Chicago Pageant Blends a Tea Market and Training Program Flavored with Enjoyable

Midwest Tea Pageant (Photograph courtesy of Style All of the Teas)

Chicago is house to a various neighborhood of tea
retailers and fanatics eagerly anticipating the inaugural three-day Chicago Worldwide Tea
Pageant in November.

The pageant is produced by Style All of the Teas, led by
Nicole Burris and primarily based in Kansas Metropolis, Mo. The corporate yearly produces the Midwest Tea
Pageant. The Chicago occasion is Nov. 1-Three on the Vacation Inn Chicago
Mart Plaza within the River North neighborhood. The pageant opens with
a tea market that includes 50 native and Midwestern distributors located for sampling in
a giant auditorium.

“This pageant is about a lot
greater than looking with the retailers. By way of a number of workshops and lectures
you’ll improve your information of all the things tea,” writes Burris. To retain the
occasion’s concentrate on tea, at the least half of the merchandise on provide should be tea or
tea-related objects. The academic program options greater than 40
audio system instructing greater than 100 with a number of particular occasions.

Attendees obtain a swag bag, a
tasting cup (tastings are free with cup) and a possibility to evaluate the
Taster’s Cup Tea Competitors. There can be free lectures and demonstrations as
effectively as formal courses and workshops for a further charge. Programs are at a
stage helpful to meals and beverage business professionals in addition to the
tea-loving public, making this occasion a singular hybrid, says Burris.

Midwest Tea Pageant sales space (Photograph courtesy of Style All of the Teas)

Organizers envision an atmosphere that’s
each a market and an academic platform addressing broad ranging
pursuits and experiences, she defined.  “Whereas attendees pattern and store the world of
tea, the business observes the tendencies first-hand,” she defined. “Opening day
is full of workshops and courses.”

“On Saturday and Sunday the general public will
get pleasure from Tasting Cafes, Meals and Tea Pairings, Ceremonies and cultural experiences,
and introductory stage courses,” she mentioned. Pageant-goers can take part in a
Passport to Tea, a self-guided tasting tour in addition to vote for the Individuals’s
Alternative Award winner.

The pageant closes Sunday afternoon with
an Afternoon Tea Buffet and keynote speak by Lorna Reeves, editor of Tea Time Journal, named Greatest
Tea Publication on the 2014 World Tea Awards.

Particular occasions embody:

Breakfast with the Rock Stars of Tea – Breakfast with Kevin Gascoyne of
Camellia Sinensis, Lorna Reeves of Tea Time Journal, Virginia
Utermohlen-Lovelace of Pair Teas and extra.Official Opening Ceremony – Cultural representatives from
international locations around the globe will share their teas with one another in peace
and good needs to formally open our occasion and usher in a weekend of
worldwide tea connections and friendship. Lunch with Cultural Dignitaries –  A tasting flight of teas
offered by representatives of tea producing areas and international locations with
robust tea cultures. Representatives from Japan and Sri Lanka, of Nepal,
China and India and others can be current and can speak a bit about their
areas’ ties to tea. (Further ticket required.)The Champagne of Teas (film screening) – Unique screening of Kevin
Gascoyne’s film about Darjeeling (Further ticket required)Opening Night time Informal Cocktail Reception – Mild nibbles and a drink to kick off
your tea weekend in Chicago. (Further ticket required.)Networking/Tasting Room – Semi-private with two separated areas
so that you can sit, put together tea with our offered gear, style and focus on
your online business.

Organizers embody: Babette Donaldson of Worldwide
Tea Sippers Society, Dan Robertson of The Tea Home, Agnes Rapacz of Tea
Gschwendner, and Youlian Banov of The Dragon’s Treasure.

“My expertise with the Midwest Tea
Pageant in Kansas Metropolis satisfied me that Chicago was the subsequent necessary venue
for the U.S. tea pageant scene,” mentioned Burris. “I’m excited to work with such
an skilled crew of volunteer organizers. We’re in a position to launch quite a lot of
improvements for each business professionals and shoppers.”  

Click on to see the
class schedule. Instructors and lecturers embody James
Norwood Pratt, creator; Suzette Hammond, Being Tea; Dan Bolton, Tea Journey Journal; Bruce Richardson, Elmwood Inn Wonderful Tea;
Virginia Utermohlen-Lovelace, MD, Pair Teas; Jeni Dodd, Jeni Dodd Teas; Tony
Gebely, Tea Epicure and Hugo Tea Firm; Cynthia Gold, L’Espalier; Noli Ergas,
Sugimoto Tea; Jason McDonald, Nice Mississippi Tea Firm and extra.

Lectures
included within the 14-lecture Livestream Sequence can be found for many who can’t
attend attributable to distance. These lectures are additionally recorded. That implies that even
in the event you attend the pageant in particular person (which actually is the best way you need to do it
in the event you can), you’ll be able to nonetheless snag this bundle and watch the entire lectures you
missed within the Livestream classroom later at your leisure!” mentioned Burris. Please observe that a la carte Livestream purchases won’t be attainable
for these not attending the occasion. If you don’t attend the occasion, the bundle
deal is the one choice accessible. 

Trade members could have entry to an unique networking lounge the place patrons and suppliers can join away from the hustle of the seller flooring. Distributors are inspired to file transient, particular person promotional movies for the pageant’s social media marketing campaign and their very own use following the pageant.

CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL TEA FESTIVAL
Friday, Nov. 1 – Sunday, Nov. Three
Vacation Inn
Chicago Mart Plaza River North, Chicago, IL
Single-day admission $25, two-day go $35
and a three-day VIP go is $45.

Tickets: https://on.spingo.com/e/Chicago_International_Tea_Festival

Web site: https://www.citfest.com/

Supply:  Chicago Worldwide Tea Pageant

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