Saturday Tea Tastings

45 minute programs featuring tea tastings or tea pairings

Tastings are limited to 15 - 20 people and have an additional fee of $15.00 per person.  

Purchase Tickets in advance or check at Main Entrance for day of availability.

 

Eventbrite - PA Tea Festival

9:15 - Tea & Autumn Fruit Pairings 

Fruit and tea have been paired for centuries with their flavor profiles complementing and enhancing each other. Join us as we discover why tea and fruits complement and elevate the rich flavor profiles of each. A variety of fresh fruit and baked fruit will be enjoyed in this session and each will be sampled and contrasted with a range of teas. Karen Donnelly, Certified Tea Sommelier from the Tea & Herbal Association of Canada and owner of Greenhalgh Tea and Orchard Tea Room will guide you on this flavorful journey.

10:30 - Cooking With Tea! 

Get ready for a new adventure in discovering flavor combinations available with tea, both true tea and herbal tea! This seminar, presented by Debbie Hartman, of Thyme with Debbie, will offer a journey into the process of cooking with tea (Camellia sinensis), and introduce you to the methods of bringing a new flavor dimension to your food. There are so many flavors available to us in a cup of tea, and Debbie is excited to share the possibilities with you. Debbie has an extensive background both as a gardener and a cook. She was a teacher and cook at the Lebanon County Cooking Institute. She is a Penn State Master Gardener and co-creator of the Amateur Herbalists in addition to her skills as a Penn State Master Food Preserver. Her culinary talents have taken a new direction by discovering the hidden secrets of cooking with both tea (Camellia sinensis) and also herbal tisanes to create a whole new level of flavor to her culinary creations. Debbie will share how tea is flavored, guide you to discover which tea best suits your own individual taste and demonstrate how to use tea as a fresh and unique ingredient in the foods you prepare. She will share how she tweaks and adapts recipes, offering hints and tips so that you will be able to do the same in your kitchen. She will demonstrate a few of her culinary adaptations to recipes, provide tastings, and recipes to recreate these culinary delights in your own home. Take your culinary skills up a notch with the flavor found in teas!

12:00 - Take a Flight Around the World with Black Tea! 

Mike and Deb Raab of Tea-For-All in Trenton, NJ will guide you on a tea tasting of assorted black teas. They will offer a flight of black teas that will take you around the world offering a variety of flavor, aroma and color based on cultivar, terroir and slight differences in plucking and processing techniques. You will experience a horizontal tasting of eight (8) black teas from at least four countries that will exemplify the striking distinctions in the world of teas categorized as black tea. You will learn the key differences that these teas offer to your sensory experience. There are so many varieties of black tea all over the world, this tea tasting session will help you expand and develop your palate with the variety of contrasting flavors found within the world of black tea. Mike and Deb are Specialty Tea Institute certified tea instructors.

1:30 - Tea and Chocolate Tasting Experience (This event is sold out.)

Wake up your taste buds as you pair two of your favorites: tea and chocolate. The key to a chocolate and tea tasting experience is quality chocolate and equally good quality tea. The instructor, Teresa Weddelman will provide a variety of Stella Leona artisan chocolates from Pettisville, Ohio to be paired with tea sourced from several purveyors. In this session you will taste nine different teas, while savoring three flavored chocolates. Attendees will enhance, contrast and compliment the chocolates with different teas. You will be encouraged to notice different flavor notes in your tea by sipping alongside an artisan piece of chocolate. A Certified Tea Sommelier by World Tea Academy, Teresa travels from Ohio to share her love of chocolate and tea and guide you in this tasting. Teresa has also completed the Tea Specialist course offered by the World Tea Academy and is a graduate of Bruce Richardson’s Tea and Etiquette Class.

3:00 – Sipping Tea Beyond the Cup 

Tea Mocktails As we enter the fall season, we move beyond basic lemonade and iced tea in this fun and informative session where you will discover ways to elevate your tea beyond the cup and learn how to create some clever and tasty mocktails that feature tea as an ingredient. Attendees will sample the class creations and discover various ways to garnish each fall mocktail. At home, these recipes can easily move beyond a mocktail and transform into a fun cocktail! Teresa Weddelman, a Certified Tea Sommelier by World Tea Academy, travels from Ohio to share her love of tea and guide you in this tasting. Teresa has also completed the Tea Specialist course offered by the World Tea Academy and is a graduate of Bruce Richardson’s Tea and Etiquette.