The 2nd Annual Royal Botanical Gardens Tea Festival returned earlier this month bigger and better than ever! There were 35 vendors, 13 educational presentations, and 6 demonstrations offered during the 2-day festival. This year, I focused on visiting the vendors whose enthusiasm and passion for tea were truly inspiring.
Uva Teas Canada offered a commemorative tin to mark the 150-year anniversary of Ceylon tea.
|The Monarch Tea Co.|
The Hamilton-proud owner, Katie, is one of my favourite tea entrepreneurs and delivers excellent presentations.
Tea samples (bottom): Madeleine Cookie Black Tea (left); Warm Peach Pie Green Tea right)
10 am isn't too early for some kombucha, right?!?
|Blue Mountain Tea Company|
Sample: Up and At Them Organic Black Tea
|Victoria Road Chai Co.|
Sample: Garden in Bloom Chai
Steeped Tea is another Hamilton-based company and offered their own Advent tea calendar:
"24 Steeps 'till Christmas."
|The Sugared Teacup|
The Sugared Teacup offered beautifully decorated boxes filled with tea things from Tea-ronto businesses. I am soooo tempted to sign up for their subscription boxes...
|Teas and Toasts|
This was one of the prettiest booths at the festival.
I loved the tiered trays made of saucers and the charming infuser holder (right).
Sample: Guan Hin Yong
|Kevin Kong Wellness Centre|
Samples: A black tea (top) and a Pu erh from 2007 (bottom).
The festival was sponsored by the Consulate of Sri Lanka.
Their booth gave out free samples of different types of Ceylon teas.
|The Travelling Tearoom|
How cute are these teapot necklaces?
|The Algonquin Tea Company|
"100% certified organic, hand-picked, indigenous Canadian herbs and blended herbal teas."
Samples: Awakening Tea (left); Sacred Blend Tea (right).
Left: I'm not a big fan of tumeric teas, but I enjoyed the sweet tumeric latte served by Genuine Tea.
Middle: The Matcha Uji was made from green tea leaves plants that were exposed to Mozart music to foster their growth.
Right: Vanilla matcha from Steeped Tea.
Top left: Afternoon Blend Black Tea by The Tea Stylist who wrote the award-winning Tea Book (one of my faves!).
Top right: Cinnamon Dream by Teas and Toasts.
|Tea Butler Canada (available at the RBG)|
Christmas herbal teas samples
I brought home these 2 fun tea shirts by Tea Life Brand.
I also stocked up on my favourite tea-infused lip balm by Bare English & Co.
I exercised GREAT restraint and only purchased 3 teas:
1) Madeline Cookie;
2) Ginger, Papaya and Peach Chai (I was intrigued by the exotic combo);
3) Garden in Bloom Chai sampler
Another wonderful tea festival in the books!