tickets available will be pre-sold online via this page. No door tickets will be available for this session.)


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11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Sheng (Raw) Pu’er Tasting
Presenter: Brian Shannon

TICKETS - Presale SOLD OUT - Limited tickets will be available at the ticket table inside the foyer of the Chinese Cultural Centre starting at 10 AM Saturday, and are strictly first-come, first-served

In this session we will taste a variety of sheng pu’ers. Do you enjoy single malt scotch? Then sheng pu’er is the tea for you! We will see just how wide a breadth this intriguing type of tea has. We will discuss its production, ageing, and different brewing strategies all while enjoying some fascinating tea.


12:00 PM - 1:45 PM - double-length session!
Shou Pu-erh Production Methods: Old vs. New
Presenter: Glen Bowers, Crimson Lotus Tea

TICKETS - Presale SOLD OUT - Limited tickets will be available at the ticket table inside the foyer of the Chinese Cultural Centre starting at 11 AM Saturday, and are strictly first-come, first-served

Join us as we explore traditional and modern shou puerh tea productions. We will be tasting large scale factory shou puerh versus small batch, artisanal quality modern shou puerh productions. We are Crimson Lotus Tea and have been working for 5 years on the ground in Yunnan, China with farmers, producers, and tea masters to bring exceptional puerh tea to the Western market.


2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Taste of Yame
Presenter: Kimmy Xiao, Whisk Premium Matcha

TICKETS - Presale SOLD OUT - Limited tickets will be available at the ticket table inside the foyer of the Chinese Cultural Centre starting at 1 PM Saturday, and are strictly first-come, first-served

Grown on green rolling hills under the starry sky, Yame matcha is renowned for its nutty and toasty aroma. Enjoy two top grades of Yame matcha served and prepared in the traditional way by Kimmy, the founder of Whisk Premium Matcha. We will also have a very limited quantity of Yame matcha for sale at our booth.


3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Old Tree MengKu, Lincang Tasting: Raw and Ripe Puerh
Presenter: Forest Amsden, Zuo Wang Tea

TICKETS - Presale SOLD OUT - Limited tickets will be available at the ticket table inside the foyer of the Chinese Cultural Centre starting at 2 PM Saturday, and are strictly first-come, first-served

We will drink two teas made from Old Trees growing in the MengKu area in Lincang. The first tea will be a Raw Puerh named He Zi Hao, produced in 2018 from approximately 300 year old trees. The second tea will be a Ripe Puerh named Hong Yun Dang Tou, produced in 2017 from approximately 200 year old trees.


4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Old Tree MengKu, Lincang Tasting: Red Tea and White Tea
Presenter: Forest Amsden, Zuo Wang Tea

TICKETS - Presale SOLD OUT - Limited tickets will be available at the ticket table inside the foyer of the Chinese Cultural Centre starting at 3 PM Saturday, and are strictly first-come, first-served

We will drink a Red and White Tea from Old Trees growing in the MengKu area in Lincang. These teas are from the same trees; each year half of the material is processed into air-dried Red Tea, and the other half is processed into sun-dried white tea. The natural processing of these teas makes them stand out in comparison to many machine dried teas on the market.


 

PRESENTATION Schedule - SUNDay, NOvember 4th

All presentations are free and non-ticketed; they will take place in the Hall of a Hundred Rivers at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

 

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
The Cultures of Tea Ceremony
Presenters: Elyse Petersen, Tealet

Traditional tea preparation methods are spreading across the world. Tea service and Gongfu Cha are about a graceful presentation to serve the most beautiful cup of tea, but is this a tea ceremony? Learn about the various cultures around the world that have developed tea ceremonies that are studied and practiced by dedicated students for generations.


12:30 PM - 1:15 PM
Matcha 101
Presenter: Kimmy Xiao, Whisk Premium Matcha

Learn everything about matcha with Kimmy, the founder of Whisk Premium Matcha. Get first-hand knowledge on what matcha is, its history and culture, how it's been produced and graded, different ways of preparing it, and its amazing health benefits. At the end of the session, you will receive a free booklet.


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1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
A Taste of Tai Chi
Presenter: Tony Hu

Experience a unique form of martial arts. Tai chi involves a series of gentle movements. No experience required; safe and engaging for all ages.


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2:30 PM - 3:15 PM
Guzheng Musical Performance
Performer: Joyce Tan

Enjoy guzheng musical performances by Joyce Tan.

 

TASTING SCHEDULE - SunDAY, NOVEMBER 4th

All tastings will take place in the Scholar's Study at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

 

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Taste of Uji
Presenter: Kimmy Xiao, Whisk Premium Matcha

TICKETS: $5 - presale on now! Click here

The birthplace of the Japanese Tea Ceremony. The finest and the most prestigious matcha-producing region in Japan. At our Taste of Uji session, we will talk about some interesting facts about the Uji region, and taste two top grades of Uji matcha prepared by Kimmy in the traditional way.

(NOTE: Because this session begins immediately upon the opening of the festival, all tickets available will be pre-sold online via this page. No door tickets will be available for this session.)


12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
Taiwanese Wulong Tasting: Competition Grade Spring 2018 Li Shan High Mountain Wulong, and Spring 2018 TaiTung Red Wulong
Presenter: Forest Amsden, Zuo Wang Tea

TICKETS - Presale SOLD OUT - Limited tickets will be available at the ticket table inside the foyer of the Chinese Cultural Centre starting at 11 AM Sunday, and are strictly first-come, first-served.

We will drink two Wulong teas from Taiwan. The first is a competition grade tea from the infamous Li Shan (Pear Mountain) in Taiwan. The second is an organic Red Wulong from Tai Tung.


1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Silver Award-winning Da Hong Pao and how to enjoy it
Presenter: Olivia Chan, TREASURE GREEN Tea Company

TICKETS - $5 - presale on now! Click here

Taste Treasure Green Tea Company’s silver award-winning Da Hong Pao (Big Red Robe) oolong tea and learn how best to enjoy this and other similar oolongs from Treasure Green owner and tea master Olivia Chan.

(NOTE: A limited number of tickets will be released on the day of the event, ONE HOUR PRIOR TO THE SESSION. These tickets will be available for purchase from the ticket table inside the foyer of the Chinese Cultural Centre and are strictly first-come, first-served.)


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2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Floral Inclusions in Chinese Teas
Presenters: Charles & Laurie Dawson, Whatcom Tea Enthusiasts Association

TICKETS - Presale SOLD OUT - Limited tickets will be available at the ticket table inside the foyer of the Chinese Cultural Centre starting at 1 PM Sunday, and are strictly first-come, first-served.

Chinese teas are often scented with flowers, and almost everyone is familiar with jasmine tea, but Chinese tradition also includes adding many types of dried flowers to all sorts of Chinese tea bases. This session will pair flowers both common and rare with high end Chinese teas, and demonstrate different infusion methods of achieving the best flavor balances.


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3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Aged Teas of All Types
Presenters: Charles & Laurie Dawson, Whatcom Tea Enthusiasts Association

TICKETS $5 - presale on now! Click here

It is common knowledge that some teas age well, such as pu-erh, and some teas just go stale, like green teas. However, in reality many, if not most, types of tea can be successfully aged. This tasting will cover well-aged versions of an assortment of types of teas, from whites and oolongs to blacks and pu-erhs. Methods of aging teas will be discussed.

(NOTE: A limited number of tickets will be released on the day of the event, ONE HOUR PRIOR TO THE SESSION. These tickets will be available for purchase from the ticket table inside the foyer of the Chinese Cultural Centre and are strictly first-come, first-served.)


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