If you’re a tea lover, you need to check out the Vancouver Tea Festival. This is the second year that I’ve attended (they just wrapped up their fifth year) and it was fun as always. It’s held in the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver.
It usually happens the first weekend of November and runs over two days. Entry is very reasonable (about $8.00 to 10.00) depending on whether you buy tickets online (the cheaper option) or at the door.
There’s about two dozen vendors that attend so lots of unique and interesting teas to sample.
This year they even had some tea infused alcohol products (shout out to Taynton Bay Spirits (try their ginger matcha tea infused cocktail) and The Spirit of Tea (try their vanilla rooibos liqueur)).
Thai tea mix ($20.00 for 2)
This place, Thai Roots, was extremely popular. We decided to buy both the normal and extra strong boxes after sampling. Each box consists of 50 bags!
Thai Tea is a wholesaler that distributes only to restaurants and markets.
Kukicha ($24.00 for 200g)
This was from Palate Tea. We tried three samples (sencha, kukicha and fukamushi). Apparently, they source their tea from somewhere in California. The kukicha was the most interesting and they even gave us 10% off.
Already looking forward to next year!
Vancouver Tea Festival
Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver
50 E. Pender Street