I am on a tea mission! It started back in 2012 when I launched the Las Vegas Tea Festival. It was a small locals festival that boasted 13 exhibitors and a little over 300 attendees. It was an opportunity for local Las Vegans to get out there and learn about tea and all its offerings. In my mind, it was hugely successful because attendees and exhibitors alike were talking tea in Vegas for 8 solid hours and hopefully long after.
Fast forward a few years...in 2016, I teamed up with Elyse Petersen from Tealet to host the SW Tea Fest. We felt it was a good time since a number of new and exciting tea related businesses and groups has popped up in the Valley. For a video recap of last years event, you can visit the SW Tea Fest website or to read about the festivities, check out World of Tea's write-up.
But we're at it again! The 2017 SW Tea Fest will be hosted by Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino on February 25th and 26th, 2017. We will have over 20 Exhibitors showcasing tea and teawares. The first 700 attendees will receive complimentary tasting cups and you will be able to sample along the path from table to table. Both the Gong Fu Cha and Wu Wo Tea ceremonies will be presented as well as a full line-up of educational sessions ranging from the teas of Darjeeling to the teas of Scotland. A full schedule of the sessions will be posted to the SW Tea Fest website in the next couple of days so I suggest you check there.
If you are a local, or plan on being in Vegas that weekend, I would encourage you to come check it out. Tickets can be purchased here and if you use the code: JOYSTEASPOON, you will receive 25% off your tickets.
Also, we are currently in need of an army of volunteers to make this event flow smoothly. If you would be interested in volunteering, please let us know here!
I hope to see many of you there and look forward to sharing some tea with you!