Friday Tea Tastings

Purchase tickets in advance . 

Tastings are limited to 15-20 people and have an additional fee.  

All are $18.00 each, unless noted otherwise.  

Please note: the tastings listed here were featured in 2023. New sessions will be announced in July, 2024.

9:15 AM

 Can You Gaiwan? (Sold)

 The gaiwan is traditional Chinese teaware that has been used for centuries to brew tea. During this tea tasting session you will discover the unique features of a gaiwan, several reasons why people use gaiwans for brewing the best tea, not the least of which is to have more control over the depth of flavor in your brew. This hands-on session offers the opportunity to practice using a gaiwan while also tasting some rare teas. During this small group session, certified tea specialists and tea mentors Deb and Mike Raab of Tea-for-All in Trenton, NJ, will guide you through the proper use of a gaiwan in order to release the true flavors and aromas of tea brewed using this method. Please Note: $30.00/person class fee which includes the Gaiwan which will be yours to take home so you can become a a gaiwan master!

10:30 AM

 Tea and Nutrition Bar Pairing 

Protein bars, breakfast bars, and snack bars are all a quick source of energy, protein, and nutrition on the go. Now, add tea to make this the perfect fuel for starting your day, as a midday break, or at the gym. Food and tea have been paired for centuries with their flavor profiles complementing and enhancing each other. A variety of readily available nutrition bars (including a home-made breakfast bar with recipe) will be sampled and paired with a selection 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.

12:00 PM

 Tea and Honey Pairing and Tasting (Sold Out)

The combination of quality tea and flavored honey can offer a fantastically complex and flavorful pairing to create the ultimate taste sensation! Discover the ways to infuse honey with herbs and spices at home with Lori Stahl of BeeBees All Naturals. Lori will walk you through the processes and then offer honey and teas to sample so you will be able to compare and contrast the flavor notes found in the honey and decide which infusion and tea pairing is your favorite. From light and fresh tasting teas, to the bold aromas of black tea, the flavors of the tea and honey should complement and enhance each other without being overwhelming. You will be charmed with Lori’s enthusiasm for honey, tea, and nature at this entertaining tasting session. 

1:30 PM

The Magical Pairing of Tea and Chocolate (Sold Out)

Tea, when consumed as a beverage on its own, contains a delicious array of aromas, textures and flavors, but when paired with a pure food, like chocolate, tea launches our senses into sweet paradise. The two culinary delights complement each other perfectly, enhancing the flavors of both the chocolate and the tea, taking tea tasting to the next level. During this session, you will compare and contrast a variety of chocolates paired with quality loose leaf teas that enhance and complement one another's best attributes. Chocolate samples provided by local chocolatier Brittle Bark. As the ancient Chinese sage of tea, Lu Yu, said, “goodness is a decision for the mouth to make”. With your palate as your guide and under the expert guidance of Judi Slack, your tea adventure awaits! Judi Slack, from Cleveland, OH, has been fascinated with tea her whole life. She holds five certifications from the World Tea Academy including tea specialist, tea professional, tea sommelier, and tea health expert.

3:00 PM

Craft Class:  Create a delightful Teacup Fairy Garden or Fantasy Garden or Mermaid Haven (Sold Out)

Create a delightful Fairy Garden or Fantasy Garden or Mermaid Haven in a colorful petite teacup guided by talented artist Patti Van Brederode. All supplies are included; such as moss, gravel, sand, fairy furniture, seashells, and other tiny treasures that your visiting fairy or mermaid would love! If you have a special treasure or two that you would like to add to your tiny garden, please feel free to bring them along! Let your imagination run wild as you design and create this sweet teacup garden. We are pleased to welcome returning instructor and talented artist Patti Van Brederode to guide you through this clever and fun project.  Tea provided by Tea by Two