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2017 VANCOUVER TEA FESTIVAL TASTINGS & PRESENTATIONS

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

Most presentations will be free of charge, while most tastings will have a nominal fee, intended solely to cover the presenters' time and materials. All sessions in the Garden with fee-based admission, whether tasting or presentation, will be ticketed separately; tickets to these sessions may be purchased via the links in the description of each session below, starting from the listed dates. Please note that to access these sessions, 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.

For all attendees: In addition to the tastings and presentations listed below, this year's Vancouver Tea Festival also features a free tea tasting bar, staffed by masterful and entertaining facilitators, throughout the weekend; this tasting bar will be located on the exhibition floor, amid the festival's marketplace, in the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver (next to the Garden). 


PRESENTATION SCHEDULE - Saturday, November 4th

All presentations will take place in the Hall of a Hundred Rivers at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
 

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
Visiting Origin: How to Organize a Trip to the Himalayas of India and Nepal
Presenter: Raj Vable, Young Mountain Tea

TICKETS: Free; available at the festival


All tea is processed immediately after being harvested, so if you want to learn the art of tea making, you need to travel to origin. However, planning an international trip can be daunting - visas, immunizations, foreign languages, and other factors can intimidate us all. Yet the joy of travel cannot be missed! In this session, we'll cover the basics of organizing a 2-3 week tea trip to India and Nepal including tips on developing a budget, tips on accommodations, international and domestic travel booking, food, and general best practices. Come thirsty, because tea will be served!


1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Tea Growing Regions and Tea Cultures of China
Presenter: Yin Na, Tea Art of China


TICKETS: Free; available at the festival

Join tea art specialist Yin Na as she shares her knowledge on the many tea growing regions, micro-climates, and cultures of China. She will explore the variety of tea plants that thrive in each region, along with the different processing traditions, tea ceremonies, and ancient customs unique to each area. The presentation will include pictures and insights into how tea cultures in China have thrived and evolved over thousands of years.


2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Five Easy Ways to Add Turmeric to Your Diet
Presenter: Richa Gupta, Turmeric Teas

TICKETS: Free; available at the festival


Turmeric, the golden spice, is well known for its health benefits. Integrating it into our diets, however, can sometimes seem challenging  - but it needn't be so! Join Turmeric Teas' Richa Gupta to learn how to easily add turmeric to your diet, from breakfast till dinner.


3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Japanese Matcha 101
Presenter: Kimmy Xiao, Whisk Premium Matcha


TICKETS $5 - available online Oct. 30th

What is matcha? How is organic matcha produced and processed? What makes matcha stand out from regular green tea? What are the health benefits? At the Vancouver Tea Festival, you will learn everything about organic Japanese matcha with Kimmy, founder of Whisk Premium Matcha, and try some Ceremonial grade matcha prepared in a fun and unconventional way.


4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Making Your Own Kombucha
Presenter: O5 Tea staff

TICKETS: TBA

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TASTING SCHEDULE - SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4th

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

 

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Introduction to Taiwanese Oolong
Presenter: Shiuwen Tai, Floating Leaves Tea


TICKETS $5 - available online Oct. 30th

In this tasting, we will taste 5 different Taiwanese Oolongs with participants, talk about how the processing makes them taste different, and talk about the features of each tea. This class is great for beginners.


11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Teas from the Land of Thunder - A Darjeeling Tasting
Presenter: Lars Nielsen, Palate Tea & Vancouver Tea Society

TICKETS $5 - available now! Click here

First Flush? Monsoon Flush? Moonshine? (No, not that kind!)... If these evocative terms have stoked your curiosity, come learn more about - and taste - the teas behind them at this fascinating session spanning a calendar year's worth of tea production from the fabled region of Darjeeling in the Indian Himalaya. As we sip these teas, we will discuss how seasonality and varying processing styles affect what you taste in your cup. Suitable for novices and experienced tea drinkers alike.


12:30 PM - 1:15 PM
Focused Tasting: Dong Ding oolong
Presenter: Shiuwen Tai, Floating Leaves Tea

TICKETS: TBA

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1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
Focused tasting: Introduction to Sheng (生) and Shu (熟) Pu'er (普洱茶)
Presenter: Eliza Lam, Aroma Tea House

TICKETS $5 - available now! Click here

Side-by-side is the best way to really get to know the differences between and among various examples of the Chinese tea known as pu'er (普洱茶). From oaky to peaty to honeylike, appealing flavour profiles abound in this extraordinary tea type. Don't miss this opportunity to join us in sampling these signature premium pu’er cakes from Aroma Tea House: 

1)  Year of the Goat Raw (Sheng) Pu’er Cake Year 2015

2)  Year of the Roaster Raw (Sheng) Pu’er Cake Year 2017

3)  Year 2007 Yellow Label Ripe (Shu) Pu’er cake


2:30 PM - 3:15 PM
Oolongs, Before and After the Roast
Presenter: Shiuwen Tai, Floating Leaves Tea

TICKETS $5 - available online Oct. 30th

Roasting is one of the key techniques in oolong production. In this session, we will taste sets of teas before and after they have undergone roasting, and observe how the flavours and aromas of the tea are impacted by the level of roast.


3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
Discovering the World of Green Tea
Presenter: Lars Nielsen, Palate Tea & Vancouver Tea Society

TICKETS $5 - available online Oct. 30th

Looking to expand your green tea horizons? Want to impress your tea-loving friends with your ability to tell a bancha from a bi luo chun? Then this is the session for you! Taste green teas from traditional regions such as China and Japan, as well as more unconventional greens from other areas such as India. Experience the surprisingly diverse range of flavours encompassed by green teas from various origins and production styles, and learn more about the backgrounds from which these teas have arisen. This session is suitable for tea lovers of all experience levels. 


4:30 PM - 5:15 PM
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Presenter: Glen Bowers &  Lamu Dawa Bowers, Crimson Lotus Tea

TICKETS: TBA

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PRESENTATION Schedule - SUNDay, NOvember 5th

All presentations will take place in the Hall of a Hundred Rivers at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

 

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
Herbal Tea-Making Workshop
Presenter: Tegan Woo, Amoda Tea

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1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Tea Myths & Legends
Presenter: Lars Nielsen, Palate Tea & Vancouver Tea Society

TICKETS: Free; available at the festival

Have you ever heard someone say that a tea is fertilized with milk? Or that it was picked by monkeys that climb cliffsides? We explore all the fun and interesting tales from the world of tea - from the plausible myths to the unbelievable truths!


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2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
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3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
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4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Pu'er: How It's Made
Presenter: Glen Bowers & Lamu Dawa Bowers, Crimson Lotus Tea

TICKETS: TBA

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TASTING SCHEDULE - SunDAY, NOVEMBER 5th

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

 

11:30 PM - 12:15 PM
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Presenter: Glen Bowers & Lamu Dawa Bowers, Crimson Lotus Tea

TICKETS: TBA

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12:30 PM - 1:15 PM
Modern Matcha Ceremony & Fine Matcha Tasting
Presenter: Kimmy Xiao, Whisk Premium Matcha

TICKETS $5 - available now! Click here

Re-imagining the traditional Japanese tea ceremony, this modern matcha ceremony incorporates contemporary elements while exploring a variety of matcha-related topics with your host, Kimmy, founder of Whisk Premium Matcha. You will have the opportunity to practice tea ceremony etiquette, prepare a bowl for yourself and others, taste world-class matcha from different plant varieties, experience various and diverse flavour profiles, and enjoy delicate matcha sweets.


1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
The Finest Chinese Teas - A Curated Selection
Presenter: Yin Na, Tea Art of China

TICKETS $5 - available now! Click here

Explore a curated selection of three of China's top quality teas, including Bulang Mountain fermented pu’er heads (tuocha), Wuyi Mountain Rock tea, and Orchid Fragrance oolong tea. With tasting notes completely unlike each other, these highest-grade teas are fascinating to compare and contrast.


2:30 PM - 3:15 PM
Focused Tasting: Black Tea through China, India, and Ceylon (Sri Lanka)
Presenter: Lars Nielsen, Palate Tea & Vancouver Tea Society

TICKETS $5 - available online Oct. 30th

Black tea is the Western world's favourite style of tea, but many people have only ever experienced it in tea bags. Explore black tea from China, Ceylon (Sri Lanka), and the Indian state of Assam, and discover the vast variety within the fully oxidized - and most popular - version of our favourite beverage.


3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
Himalayan Teas: Exploring New and Familiar Tea Terroirs of India and Nepal
Presenter: Lars Nielsen, Palate Tea & Vancouver Tea Society
on behalf of Young Mountain Tea

TICKETS $5 - available online Oct. 30th

You know and love the beautifully complex and balanced teas from Darjeeling and Nepal - now meet the newest Himalayan tea terroir: Kumaon, in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. One of the first places in India to be planted with tea by the British, supply challenges meant Kumaon's original tea gardens fell into disuse for generations while Darjeeling and Assam thrived. Recently, however, there has been an extraordinary and successful push to revitalize these tea gardens and turn Kumaon into a tea terroir as familiar to global tea lovers as its more established Himalayn brethren. Oregon's Young Mountain Tea has been one of the driving forces in bringing these newly revitalized teas to the North American market. Come join Vancouver Tea Society's Lars Nielsen as he guides you through two of Young Mountain's Kumaon white teas and two Kumaon blacks - taste the next generation of Indian teas!


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