Class information

Explore the full spectrum of tea culture by taking in a complimentary tea class as tea experts share their knowledge.
All paid and free classes require a purchase of the General Admission Ticket.

All classes are fist come first serve basis

SATURDAY, AUGUST 10TH, 2019

Main Education Hall

Tea Sommelier: Apprentice - $75

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Price: $75
(Includes General Admission)

Presented By:
James Norwood Pratt
Bhavin Shah

A concentrated overview of tea designed by two of the men who have inspired and guided America’s Tea Renaissance, author James Norwood Pratt, and Tea Sage Sanjay Guha.  They teach fundamentals of tea history, origins, “terroir,” varietals and production. A course to inspire you with love and understanding of mankind’s favorite beverage. Students will receive a certificate upon completion.

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Tea & Chocolate - $10

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Price: $10

Presented By:
Robert Wemischner

Exploring one beverage and one category of foods that share a lot of the same terroir, this class will take you on a journey through the complementary worlds of the leaf and the cacao bean. Tasted separate, well-brewed tea and finely crafted chocolate are true pleasures. But when enjoyed together, the characteristics that make each of them special are amplified. Taste and you’ll see!

This class is sponsored by Callebaut Chocolate Company.

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Tea & Cheese - $10

Time: 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Price: $10

Presented By:
Robert Wemischner

Not surprisingly, certain teas and dairy go together. So in this class, you will learn just how well green tea pairs with young fresh goat cheese; you will also experience how oolongs and black teas bring out the best in soft, mellow cow’s milk and stronger sheep’s milk cheeses and how pu-erh blends beautifully with blue cheeses. Just as wine pairs felicitously with cheese at the end of a meal, so too can tea be a great partner to some of the world’s best cheeses.

This class is sponsored by Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company.

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Room #1

Elegant Chinese Tea SErving table setup

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Price: Free

Presented By:
Dr. Sally Wei

It is said that the Gong Fu Style brewing is the preferred method to taste fine teas. However, the equipment involved and the perceived complexity of preparation often intimidate many tea lovers. Come and learn how to prepare an elegant Chinese tea table setting step-by-step with guaranteed success! When orderly done with this method, you will soon see how easy it is to arrange the necessary utensils and create a simple yet effective atmosphere “Gong Fu” Style!

Tea Tasting (ESPAÑOL)

Time: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Price: Free (gratis)

Presented By:
Pamela Altahona

Mi Conferencia tiene como objetivo compartirles a los asistentes como nació la idea de deleitarme con un delicioso Té Orgánico en compañía de un lindo y colorido Colibrí.

While you are enjoying our fantastic teas, you will be with a gorgeous and colorful hummingbird.

Hummingbirds are known as healers. This is why the relationship between TayroTea and hummingbirds is the best. Throughout that moment with the hummingbird, you will discover that beauty is everywhere, gratitude is the best prayer that anyone could say, and faith is the first step for miracles to happen. 

TayroTea is an astonishing experience never to be forgotten. It’s made with organic love only for you! 

Cultures of Tea Ceremony

Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Price: Free

Presented By:
Elyse Peterson

Traditional tea preparation methods are spreading across the world. Tea service and Gongfu Cha are about a graceful presentation to serve the most beautiful cup of tea, but is this a tea ceremony? Learn about the various cultures around the world that have developed tea ceremonies that are studied and practiced by dedicated students for generations.

Room #2

Drink To Your Health with Camellia Sinensis

Time: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Price: Free (gratis)

Presented By:
Maria Uspenski

Innovative products promoting health benefits are always being introduced in the beverage industry. To no surprise, tea-based offerings are widely popular in this space of wellness, touted as nature’s elixir of youth. Journey through the science, the how-to’s and the myths surrounding the tea plant, Camellia Sinensis. We’ll begin with an overview of tea’s history and cultural traditions as a health beverage, and then learn about the benefits in a cup of tea, where those benefits derive from and how tea functions as a precautionary agent against disease in the human body. Find out what’s trending in the tea realm currently, as well as tips on how to easily bring tea into everyday nutrition and hydration routines.

Tea & Meditation

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Price: Free 

Presented By:
Shamila Chand

Shamila will offer wisdom on the practice of meditation as a way to achieve the peaceful stillness of tea.

Sip for Peace

Time: 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM

Price: Free 

Presented By:
Babette Donaldson

You can Sip for Peace – Join us for a “sip-in”! 
Our L.A. Tea Festival “Sip-In” is an opportunity for enthusiasts to participate in a new tea experience, Sip for Peace. Blending the old “hippiness” of the ‘60s and ‘70s with a new-age mindfulness practice, we will practice a new way to give meaning to tea. We will sip the Global Tea Blend, share the visions of the Imagine Cards, sing along with new “tea and peace” versions of old peace songs and take home tools to continue your own versions of a “Sip-In” as you Sip for Peace

Diversity of ceylon teas

Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Price: Free 

Presented By:
Johann Fernando

Introduction to the tea growing regions of Sri Lanka. This presentation will discuss the distinctive character of each region- from high elevation to low elevation teas, lightest to strongest, full-bodied to mild-mannered. A brief introduction to the Ceylon Tea Lion Logo.

Room #3

Japanese Tea Ceremony - $5

Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Price: $5.00 

Presented By: Masayo Sebata

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Japanese Tea Ceremony - $5

Time: 1:15 PM – 2:45 PM

Price: $5.00 

Presented By: Masayo Sebata

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Tea & Yoga

Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Price: Free

Presented By:
Lupita (Pita)

Join us for Heart-ga Yoga, which is simply YOGA from the HEART. We guide our classes with the intention to connect you deeper to yourself. We explore the teachings of Bhakti, Kriya, Traditional Ashtanga, Kirtan and more, making every class unique. We encourage you to surrender, accept and love where you are in your yoga journey, whether it’s just begun or you’ve been practicing for a while. We can’t wait to share this journey with you!

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Room #4

Build Your Blend Workshop - $20

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Price: $20 

Presented By:
Chay Saavedra

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Cannabis 101 by Kikoko

Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Price: Free

Presented By:
Shanetta Mcdonald

Curious about cannabis? Learn about the origins of plant, its benefits and how to incorporate it into your life. The session will be led by Shanetta McDonald, the Southern California Manager at Kikoko, the cannabis wellness company empowering people to take back their health.

Craft Tea Cocktail Workshop - $25

Time: 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Price: $25

Presented By:
Alvaro Olguin

Learn how to make exceptional tea cocktails and get one complimentary drink.

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 11TH, 2019

Main Education Hall

Paint & Sip - $10

Time: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Price: $10

Presented By:
TBD

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Wine & tea - $20

Time: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Price: $20

 

Presented By:
James Norwood Pratt

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Room #1

Make the Perfect Cup of Chai - $5

Time: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Price: $5

Presented By:
Reena Shah

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Gut Health & Tea

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Price: Free

Presented By:
Dr. Shipa Amin

Kombucha 101

Time: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Price: Free

Presented By:
Hannah Crum

If you can brew a cup of tea, you can brew Kombucha! As bacteriosapiens, we are bacteria powered which means the more bacteria rich fermented foods that we incorporate into our diet, the better we feel. Learn how easy it is to enjoy the benefits of brewing Kombucha at home for a fraction of the cost while nourishing your human microbiome in this lively presentation from the world’s foremost Kombucha expert, the Kombucha Mamma. You will enjoy Hannah’s Homebrew Kombucha and SCOBY fruit leather for sipping and munching. Homebrew supplies, books and more will be available for purchase after the workshop.

Room #2

World Tea OriginS

Time: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Price: Free

Presented By:
Bhavin Shah – Moderator
Alex Harney – India
Linda Louie – China
Thomas Shu – Taiwan
Hide San – Japan
Dhaval Shah – Kenya
Pujitha Ubayasiri – Sri Lanka
Santiago – Colombia
Nishchal Banksota – Nepal

Benefits of teas in soaps

Time: 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Price: Free 

Presented By:
Amjad Pathan

Learn how teas are used in soaps and its benefits.

Tea & Meditation

Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Presented By:
Shamila Chand

Shamila will offer wisdom on the practice of meditation as a way to achieve the peaceful stillness of tea.

Cultures of Tea Ceremony

Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Price: Free

Presented By:
Elyse Peterson

Traditional tea preparation methods are spreading across the world. Tea service and Gongfu Cha are about a graceful presentation to serve the most beautiful cup of tea, but is this a tea ceremony? Learn about the various cultures around the world that have developed tea ceremonies that are studied and practiced by dedicated students for generations.

Room #3

Taiwan Tea Tasting

Time: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Price: Free 

Presented By:
Rie Tulali

Diversity of ceylon teas

Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Price: Free 

Presented By:
Johann Fernando

Introduction to the tea growing regions of Sri Lanka. This presentation will discuss the distinctive character of each region- from high elevation to low elevation teas, lightest to strongest, full-bodied to mild-mannered. A brief introduction to the Ceylon Tea Lion Logo.

Tea & Yoga

Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Price: Free

Presented By:
Lupita (Pita)

Join us for Heart-ga Yoga, which is simply YOGA from the HEART. We guide our classes with the intention to connect you deeper to yourself. We explore the teachings of Bhakti, Kriya, Traditional Ashtanga, Kirtan and more, making every class unique. We encourage you to surrender, accept and love where you are in your yoga journey, whether it’s just begun or you’ve been practicing for a while. We can’t wait to share this journey with you!

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Room #4

Build Your Blend Workshop - $20

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Price: $20 

Presented By:
Chay Saavedra

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Cannabis 101 by Kikoko

Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Price: Free

Presented By:
Shanetta Mcdonald

Curious about cannabis? Learn about the origins of plant, its benefits and how to incorporate it into your life. The session will be led by Shanetta McDonald, the Southern California Manager at Kikoko, the cannabis wellness company empowering people to take back their health.

Craft Tea Cocktail Workshop - $25

Time: 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Price: $25

Presented By:
Alvaro Olguin

Learn how to make exceptional tea cocktails and get one complimentary drink.

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