IF YOU WANT TO ENJOY THE NORTHWEST TEA FESTIVAL at the Seattle Center on October 3-4, this isa good time to book a flight. (I found a flight from SF - Seattle for $119 RT on Priceline). In the spirit of preparation, I caught up with one of the festival organizers, Ken Rudee from The Northwest Tea Festival in Seattle to find out more about the events, vendors, and educational opportunities at the event. Here is a short interview with information about the upcoming tea festival:
Click to hear interview with festival organizer, Ken Rudee:
The Northwest Tea Festival was conceived in a 2007 meeting of some local tea purveyors and led by author and tea expert, James Norwood Pratt. They were talking about different ways to celebrate tea and support the tea industry in the area.
"We're planning to have more booths, better educational seminars--most of which are free-- and a lot of other things going on," said Rudee. The NW Tea Festival will kick off with an opening tea dinner by the James Beard Award-winning restaurant Wild Ginger. On Saturday and Sunday, you will find lots of fascinating tea events and speakers-- several tasting tables will be set up for you to try different teas served by tea professionals, tea movies, tea book authors doing book signings, and at least one special cooking-with-tea demonstration,.
If your wallet is too heavy, you will find ample ways to lighten your load. You will find plenty of unique teas, tea items, and tea books to buy.