Tea Lovers Fest

Apr 28, 2015

Tea_Cup_Trees_SunIt’s a tea lover’s dream. A whole festival about tea. With tea parties, a tea marketplace, a tea lab, tea ceremonies, brewing basics, tastings, a hands-on tea party planning workshop, “an adventurous tea and dessert pairing experience,” and even tarot card readings.

Some ten years ago in a small yoga studio in Santa Monica, the Tea Lovers Festival held its very first public event, featuring the culture of India. The delicious foods, henna tattoos, fortune telling, and Indian dancing were enjoyed by a small local crowd of around eighty attendees. Teas were represented there by only a single tea company – Zhena’s Gypsy Tea, which has since grown into a global brand. Its founder, Zhena Muzyka, who has participated in the Tea Lovers Festival every year since that very first event, is now an acclaimed inspirational author. And it’s only fitting that she’ll be kicking off the festival’s 10th anniversary celebrations by hosting a Gypsy Tea Party at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena on Friday, May 1st. (Tea Lovers Festival)



Zhena Muzyka


The 2015 Tea Lovers Festival features:

Friday, May 1st, 7-10 p.m.

TeaVIP Opening Reception
The Armory Center for the Arts, 145 N. Raymond Ave, Pasadena 91103

Gypsy Tea Party featuring Life by the Cup with Zhena Muzyka – an evening with storytelling, tea ceremonies, and tarot card readings (7-9 p.m.)

Cost: $10 per person ($25 with a signed copy of Life by the Cup by Zhena Muzyka)





Screening of the documentary program The Story of Tea (9-10 p.m.), FREE with RSVP.


Saturday, May 2nd, 2-6 p.m.
The Armory Center for the Arts, 145 N. Raymond Ave, Pasadena 91103

Tea Lab: Tea Party for Two (2 – 4pm)
Hands-on, comprehensive tea party planning workshop, discussing costs, location, menus, prep, decorations, etc. Guests receive a handmade invitation of their choice, an agenda listing all the different aspects to planning a tea party, as well as recipes and worksheets.

Tea Lab: Teatime Around the World (4 – 5:30pm)
An adventurous tea & dessert pairing experience, learning about global traditions by sampling 5 different tea services: Indian, Moroccan, Japanese, Argentinian, and Chinese.

Cost: Each lab, $35 per person ($65 for both)




Sunday, May 3rd, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Stats Decor Center, 120 S. Raymond Ave, Pasadena 91105

Tea Lovers Marketplace

Select tea-related Exhibitors showcase and share their unique products for all attending Tea Lovers. Featuring Argo Tea, Art of Tea, Bird Pick Tea, Glenburn Tea, Hankook Tea, Libre Tea, Numi Tea, Sencha Naturals, Tea Drops, Tea Lover Gift Baskets, Zendigo Tea and more.

Admission to the Tea Lovers Marketplace is FREE.


Various Focused Tea Tastings & Tea Studies

  • Brewing Basics with Mark Thompson from Tea Lover Gift Baskets, 11:30 a.m.
  • Kaptivatingly Korean with Hankook Tea, 1 p.m.
  • Dare To Be Darjeeling with Glenburn Tea Direct, 2 p.m.
  • It’s All Green To Me with Art of Tea, 3 p.m.
  • 1001 Uses of Tea with Farid Zarif from Zendigo Tea, 4 p.m., for beginners & connoisseurs.

Cost: $10-$15 per person for each workshop


Darjeeling Moonshine by Glenburn Tea Direct

Darjeeling Moonshine by Glenburn Tea Direct


Multiple-workshops passes, as well as a “Full Festival Weekend Pass,” are available


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Photo above, Japanese tea ceremony, by Hyougushi ( [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons



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