2nd Annual San Francisco Tea Festival

 

It's That Time Again . . . . .

 

The 2nd San Francisco International Tea Festival

Hosted by Roy Fong

Sunday, March 10, 2013     at    The Ferry Building


Advance ticket purchase is recommended.


Join our speakers for a series of talks:  
  • Roy Fong
  • James Norwood Pratt
  • Rona Tison
  • Devan Shah
  • Frank Hadley Murphy

Visit with our exhibitors for non-stop tastings of their featured teas and related products: 
  • Imperial Tea Court
  • Chado
  • Harney & Sons Fine Teas
  • Ito En
  • The Meaning of Tea
  • Glenburn Teas - Direct
  • Red Circle Teas
  • Fox & Moon Tea
  • Pure Puer Tea
  • Sky Tea
  • Mountain Tea
  • Teatime Trading Company
  • Sencha Naturals
  • Bruce Cost Gingerale (tea infused)
  • Alegio Chocolate (superbly pairs with tea)

Demonsrations by The Urasenke Foundation

Small Group Tastings presented by: 
  • Chado
  • Wild Tea Qi
  • Jade Mountain Tea
  • The Meaning of Tea
  • Sky Tea
  • Glenburn Estate 
  • . . . .  and more
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Spring At The Tea Farm

News from Roy's tea farm project has been a little lean over the last year with far more effort going into building the infrastructure than putting roots in the ground. New irrigation pumps, new water supplies, solar panels and soil preparation have taken center stage.

During this time, there have been several varietals grown experimentally. None have yet proven to make the transition to our soil and climate.

On one of our unusually warm February days, I was there for the arrival of four new varietals. The hill that will eventually become a field of tea was green and glistening in the bright sun. Rabbits skittered across the dirt road leading between the main buildings and the greenhouse. Three hundred bare-root tea plants had just arrived and needed to be planted immediately in a specially prepared tray in the greenhouse where they could be closely supervised.


Each of them was planted by hand in soil that had been blended and amended to meet the critical PH balance needed by tea. Roy took the day off from slaving over a hot tea kettle to get his hands in the dirt.




Every day brings us a little closer to seeing Roy's dream of a demonstration tea garden here in Northern California come true!
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