Class Schedule 2018

Tea Sommelier Course

Time:  9:00am to 10:30am 

Location:  Pressbox, 3rd Level

Cost:  $75 (Includes Admission to the Festival)

Speakers:  James Norwood Pratt & Bhavin Shah

 

A concentrated overview of tea designed by two of the men who have inspired and guided America’s Tea Renaissance, author James Norwood Pratt and Bianca Shah. They teach fundamentals of tea history, origins, “terroir,” varietals and production. A course to inspire you with a love and understanding of mankind’s favorite beverage. Students will receive a certificate upon completion.

Tea & Cheese Pairing

Time:  12:00pm – 1:00pm

Location:  Pressbox on 3rd Level

 

Cost:  $10 

 

Instructor:  Robert Wemischner

 

 

 

It’s no surprise that tea and dairy go together so well. A lover of bold flavored foods, Chef Robert Wemischner presents a sampling of cheeses paired with carefully chosen teas. Have you ever tasted a soft goat cheese melting in your mouth when paired with a fresh young green tea? Or a soft ripened triple creme cheese paired with a malty Assam; or an earthy complex Pu-erh with a creamy blue cheese? Experience all of this and much more in this cutting-edge lecture about a topic that is growing tremendously in popularity.

 

Assam vs. Darjeeling Teas

Time:  11:30am to 12:30pm

Location:  Suite # E-16

Cost:  No Charge

Speaker:  Shalini Agarwal

Tea & Chocolate Pairing

Time:  2:00pm – 3:00pm

Location:  Pressbox on 3rd level

Cost:  $10

Instructor:  Robert Wemischner

 

Chef Robert Wemischner, tea expert, pastry chef and author of four books including his most recent one, The Dessert Architect, will lead you through a pairing of chocolates and teas that bring out the best in each. Pair a hot swig of properly brewed tea with the right white, milk or dark chocolate and take the leaf and the cacao bean to new heights. A Chocolate lover’s melt-in-the-mouth experience that can’t be beat.

How to Make an Authentic Cup of Chai

Time:  1:30pm to 2:30pm 

Location:  Suite # E-16

Cost:  No Charge

Speaker:  Bianca Shah

Chinese Tea Tasting by Zuo Wang Teas

Time:  3:00pm – 4:00pm

Location:  Suite # E-16

Cost:  No Charge

Speaker: Zuo Wang Teas

Social Experience of Tea

Time:  11:30am to 12:30pm

Location:  Suite # E-17

Cost:  No Charge

Speaker:  Gail Gasteu

 

Drink Tea & Be Healthy

Time:  1:00pm to 2:00pm 

Location:  Suite # E-17

Cost:  No Charge

Speaker:  Dr. Shilpa Shah

All About Pu Erh Teas

Time:  2:15pm – 3:00pm

Location:  Suite # E-17

Cost:  No Charge

Speaker:  Linda Louie

 

Pu-eh tea is known for its complexity as well as its ability to age like fine wine. In recent decades, tea connoisseurs spend tens of thousands of dollars in search of rare aged Pu-erh, thus giving this tea a reputation as the “drinkable antique.” Join Linda Louie of Bana Tea Company for an in-depth discussion about the history, processing, and aging of Pu-erh tea.

15 Teas Every Tea Lover Should Taste

Time:  3:30pm – 4:30pm 

Location:  Suite # E-17

Cost:  No Charge

Speaker:  Lorna Reeves

 

Join Lorna Reeves, editor of Tea Time Magazine as she walks you through the teas that were featured this year in Tea Time. .

World Tea Origins

Time:  11:00am – 1:00pm

Location:  Pressbox, 3rd level

Cost:  No Charge

 

Tea Session with Denong Tea

Time:  11:00am to 12:00pm 

Location:  Suite # E-16

Cost:  No Charge

Instructor:  Jeffrey McIntosh

A Friendly Introduction to Taiwanese Tea

Time:  1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Suite # E-16

Cost: No Charge

Instructor: Rie Tulali

Taiwanese oolongs are some of the most approachable teas in the world, while offering a diversity that you can explore for a lifetime. In this class, get to know the classic styles of Taiwanese oolong, and find the perfect oolong for your personal tastes.

Sip for Peace

Time:  2:30pm to 3:30pm 

Location:  Suite # E-16

Cost:  No Charge

Instructor:  Babbette Donaldson

 

No one alive has experienced global peace. There is no shared vision or language.

Tea has the potential to empower individuals to reclaim a personal sense of peace and inspire a vision of what could be.

We can share a simple practice . . . Sip for Peace.

 

The Romance of Wine and Tea

Time:  12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location:  Suite # E-17

Cost:  No Charge

Instructor:  James Norwood Pratt

 

It has often been said that Wine and Tea are very similar. We use the same language to describe both — words like terroir and muscatel are often used when talking about tea. Join James Norwood Pratt, famed author of books on both wine and tea, as he talks about the similarity between these two ancient, romantic beverages.