Don’t be late for a very important date! The First Annual Houston Tea Festival will take place on the scenic campus of the University of Houston – Clear Lake (Bayou Building Atrium II, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston, TX 77062) on February 20 and 21, 2016 with the theme of Alice in Wonderland. This inaugural event will celebrate the world’s most popular beverage, tea, with tastings, samples, expert speakers, demonstrations and workshops, local vendors, live entertainment, children’s activities, and more fun for the whole family.
Pearland’s own The Drink Station will be represented at the festival.
Highlights of the First Annual Houston Tea Festival will include a Mad Hatter Murder Mystery Dinner, a Sunday afternoon tea service, a movie screening of the documentary All in this Tea, an Alice in Wonderland costume contest, and a Lolita fashion show. This year’s keynote speaker will be America’s foremost authority on tea and recipient of the 2015 John Harney Lifetime Achievement Award, James Norwood Pratt.
Other notable speakers will include author Babette Donaldson; editor of TeaTime Magazine, Lorna Reeves; editor of Texas Tea Time Magazine, Lee Garcia; Secretary of U.S. League of Tea Growers, Mark Adams; Noli Ergas of Sugimoto Teas; and general manager of Tealet, an international tea farmers’ alliance, Rie Tutali.
The festival is presented by Lone Star Houston Tea Festival, Inc., a non-profit organization, and is co-sponsored by Waterfall Teas, PlumDeluxe Teas, TeaTime Magazine, Earlene Grey, Fresh Cup Magazine, Greensheet, KidsOutAndAbout Houston, The Tea House Times; Centerpoint Body, Mind and Spirit Houston, Houston Entrée, Indigo Sun, May Zest Tea Company of Taiwan, Natural Awakenings Magazine of Houston, Natural Awakenings Magazine of Southeast Texas, and The Tea Mistress, LLC.
Volunteers are needed during the festival. Volunteers will receive free admission to the festival and a swag bag containing giveaways from sponsors and vendors. Select sponsorship opportunities are still available.
Ticket Prices are $12 per day, $20 for both days in advance and $15 per day, $25 for both days at festival entrance. Additional information on tickets to special events including documentary screening, tea parties, and VIP admission can be found on the festival website at http://www.houstonteafestival.com. Free parking is available in Lots D1-4 and Lot R on the university campus.