Saturday Tea Tastings

45 minute programs featuring tea tastings or tea pairings.

Tastings are limited to 20 people and have an additional fee of $18.00 per person. .

Purchase tickets in advance

9:15 AM

Tea Tasting - Botanical Tasting (Filled)

The world of tea and the world of botanicals combine to create some unique, colorful, and flavorful teas. This tasting session will introduce you to a variety of botanicals and discuss their contribution to the tea world. What does your garden taste like? Many of your favorite black and green teas contain flowers, petals and leaves as an added natural ingredient. Have you ever thought about what some of them might taste like in their own rite? From blue malva blossoms to yellow yarrow flowers and everything in between, Deb Raab of Tea-for-All in Trenton, NJ will offer an introduction into the botanicals that are added and blended with tea.

10:30 AM

Pairing Tea and Healthy Plant-Based Treats (Filled)

Discover plant-based food, the hottest trend in food, during this tea pairing session. The elegant, fresh clean flavors of plant based foods pair beautifully with tea, the original plant based beverage. Gain a new appreciation for this healthy eating style and enjoy the simple, fresh beauty of plants at teatime. Sink your teeth into this healthful and delicious cuisine with Rissa Miller, the Senior Editor of Vegan Journal magazine. She will discuss plant-based foods, their preparation, ways to incorporate more of them into your daily life, and how to get the most depth and flavor out of them. Sample a variety of small bites; Curry-Coconut Granola, White Bean Salad Stuffed Tomatoes, Cashew Sweet Cream with Fresh Fruit. and Banana Bread Mini Muffins, each paired with a range of quality teas from GreenHalgh Teas brewed by tea sommelier Karen Donnelly. Participants will receive two handouts featuring plant based protein and also tea pairing tips. In addition, attendees will receive four issues of the Vegan Journal magazine that feature the recipes above (a $25.00 value).

12:00 PM

Multiple Infusions: Unlocking the Subtle Layers of Flavor in the Tea Leaf (Filled)

This hands-on workshop will guide you through simple brewing techniques to unlock the multiple layers of flavor found within the tea leaf. By tweaking the brewing methods, controlling the amount of tea, adjusting the temperature of the water, and monitoring brewing time, you will discover how to enjoy more cups of tea while using the same leaves. Not only will you unlock the secrets within the leaf, but you will reap the cost benefits of multiple infusions. Working with a popular oolong tea, and brewing at least four steepings from the same leaf, you will be amazed at the complexities hidden within the leaves. Babette Donaldson, author and tea enthusiast, and founder of the International Tea Sippers Society joins us from CA. She will share her brewing expertise and techniques as she guides you through this journey of multiple infusions.

1:30 PM

Tea and Honey Pairing and Tasting (Filled)

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.

3:00 PM

Tea and Cheese Pairing – Tea and Cheese Pairing (Filled)

During this tea tasting session, you will compare and contrast a variety of cheeses that are readily available at your local markets with a range of quality loose leaf teas. As the ancient Chinese sage of tea, Lu Yu, said… “goodness is a decision for the mouth to make”. With your palate as a guide and under the expertise of Tea Sommelier Karen Donnelly, explore how the flavors and aromas of different teas complement and contrast the various flavors in the cheeses. This clever and tasty session will be presented by Karen Donnelly, owner of Greenhalgh Tea and the Orchard Tea Room and Certified Tea Sommelier by the Tea & Herbal Association of Canada.

3:15 PM

Creative Crafting: Pressed Flower Tea Time Note Cards (Filled)

Learn a Victorian era craft during this creative pressed flower artwork session, instructed by the skillful 'pressers' of the Penn Cumberland Garden Club. Guided by the proper techniques, learn how to press flowers and preserve your summer garden to craft and design delicate pressed flower art. 'Pressing secrets' will be shared, too! Once you have the basics to press and preserve your flowers, everyone will create some pressed flower tea time themed note cards with already dried and pressed plant materials provided by the garden club. No artistic skill needed, excellent guidance from the instructors and a bit of creativity will yield some unique one-of-a-kind designs. Sample note cards with pressed floral designs are shown below.

Note: This session will be held in Sweet Remembrances Tea Room.