Saturday Lectures

Informative programs 45 minutes on tea included in your ticket price.  

Seating hall limited to 50, First come, first served seating.

9:30 am - Steeping the Perfect Cup of Tea 

Using teabag tea may be the only option in certain instances, but with this lecture, we encourage you to toss that teabag, and discover the ease of brewing loose leaf tea. Anupa Mueller, owner of Eco-Prima Tea, an import company of fine teas from all over the world, and past owner of Silver Tips Tea Room (NY) will take the mystery out of using loose leaf tea as she shares the recommended guidelines for brewing the best possible cup of tea. Covering all the basics, from water to selecting the proper temperature to choosing the amount of leaf and steeping time for the tea you are brewing, Anupa will help you achieve a flavorful cup of tea, whether it’s green, oolong, black, or herbal. Anupa, born in India, is happy to share her knowledge and love of tea during this lecture as she shares hints and tips to coax the best results from the leaf.

10:30 am –   Herbal Tisanes, Restful Sleep, and Creative Rituals 

 Looking for the perfect combination of herbs to create your own herbal infusion in order to achieve a restful night of sleep? This program is your answer. Melissa Vertosick, herbalist and owner of Leaf & Twig LLC will guide you on a journey of exploration. She will share how she hand-crafts her teas, and the various herbal ingredients she selects specifically to create a restful and relaxing blend. This informative lecture will provide a background in relaxing herbs and offer guidance so you can create your own unique formula for a great night’s sleep. Discover how the combination of utilizing a herbal infusion coupled with an evening ritual can support your efforts to enjoy a blissful night of sound sleep. 

11:30am  VinTEAge Tastes and Tonics 

 Homemade tea flavored vinegars are inexpensive and easy to make and provide simple way to add unique flavor to salad dressings, marinades, and every day meals. During this session, you will discover the techniques used to combine tea with vinegar to create unique culinary delights not only for use in the kitchen, but also to improve and enhance your well-being. Dennis Mawhinney is always an entertaining, enthusiastic and informative presenter and he has promised a taste or two as well.  

12:30 pm –  Japanese Tea Traditions. The Way of Tea 

Sachiko Houck, born in Fukuoka, Japan but currently residing in Lancaster, PA will share her knowledge of the Japanese style of tea. With a strong background in the ‘way of tea’, learning from her mother during her early years, and continuing her studies with  Chado Urasenke Tankokai in Philadelphia, (a kyokai or alumni association of the Urasenke international school of tea ceremony), Sachiko will offer a glimpse into Japanese tea traditions. This class will provide an introduction to the cultural aspects of the tea ceremony, which provides a once in a lifetime moment, never to be repeated.  The Japanese Tea Ceremony is a lifelong learning process,  incorporating the four principals of the tea ceremony; harmony, respect, purity, and tranquility, while essentially creating a moving meditation for the guests and host. Featured in the tea ceremony is Matcha tea, a powdered green tea. The ever growing popularity of Matcha tea (powdered green tea) has placed a spotlight on the early cultural use of this tea. The unique variety of equipage used in the preparation of Matcha will also be discussed. 

1:30 pm- Cooking with Tea 

This lively lecture will guide you through a variety of cooking methods that will inspire you to incorporate tea into your bag of culinary tricks. Just as you use your herb and spice cabinet to transform ordinary recipes into something flavorful, tea can be used in much the same way. Beverages, entrees, and desserts can be infused with green, white, black or herbal teas to enhance your recipes and tantalize your tastebuds. This informative program will be presented by Lora Andrews from Gypsy’s Tea Room in Westminster, MD. Lora is the culinary talent behind the scenes at Gypsy’s, and is also the past owner of CUP, a tea bar in Westminster. Think outside the cup with this fun presentation!

2:30 pm -Be Mindful, Discover Beauty Within a Cup of Tea 

This presentation, guided by Deborah Raab owner of Tea for All and a Certified Tea Specialist of the Specialty Tea Institute, will explore the beauty to be found within a cup of tea as it relates to a mindful and ritualistic way. Discover the meaning of Wabi Sabi, a core principle in the Japanese way of tea and the Japanese Tea Ceremony, centered around harmony, respect, purity and tranquility. Learn the technique to discern the beauty in all things, learn to accept the imperfections in the world, the appreciation of all things as they are and savor the taking of tea in a mindful way that helps us to open our hearts and minds toward gratefulness. There is a world of gratitude and appreciation to discover within a cup of tea. In this session, Deborah will help you explore and discover the mindful way of taking tea.