Celebrate Chinese new Year 2013
Saturday, February 9th, 2013
Saturday Feb 9
Toast the arrival of the Year of the Snake with a series of FREE sessions celebrating Chinese Tea Culture – the world’s oldest tea tradition. Advance registration recommended to avoid disappointment. Spaces fill up quickly!
THE LAIR OF THE DRAGON 11-11:30 am
Dragons are one of China’s most important lucky symbols – they embody strength, power and blessings. Some of China’s best teas are named after this legendary creature, and much of its most exceptional teawares are decorated with a dragon symbol. Taste and learn about dragon teas, and discover why you might want to sip ALL of your tea from a dragon teacup!
YELLOW JADE 2-2:30 pm
China is the only nation that produces yellow teas, and in such tiny quantities that these teas are often worth more than their weight in gold and prized even more than jade! Similar to white and green tea, but requiring a painstaking process to produce, it is rare to find authentic yellow teas. The true secret of knowing how to make yellow tea is known to very few tea artisans, and is one of the world’s most challenging methods of tea production. Rich in anti-oxidants, true yellow teas have a complex and exquisite taste and aroma. Truly a tea masterpiece, it is a rare treat for tea aficionados to experience this tea! A very limited quantity will also be available for purchase.
CONNOISSEUR’S TEACUP 3-3:30 pm
The “Gaiwan”, or classic Chinese tea bowl is an ancient Chinese tea brewing device, which predates the invention of teapots. It is still a highly prized method for drinking tea, because it can enhance a tea’s flavour. Learn this fascinating technique for enjoying a cup of tea, and get the opportunity to taste some rare Chinese teas, including highly sought after Big Red Robe (Da Hong Pao) and more!
YEAR OF THE SNAKE TEA CEREMONY LESSON 4-4:30 pm
It’s Chinese New Year’s Eve on Saturday Feb 9! Greet the year of the Snake with an auspicious Chinese Tea Ceremony that is believed to bring blessings, luck and prosperity in the coming year. Learn how to perform the basic steps, as you enjoy the world’s oldest tea ceremony.