tea festival2The fourth Los Angeles International Tea Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16-17, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Japanese American National Museum, 100 N. Central Ave. in Little Tokyo.

Speakers and topics will include:

Saturday, Aug. 16

“Planning a Perfect Tea Celebration” by Lorna Reeves

“All the Tea in India” by Alex Harney

“Be Healthy, Drink Tea” by Dr. Mary Hardy

“Oolong Teas” by Thomas Shu

“Meditation with Tea” by Diana Rosen

“Green Teas from Japan” by Rona Tison

“An Introduction to Tea” by Jordan Essey

“Tea & Cheese” by Robert Wemischner

“Everything You Want to Know About Pu-Erh” by Linda Louie

“Japanese Tea Ceremony” by Masayo Sebata

“Tea & Chocolate” by Robert Wemischner

“All the Tea in China” by Roy Fong

Sunday, Aug. 17

“Planning a Perfect Tea Celebration” by Laura Phipps

“How to Open a Tea Room” by Tekeste Mehrteab

“Tea & Cheese” by Robert Wemischner

“Be Healthy Drink Tea” by Dr. Mary Hardy

“Tea & Chocolate” by Robert Wemischner

“Find Zen with Holistic Medicine” by Dr. Shinshan Wang

“Benefits of Teas, Beyond the Tea Cup” by Reena Shah

“Japanese Tea Ceremony” by Masayo Sebata

“Meditation with Tea” by Rita Sharma

“Tea & Obesity” by Dr. Farid Zarif

The Tea Sommelier Certification Program (Apprentice Level) will be given on both days by Devan Shah and James Norwood Pratt from 9 to 11 a.m. Fee: $100.

Vendor presentations will be given by Chado Tea Room, Waterfall Tea Company, American Tea Room and Zen’s Tea House.

General admission is $20. For more information, visit http://teafestivalla.com/.


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