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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: Non-ticketed - Free to 'Garden + Exhibition Hall' ticket holders


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: Non-ticketed - Free to 'Garden + Exhibition Hall' ticket holders

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: 
Non-ticketed - Free to 'Garden + Exhibition Hall' ticket holders

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 now! Click here

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: Taryn McMaster, O5 Tea

TICKETS: $5 - available now! Click here

O5's Kombucha Class will cover all the fundamentals of brewing up a batch of kombucha at home. Starting with a step-by-step recipe, we will discuss the topics of measurements, brew time, controlling your sugar content, bottle conditioning (natural fermentation) and flavoring.
 


5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Pu'er Tea and the Aging Process (tasting)
Presenter: Erick Smithe, Silver Crescent Tea Co.

TICKETS: $5 - presale sold out, but a limited number of tickets will be available at the event (see note below)

Pu'er, the most renowned style of Chinese fermented tea, is widely recognized as one of the only teas to consistently improve with age, like many fine wines. Join Erick Smithe of Silver Crescent Tea on a journey through the years, encompassing four pu'ers of varying ages, from a fresh and young 1-year-old tea to elegantly matured 40-year-old leaves. A must for pu'er connoisseurs and novices alike!

(NOTE: Though occurring in the festival's presentation hall, this session is a premium tasting and is subject to capacity limits. A limited number of tickets for this session 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.)

 

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 - limited presale on now! Click here

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.

(NOTE: A limited number of tickets for this session will be released at 10 AM on the day of the event, immediately upon the opening of the festival. 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.)


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: $5 - limited presale on now! Click here

We will drink three to five Dong Ding oolongs, modern and traditional, and learn what those distinctions entail in terms of processing and tasting features. Through a clear progression of teas, we will show how traditional Dong Ding, when touched by a great artisan, can produce a bigger, more expansive broth. We will start on a journey to see how far oolong tea can take us.

(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.)


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 Rooster 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 - limited presale on now! Click here

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.

(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.)


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

TICKETS $5 - presale sold out, but a limited number of tickets will be available at the event (see note below)

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. 

(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.)


4:30 PM - 5:15 PM
Shu Pu'er: A side-by-side tasting
Presenters: Glen Bowers & Lamu Dawa, Crimson Lotus Tea

TICKETS: $5 - limited presale on now! Click here

Relax with a 17-year-old aged pu'er tea. Compare and contrast the aged shu pu'er with a young shu pu'er tea made this year from Menghai-area old tree material. Features these Crimson Lotus shu pu'er cakes:

 - 2000 “Old Warrior”

 - 2017 “Stormbreaker”

(NOTE: A very 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.)


 

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
Presenters: Tegan Woo, Amoda Tea, & Vivien Hsiung, Vive Wellness

TICKETS: $5 - available now! Click here

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.


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

TICKETS: 
Non-ticketed - Free to 'Garden + Exhibition Hall' ticket holders

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!


2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Discovering Coffee Leaf Tea
Presenters: Max Rivest & Arnaud Petitvallet, Wize Monkey

TICKETS: Non-ticketed - Free to Garden + Exhibition Hall ticket holders

Wize Monkey creates Coffee Leaf Tea: a deliciously smooth and healthy infusion that generates year-round jobs for coffee-growing communities. Come learn about the coffee plant's best-kept secret and try its award-winning taste with founders Max and Arnaud!


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3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Tea Tasting with Turmeric Teas
Presenter: Richa Gupta, Turmeric Teas

TICKETS: Free to 'Garden +Exhibition Hall' ticket holders (see note below)

Turmeric, the 'golden spice', has gained a lot of popularity in recent years because of its medicinal properties. Join us for this tea tasting event, in which you can learn all about the benefits of turmeric and how you can add it to your diet.

(NOTE: Though occurring in the festival's presentation hall, this session is a tasting and is subject to capacity limits. Tickets for this session will be released on the day of the event, ONE HOUR PRIOR TO THE SESSION. These tickets are free, but must be picked up from the ticket table inside the foyer of the Chinese Cultural Centre and are strictly first-come, first-served.)


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

TICKETS: Non-ticketed - Free to 'Garden + Exhibition Hall' ticket holders

Glen Bowers and Lamu Dawa from Crimson Lotus Tea have worked direct with pu'er tea farmers and producers in Yunnan, China each Spring for the last 4 years. They have in-depth experience with all levels of pu'er tea production. They will give you an insider's look into how pu'er tea is made.

 

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
Sheng Pu'er: A side-by-side tasting
Presenters: Glen Bowers & Lamu Dawa, Crimson Lotus Tea

TICKETS: $5 - presale sold out, but a very limited number of tickets will be available at the event (see note below)

Explore two unique sheng pu'er teas from the same tea mountain. One is a cultivated small arbor tree variety under 100 years old. The other is a wild tree variety growing naturally. Tasting them side-by-side is an educational experience. Features these Crimson Lotus sheng pu'er cakes:

 - 2016 Kunlu Shan Small Arbor Tree “KXQM”

 - 2017 Kunlu Shan Wild Tree “Slumbering Dragon”

(NOTE: A very 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.)


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 - presale sold out, but a limited number of tickets will be available at the event (see note below)

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.

(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.)


3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
Himalayan Tea Frontiers: Exploring India's Newest Tea Terroir
Presenter: Lars Nielsen, Palate Tea & Vancouver Tea Society
on behalf of Young Mountain Tea

TICKETS $5 - presale sold out, but a limited number of tickets will be available at the event (see note below)

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 Himalayan 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!

(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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