Sydney Tea Festival is back

Author: Olivia Stanley
Photography: Alana Dimou

Long gone are the days of one choice of tea: black with milk, lukewarm, invariably bland.

Specialty tea can be found almost everywhere these days, and the one place to discover how popular it is, is the Sydney Tea Festival.

Now in its third year, the festival will draw tea experts and lovers alike to Carriageworks on 21 August in a day of celebration of the humble brew.

A market will give festival-goers the chance to taste an alphabet of teas (Australian Afternoon, Bancha, Chamomile...) and discover new teaware accessories.

See our favourite tea-infused recipes here.

Each ticketholder will receive a porcelain tasting cup to commemorate the day and to hold samples provided by the 80+ stallholders announced so far, including T2, Tea Totaler and wild tea blenders Little Wildling Co.

For those in need of some guidance, a workshop program will run throughout the day. Talks, interactive classes and 'how-to' sessions will be run by a variety of connoisseurs from around the country - like Corinne Smith, co-founder of The Rabbit Hole Tea Bar, who will show audiences how to achieve the ultimate tea and chocolate pairing.

Video: how to make matcha.

The aptly-named Brew Lounge will also be accessible in the market area for those who just want to sit down, relax, and sip away.

The Sydney Tea Festival takes place on 21 August, 2016, at Carriageworks, Eveleigh, from 9am to 5:30pm. To buy a ticket, visit sydneyteafestival.com.au.







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