13th annual Rocky Mountain Tea Festival steeped in activity

13th annual Rocky Mountain Tea Festival steeped in activity

Nonprofit event offers tea-related workshops and seminars, Tea Dinner, children’s tea parties, handmade teapot exhibit and tea bazaar.

The 13thannual Rocky Mountain Tea Festival will be held Saturday, July 28, from noon to 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse in Boulder, Colo. This popular, one-of-a-kind festival, a nonprofit event, offers tea-related workshops and seminars, a special Tea Dinner, and children’s tea parties that fill to capacity each year, as well as a handmade teapot exhibit and a tea bazaar.

“The Tea Festival allows people to connect one-on-one with leaders in the tea industry, taste exceptional teas and enjoy a weekend of celebrating one of nature's most prized gifts,” said Sara Martinelli, tea specialist, certified herbalist and owner of the Three Leaf Concepts restaurants, which includes the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse and The Boulder Tea Company. “Each year, we invite a number of speakers and industry leaders to teach seminars, workshops and host tea tastings. The festival has grown each year, and now attracts some of the very top specialists in the tea industry—and from all over the world.”

"This year,” she continued, “I'm especially looking forward to ‘Taiwanese Oolong Tasting,’ led by Brian Wright, Saturday at 2 p.m.; ‘Tea as an Ally Plant,’ led by Frank Murphy (his first time at our festival), which is Sunday at noon; and our brand-new class, ‘Tea and Cocktails’ led by mixologist Kasi Tenborg, Saturday at 4 p.m.”

The extremely popular annual children’s tea party, the "Mommy and Me Princess Tea Party," is now open to adults and their kids, and will be held at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sunday July 29. Adults and children alike are encouraged to dress up in party dresses and suits, and kids are welcome to bring their favorite stuffed animal or toy.  There are photos and crafts also offered during the party. Each tea party session lasts one hour, $12.95 per person. Reservations are required by calling 303.442.4993.

During both days, there will be a Tea Fest Bazaar with booths from most of the speakers. Saturday night there is a four-course Tea Dinner—all dishes prepared with tea. Reservations are recommended by calling 303.442.4993.

A complete listof workshops and classes, speakers’ bios, and special events can be found at boulderteahouse.com/rocky-mountain-tea-festival/

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