Tea festival bubbling into Los Angeles

September 18, 2013 by  

Tea lovers from Studio City and other communities in and around Los Angeles are preparing to gather for a flavorful convention.

In less than two weeks’ time, the Japanese American National Museum will be opening its doors for the International Tea Festival. The vendors, artists, educators, and other professionals who plan to participate in this event may be revitalizing their digital business cards as they prepare to make new contacts.

Those who attend the festivities will be able to sample and purchase teas from around the globe. They will also have a chance to try foods featuring tea as a main ingredient and taste combinations of tea and chocolate or tea and cheese. Representatives from a variety of local and international shops will be on hand to explain their products and assist customers in finding the perfect flavors to brew at home.

The event will feature a number of talks about the origins and characteristics of various teas. This year’s lineup of speakers will include Den Shirakata, who will discuss the benefits of green tea, and Devan Shah, who will teach his audience about the types of tea native to India.

Visitors will also learn about Japanese tea rooms, listen to panel discussions, and have the opportunity to purchase unique tea cups and kettles.

The International Tea Festival will take place on Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29 at 100 North Central Avenue in Los Angeles. It will be open from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm on both days. Admission will cost $15.