This past weekend, I had the opportunity to attend the 2014 Coffee and Tea Festival. I have become a big tea lover so this chance was a great way for me to try out an unimaginable amount of tea. I have been on the lookout for the right type of tea and the right flavors so I do not go hunting endlessly at different tea stores. This not only saved me time but also money.
It was a huge event. No less than 6,000 people visited the festival during the two days it was open. And even if you were not a fan of tea or coffee there were other options as well, such as chocolate from 2 Chicks With Chocolate, energy drink from Runa, cocktail mixers from Owl’s Brew and honey from Taste. Moon River Bakery was one of the vendors who stood out to me as well and I loved their Rainbow Cookie Cupcake with edible sparkles.
My favorite teas were from Zenzeu, especially their Oolong tea and their white tea. I also liked the tea from Health and Tea, but their black tea was my favorite. If you are up for some more hardcore green tea you should try out Matcha from Ito En. It is a Japanese style of drinking the crushed green leaves which you can also use in white chocolate or ice-cream to give the green tea flavor. It was so strong in flavor and there were none of the bitterness as you would sometimes get from tea leaves.
I do like my coffee as well but I have become a bit of a coffee snob. Unless I know the coffee is great I would rather have a tea and at this festival the coffee vendor that stood out to me was Maison Camus. They started out making Cognac but decided to diversify to coffee as Cognac and Coffee goes hand in hand.
Two charities were being supported this time at the festival: Cup for Education, a small organization that invests in local non-profits that supports coffee farmer communities, and the Alzheimer’s Association.
There were so many tea vendors that you really needed to make sure had enough time to try the teas you found most interesting. There were not as many coffee vendors as I would have liked but every year the vendors change, so keep an eye out for the different vendors showing at the festival and give it a try. It was a fun and different way to spend a relaxing Sunday.