Get ready to cosy up this winter at the Sydney Tea Festival. If you have a yearning for an Earl Grey or a passion for Russian Caravan, this event is sure to warm your cockles. When the festival opens at Carriageworks on Sunday, August 19, you'll find all manner of tea-related talks, workshops and tastings to extend your appreciation of the finest brew.
One workshop, held by Ryan Gavin from Rockpool Group and sponsored by Archie Rose Distilling Co., will explore tea-inspired cocktails, and tell you how you can add some booze to your next tea party. In another, you'll learn all about pairing your favourite beverage with cheese. Or, take sessions on everything from blending and brewing to Japanese green tea and Taiwanese Oolong — when you're not trying four different blends of tea wine, that is.
There'll also be plenty of stallholders showing their wares, a tasting table for small groups and a tea degustation dinner to celebrate the fest's fifth birthday. Tickets range from $16.50 in advance to $20 on the door, and you should book ahead for the workshops and talks. Get ready to curl those frosty hands around a warm cuppa and escape Sydney's winter chill.
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