The 2nd Annual SF International Tea Festival this weekend!





Date: Sunday, March 10, 2013
Time: 10 AM – 5 PM
Location: The Ferry Building, at the Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA
Tickets: $20 (+ agency fee)

The 2nd San Francisco International Tea Festival, spearheaded by Roy Fong, is this the Embarcadero Ferry Building. The tea festival was a smashing success last year with estimated attendance in the 1500 range. Some activities carry additional fees and require pre-registration.

See details at the official tea festival website at

This is a no-host event for the Meetup group this year. But feel free to use the group message board to communicate with each other if you want coordinate your activities.

Also, please see the public transportation notes below.

Have fun,

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION RECOMMENDED - You can reach The Ferry Building by all BART lines, many MUNI lines, the F Market Streetcar, the California Street Cable Car line, and several ferry lines. From The Peninsula, ride Caltrain and connect with Muni’s N-Judah. Find Bay Area transit information, maps, and schedules at

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  • angela m.

    Hi Tea Enthusiasts! I have a tea volunteer opportunity if anyone is interested! Please contact Angela at [masked] Thanks!

    October 18, 2013

  • JeniQ

    This is Jeni of SKYTea... You volunteers were the best!!!!!! Thanks to everyone who stopped by the booth. Your support is everything to us local small business. Hope you heard, saw, tasted some great tea and had a great time. Warmest regards.

    3 · March 11, 2013

    • Jenny

      Pleasure to have met you yesterday, Jeni :-)

      1 · March 11, 2013

    • Jenny

      '...and Dianna.'

      1 · March 11, 2013

  • Al C.

    Great event. Learned about new tea merchants. Tasted high quality teas. Bought some. Reconncected with old friends...and made new ones. A wonderful way to network with other tea enthusiasts. Beauitful venue.

    2 · March 11, 2013

    • Bernabe C.

      Thank you for coming, glad to hear you enjoyed yourself!

      1 · March 11, 2013

  • Gina

    Hello all,

    I am volunteering for this year's tea festival and learned from the organizer today that they are still in need of volunteers for Sunday. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Colleen at [masked] or call her at[masked]-3240. She is the volunteer coordinator. All volunteers attend the event free of charge plus a complimentary guest pass, a free speaker event admission and a goody bag with t-shirt, tea samples. I hope you can help out. See you on Sunday!


    2 · March 8, 2013

  • Sylvia Xiaorui W.

    Hi San Francisco Tea Lovers,

    Photographer and tea-lover Matthew London will be giving away a signed print from his upcoming book and exhibition THE SPIRIT OF TEA in honor of the 2nd Annual San Francisco International Tea Festival!

    To enter, please go to

    See you at the tea festival tomorrow!

    1 · March 9, 2013

    • Bernabe C.

      I saw this a bit late but I got to see the print in person (next to James Norwood Pratt's book area) and it was absolutely beautiful. Both he and I are super pumped to see that book come out - I know for sure I will purchase it!

      March 11, 2013

  • Robert F.

    I enjoyed being there, although i did not see any other Meetup people there.

    1 · March 10, 2013

    • Bernabe C.

      Robert, I remember checking you in for Tasting #7 or #8 at the North Hall (ayurvedic was #7, taiwanese oolong was #8).

      March 11, 2013

    • Bernabe C.

      Or at least, I should say "I remember checking SOMEONE in with a ticket that had your name on it". Do you have doppelgangers that attended the event? :)

      March 11, 2013

  • Bernabe C.

    also let me apologize if I did not say hello or I looked pretty dogface tired; it was rather busy on the volunteering side. big ups to fox&moon tea, sky tea, and all the other vendors for turning out for a great show!

    1 · March 10, 2013

    • Zmotiv

      Good to see you again this year and thanks for your kick a** support!

      2 · March 10, 2013

    • Bernabe C.

      thank you! maybe in the future time if you see my colorful hat around the bay area we shall do tea more than once a year.

      March 11, 2013

  • Bernabe C.

    busy volunteering! everybody was nice, however we needed more people to stay for teardown. I ended up going from 5-830pm saturday and 8-730pm sunday with six hours of sleep!

    1 · March 10, 2013

  • quan


    The organizer offered me group special.

    1. Purchase one (1) regular ticket for general admission http://sfinternationalteafestiv....
    one ticket = a comp guest pass at Will Call.

    2. send me your name & order number (on receipt) of a paid sf tea tasting ticket ($25.00)

    3. I will send a list of those who purchased a ticket , to get you a comp guest ticket at "will call" window.

    4. I will email you back to confirm you are on the list of comp tickets.

    Whoever pays can arrange with the person they want to share half of the cost of ticket (25.00/2= $12.50)

    -no refunds
    -ticket ($25.00) only includes festival
    $22.00+ service fee $2.50 + processing fee $2.50=$25.00
    -special classes during festival will cost extra
    ( ticket system is silly, whoever purchased ticket will need to purchase the classes for their buddy or themselves should they want a class, sorry)

    1 · March 5, 2013

    • quan

      Hi Mai, returned your text please read

      1 · March 10, 2013

    • quan

      Hi Robert, the organizer of the tea festival offered me the comp ticket. I extended this offer to meetup. If meetup has other offerings its sounds great too. See everyone or the tea fest.

      March 10, 2013

  • Bernabe C.


    it is near quarter past seven on a sunday and i am going to help for extra setup and support for the tea festival! To any vendors: I'll be available for extra support 8am-10am!

    Other volunteers: I will be assisting with presentations in the main hall until around 2pm, in which I'll be assisting with tea preparation in the north or south hall.

    March 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My ticket is bought and I'm looking forward to going and learning more about tea.

    1 · March 8, 2013

  • Natalia

    Hi all,

    First time speaking with the group. I hope to attend with guest on Sunday. Quan.....thanks for putting this comp special together!!! I did not attend last year but it sounds like fun.

    1 · March 6, 2013

  • Aya S

    I hope to be there and take pictures like last time!

    2 · March 5, 2013

  • JeniQ

    See you at the SKYTea booth! Doing a tasting of $1000lb White Saffron Chai at 2pm South Hall if you would like to join! Best, Jeni

    2 · March 4, 2013

  • Zmotiv

    Fox and Moon Tea will be hosting a tea booth at this event. Hope to see you there

    1 · March 4, 2013

    • Bernabe C.

      I remember the booth from last year, it was quite enjoyable, though I didn't have the opportunity to buy anything. I'm looking forward to this year!

      3 · March 4, 2013

    • Zmotiv

      Thanks, see you this weekend!

      2 · March 4, 2013

  • Bernabe C.

    I'll be volunteering at the event and also attending presentation that Rona Tilson from ITO-EN. Look for my colorful hat and say hello!

    2 · March 4, 2013

    • Bernabe C.

      Send an email to [masked] and tell them I sent ya.

      2 · March 4, 2013

    • Jenny

      Done! Thanks. Lets see what happens from here...

      2 · March 4, 2013

  • Latonia D.

    Sounds great!

    2 · March 2, 2013

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