Friday, July 28, 2017

Tea Fest PDX: A Great Celebration for Us All

Wow - last weekend's Tea Fest PDX was amazing!  Raising my teacup to the core planning team that worked for over a year to bring this to fruition.  So many invisible tasks and challenges to meet. We are grateful! To the people who kept this dream alive over the years, thank you! To the volunteers who ensured the event ran well, you are awesome! To the NW Tea Fest team that not only loaned us equipment, but also came down to offer guidance and cheers, we are in your debt. 

Here are some photos.  Can't wait for next year!


The Vendor Showcase


Such an interesting mix of vendors!



Jennifer Petersen, local author and tea mentor


Richard Brandt, Portland potter who specializes in teaware



Babette Donaldson, promoting her endearing books and Sip for Peace coming in January, 2018


Reps from Brew Dr. Kombucha


Classes

Pearl Zhuo Zhang, Red Rob Teahouse and Cafe, Gong Fu tea ceremony


Marjorie Yap, Chado demonstration


Yoga, meditation and tea on the lawn, taught by Anja Sofia Churchill



Tea Tastings
David Galli, PDX Tea

Laurie and Charles Dawson, amazing tasting tea! 


Steven Odell in his custom tea van, Rabbit Moon Tea Arts

The Crowd and Staff
Jennifer Brenner (Tea Fest PDX leader) along with NW Tea Fest coaches,
and other friends


I loved seeing these women dressed in their beautiful Regency costumes



Friends dressed in Japanese kimono

These last two photos bring me to my final thoughts. Tea is a friend to all of us. Such diversity represented at this conference - in age, gender, clothing choice, ethnicity, tea preference, and much more. Tea brings us to commonality across these differences. What a truly beautiful thing.  

4 comments:

Marilyn Miller said...

It was definitely a "beautiful thing". Thanks for all you did too.

Teafan said...

It was an amazing event! You all should be proud.

Margie said...

What a wonderful tea event! I especially like the different costumes.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Steph, wish I could have been there! I'm a lifelong tea drinker.