We were excited to be part of Portland Tea Festival (Tea Fest PDX) which was held on July 20th 2019 at World Forestry Center, Portland OR.
Here are some pictures we took during the event and my comments.
This was the first time we hosted a booth at Portland Tea Festival, so we are very excited for being part of it. Last year, we were too late to register as this event has very limited spots for the vendors, so I feel lucky to be able to be part of them this year!
Tea Fest PDX is a comprised of a community of tea visionaries, business owners and tireless volunteers who all share the vision of celebrating tea culture in Portland. Together we are combining our unique skills and passions to bring the festival to life.
How it all started
We’ve had the pleasure of attending the Northwest Tea Festival in Seattle the past few years and realized just how many people who enjoy and participate in tea culture were travelling from Oregon for this event. With the nudge of encouragement and continued support from the NW Tea Festival organizers we've been able to bring the idea of a tea festival of our own to fruition through the help and hard work of our local tea community.
I get comments about all the blog posts (thank you) and people tend to enjoy the behind-the-scene photos, so I try to take pictures from preparation so that you get to see what it is like to be at the event.
This is a photo of the event place when it is being prepared. It looks quite different from the day of the event where there are so many people!
Here is a picture of our "booth" before we setup.
Setting up the booth
As you can see, it is a lot of work to prepare for the booth. Lots of work to plan and assemble each and every piece of them.
And here is how it looks when it is completed.
And me. : )
I took pictures with some of my tea friends. Sorry, I didn't get to take pictures with all of you.
Here is a picture with Babette Donaldson, Founder and Head Sipper from International Tea Sippers Society. (ITTS)
ITTS owns T-Ching which I write monthly tea article. It was great to have a booth next to each other.
Here is a picture with Char from Oolong Owl. Any tea lovers know her for her very popular and fun blog. She was one of my inspiration for starting tea blog at the beginning.
I finally got to meet with Geoffery from Steep Stories for the first time.
Here is a picture with Brigham from North Fork 53. He is the first and only tea plantation in the Northwest growing tea. He has been using our tea on his various events.
Here is a picture with Arturo Alvarez, passionate poetry artist.
He will be featured in Japanese Reality TV Show through ZaZou Production. He is holding our Tokoname teapot. He will be going to Tokoname with the TV Show. I cannot wait to see him on the TV!
And finally, Jonathan Steel from Friends of Fire. His pottery and art he creates are one of the kind.
It was packed with all the tea lovers in Portland and people came over even from Seattle, Vancouver BC and even further for this event.
And here is how our booth looked during the event.
At one point, there was a very long line to try our tea. Thank you so much for all of you who waited long time for our tea!
Here are some of the other events we participate and the pictures/videos from the past events.
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