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The 1st Annual SF International Tea Festival - Group Discount Tickets Too!

Date: Saturday, February 25, 2012
Location: The Historic Ferry Building, San Francisco
Time: 10 AM – 5 PM

Roy and Grace Fong, owners of The Imperial Tea Court, are hosting the first annual “SF International Tea Festival” at the Historic Ferry Building from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday, February 25th. Our own San Francisco Tea Co-Organizer Jeni Quigg’s “Sky Tea” is among the exhibitors who will give tea tastings. Other exhibitors include: The Republic of Tea, The Imperial Tea Court, Chado, The Meaning of Tea, Ito En, Harney Teas, Jade Mountain Tea, Art of Tea, and Emma Lea Teas. Food exhibitors will include Sencha Natural Tea Mints, Iveta Scones and The Tea Room Chocolates.

James Norwood Pratt will emcee and will also be speaking about one of his projects, “The Meaning of Tea” film along with creators Scott Chamberlin Hoyt and Phil Cousineau. Additional authors at the show will be Roy Fong, Frank Hadley Murphy and Babette Donaldson.

Educational speakers will be Mike Spillane from G.S. Haley Tea Company, Kristina Richens from The Republic of Tea, Rona Tison from Ito En, Devan Shah from International Tea Importers and Japanese tea master Masahiro Takada.

A number of the Ferry Building gourmet food purveyors will join in the celebration of tea with special offerings and events. Additionally, the regular Farmers’ Market will fill the Marketplace Plaza along the Embarcadero.

Dianna Harbin (San Francisco Tea Meetup) has arranged a group ticket discount for Bay Area Tea Meetup members.

Ticket Options: Tea Meetup Group discount to $18 online until Feb. 22nd. Regular cost is $20 + $2.50 online TIX fee or $20 at the door. Gift bag included!

How to get the discount:

Volunteer Opportunities: Email [masked] for festival volunteer positions.

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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  • Dianna H.

    The attendance figure for this event is based on total overall attendance at the tea festival. I personally invited every tea-related Meetup group I could find within a 100 mile radius of San Francisco but I have no idea what percentage of the total attendees came from this and other Tea Meetups.

    April 4, 2012

  • JeniQ

    Of course I loved it! We got to meet other amazing tea heads from this meet up group plus we sold out of Chai in 2.5 hours! Everyone seemed to have a really great time. Everyone who came out of talks, demonstrations seemed to have really enjoyed them as well. Diana you asked for pics.. I'll send one a fan took and the professional ones will be in someday, I'll try to remember to forward them to you!

    March 7, 2012

  • Nivanka P.

    Very educational. Interesting and a good event to meet up with others with a similar love and passion for tea. It's always more fun when you run into people from your meet up group.

    March 7, 2012

  • Dianna H.

    Nivanka and Aya S have agreed to Event Host the Tea Festival. I didn't get enough of a heads up so I will be at a three day conference in San Diego unfortunately.

    Nivanka and Aya S will be at Pier 14 at 9:30-9:50 AM with red balloons. Nivanka will be at the Japanese Tea Ceremony spot at 10:45 AM and she?ll update her location during the day with the downloadable Meetup App on Tea Time Social Meetup?s Comments Section. Aya will take pics and interview vendors to write up the event.

    February 22, 2012

  • Aya S

    Dianna - I managed to shuffle work around so I am free Saturday morning if you are still looking for hosts. I have a small digital camera and would be happy to speak to tea vendors and write on the subject. :)

    February 22, 2012

  • Nivanka P.

    Hi all, just wanted to let you guys be aware that there is another meet up group attending this event as well - the Tea Time Social Group. I will be a quasi host but will have people meet right before the event. There are 14 of us going so far if you guys would like to mingle. I will solidify plans soon but we will be only meeting up for some events and exploring freely the rest of the time. Looking forward to meeting you all as well!

    February 19, 2012

  • Dianna H.

    Maving a time and place for folks to meet just before the festival so they can go around as a group. Making a time and place to meet for lunch and talk about how things are going so far. Making a time and place to meet so the group can sit together at the Meaning of Tea movie as a block. Posting some images on the webiste afterwards. Talking to presenters/vendors and writing about it in blogs or here on Meetup (on a Press Pass). No money collection. Multiple event hosts can share the tasks.

    February 12, 2012

  • Aya S

    What does being an event host entail?

    February 12, 2012

  • Dianna H.

    I am looking for one or more event hosts for the tea festival. Unfortunately, I probably can't be in town on this date. Any volunteers?

    February 12, 2012

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