Time to par-tea: this one-day celebration of loose leaf tea is marking its fifth birthday
Black, green, boozy or iced – there are many ways to enjoy the flavours derived from the camellia sinensis plant and Sydney’s gathering of artisan tea makers are here for all of them.
On August 19, you can fill up your porcelain tasting cup with tea cocktails crafted by mixologists from Archie Rose, tea wine created by the Rabbit Hole Organic Tea Bar and loose leaf blends from tea makers Ovvio, T Totaler, Original Chai Co and the Brew Story (plus, many others).
Sydney Tea Festival brings together 70 stallholders at Carriageworks for a day of markets, talks and masterclasses in tea and tisane. For $16.50, you can wander the stalls and taste rare tea varieties and exotic blends and simply chill out in the Brew Lounge. Or to truly geek out over tea leaves, you can book into a speciality workshop in blending, food pairing, chai, or tea ceremonies from an extra $15-$54.
The festival is celebrating its fifth year and they’ve added a degustation dinner with tea pairings at Automata, which is $149 and takes place on August 15. There you’ll get to enjoy a five-course degustation with matching premium teas.
Hungry on festival day? There’ll be pastries, macarons, marshmallows and ice cream available to help cleanse the palate, as well as savoury snacks, from Black Pantry, Bar Pho, Agape Organic Food Truck, Brooklyn Boy Bagels and Nutie Donuts.
It’s best to buy tickets in advance to secure a spot at the workshops and talks.