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Your Guide to Tea Festivals in the U.S.

If you haven’t heard, Sicilian Tea Company will be at the 2017 San Francisco International Tea Festival this November! It’s a fun event with lots of tea, swag bags, and a beautiful backdrop along the water.

Tickets sold out fast last year (people were trying to buy them on Craigslist!), so if you’re even slightly interested, click here to sign up for the waitlist; you’ll get an e-mail letting you know when tickets are available.

Because tea festivals are gaining in popularity, and they’re super fun (tea people are awesome!), I thought I’d create this handy descriptive list of all the tea festivals in the United States.

Next time you travel, keep this list in mind.

If you know of another tea festival not listed, let me know in the comments, and I’ll add it to the list.

A lot of these festivals need volunteers, so be sure to see if there are volunteer opportunities if you want entry to these events for free.

If you’re a tea zealot (I say that as a good thing), here’s…

You’re Guide to Tea Festivals in the U.S.

February

Southwest Tea Festival, Las Vegas, NV

2018 dates to be announced

Tea businesses in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah display their wares at this two-day tea event. This year’s tea fest included a Japanese tea tasting, a Gong Fu tea ceremony, and other educational presentations and tea tastings.

March

Coffee & Tea Festival NYC, Brooklyn, New York

2018 dates to be announced

There’s lots of shopping and tasting at this two-day event. You don’t have to go to both days, but it if you want to catch all the seminars and tastings, you may want to consider it.

June

World Tea Expo, Las Vegas, NV

June 11-14, 2018

This is the largest of all the festivals dedicated to tea exclusively. This is an event geared towards those in the tea biz, but it’s open to the public too!

Arrive at the event a few days early, and you can partake of classes they offer for tea newbies and lovers. Then go to the actual Expo and taste teas, stock up on your favorites, and chat with some of the coolest people in tea today. (You know tea people are cool.)

You can sign up for tea seminars where you can learn things ranging from tea health benefits to  tea ceremonies. It’s an event worth going to if you’re a tea addict.

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Tea tasting is one of the coolest things you can do at tea fests. Try out what you like, and learn more about the teas you drink.

Coffee & Tea Festival NYC: Iced, Brooklyn, New York

2018 dates to be announced

Just like its name implies, this festival is dedicated to all iced coffees and teas. 2017 was the first year of this chilly festival. There’s lots of seminars, tastings, and food vendors for you to enjoy. Be sure to buy your tickets ahead of time.

July

Portland Tea Festival, Portland, OR

July 22, 2017

This is the first year of this event. The $10 general admission covers tea tastings and getting to see all the tea vendors selling tea ware, tea, and snacks. You will have to register for some classes and presentations. Registration opens on July 10th!

September

Midwest Tea Festival, Kansas City, Missouri

September 9 – 10, 2017

Vendors from around the country set up shop at this event. You’ll see everything from fine loose leaf teas to books and knickknacks that are tea themed. They also have speakers that’ll tell you everything you want to know about tea.

Northwest Tea Festival, Seattle, WA

September 30 – October 1, 2017

The event coordinators bill this as a “fun and educational two-day event showcasing the multifaceted world of tea.” They want everyone from tea newbies to aficionados to find something to enjoy.

Entry is inexpensive at $15. You can enter a lot of events on their program with general admission. If you want o enter some of the more specialized program (last year they had classes like Chado Philosophy and the Etiquette of Tea), you’ll want to bring extra cash.

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The World Tea Expo offers events with admission including vendors that offer entertainment unique to their countries.

October

Big TEAsy Caffeine Festival, New Orleans, LA

October 22, 2017

This is the first year for this event. They want you to “bring the kiddies in costume to have tea with Alice and the White Rabbit! Shop for that perfect item…tap your toes [to]…some traditional New Orleans Dixieland Jazz” while you sip caffeinated drinks and check out the new Jefferson Performing Arts Center. They’re also leaving room for the whiskey and cigar lovers. How can you go wrong with this one? What could be better than jazz, caffeine, and beignets?

November

San Francisco International Tea Festival

November 12, 2017

This event is lots of fun. Last year there were tea vendors from all over the county providing tastings. The swag bag you get at the door was full of teas, a tea cup for tasting teas at each of the vendor tables, plus it was in a gorgeous city. What more could you ask for?

Tickets were sold out in 2016, so be sure to add yourself to their waitlist, so you’re the first to know when tickets are released.

Did I mention that Sicilian Tea Company will be at this year’s San Francisco Tea Fest? If you visit me there, mention that you read about the tea fest in this post, and I’ll give you a special treat!

There’s also a few special classes you can attend during the day. Last year the owner of Chico Chai taught people how to blend their own spicy Chai.

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It’s tough not to smile when you’re sipping and talking tea.

Coffee & Tea Festival, Philadelphia, PA

November 4 – 5, 2017

This event is put on by the same people who put on the New York Coffee and Tea Festival. There are lots of tea vendors giving free tea tastings and seminars to talk to you about topics like different ways to brew tea and tea pairings.

December

Los Angeles International Tea Festival

Dates to be announced

Last year over 3000 people attended this two-day event. There are enough tea exhibitors and speakers to keep you busy for at least one of those days. Last year they even offered classes to people interested in being certified as tea sommeliers.

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Come prepared to learn when you go to these tea fests.

No dates announced.

Hopefully we’ll see these in the near future.

Have a favorite U.S. tea fest that you don’t see on this list? Tell me about it in the comments.

See you in San Francisco November 12th!

Xoxo,

Dina Cataldo

Owner & Tea Zealot

Sicilian Tea Company

P.S. Can’t make it to a tea festival near you? Meet some cool tea peeps at Sicilian Tea Co’s NEW FB Group. Click here to say hi!

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