Exhibitor Registration – Melbourne Tea Fair

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Exciting news regarding the 2014 Melbourne Tea Fair – Exhibitor Registration is now open! You can download your Exhibitor Registration Form and Exhibitor Information Package from our website, at http://australianteamasters.com.au/blog/melbourne-tea-fair

Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity! Exhibitor registration closes on July 18, 2014.

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Melbourne Tea Fair – Date and Location Released!

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Greetings everyone! Australian Tea Masters is proud to announce that the Melbourne Tea Fair will now be held on the 6th of September, 2014 at the South Melbourne Market. Although tickets have not yet been released they will soon be available for pre-purchase via our website and will also be available at the door on the day. For general ticketing inquiries, please email info@australianteamasters.com.au.

In addition, we welcome inquiries from exhibitors and would love to hear about what you would like to showcase to this wonderful city. Potential exhibitors should also email info@australianteamasters.com.au for any questions about exhibiting and to sign up for an exhibit.

For more general information, please visit http://australianteamasters.com.au/blog/australian-tea-fair-melbourne

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Mastering in Tea

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Last week kicked off yet another wondrous iteration of the Australian Tea Masters Certified Tea Master course. This round’s collective of potential tea masters have attended a three-day intensive, to properly prepare them for the exciting road ahead.

And what a brilliant multicultural group we’ve had! Our training class was filled and brimming with fantastic future tea ideas. Their warmth, enthusiasm and passion for tea was paramount for the success of the very first Certified Tea Master class for 2014.

Each student received 60 of some of the world’s most unique and valued teas, as well as a collection of professional Tea Master tools to begin their journey into tea. Their training was conducted under well-respected individuals in the tea industry, including our black tea specialist, as well as puerh and Japanese tea. We were also very lucky to have our own Honorary Tea Master Steve Carroll present throughout the three days to share his epic adventure throughout Yunnan Province and Taiwan as a roving tea reporter. On top of all this, we also had our very first Tea Master Charity Hobbs take the class to a new level on oolongs, and we experienced new and alternative brew methods for tea.

After our exciting visit to the World Tea Forum in Korea in October and experiencing the amazing teas of Boseong County, it was important to ensure that Korean teas were also included in all future trainings.Over the coming 14 weeks the students will be experiencing Turkish teas as well as other exciting challenges in their weekly classes. They have exciting times to come, and their prosperous faces fill us with the hope that they will each become fabulous, well-trained Certified Tea Masters!Our next Tea Master intake will be in July, with another following in August. You can read more about them (and sign up) here: http://australianteamasters.com.au/become-a-tea-master.

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An Exciting Offer in Tea Education

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An exciting opportunity has come about in the tea world recently, thanks to the hard efforts of the ITEI, or Internation Tea Education Institute. Hosted by four tea experts – Sylvana Levesque, Brigitte Horrenberger, Susan Peters and Sandy Li – a 10 day intensive is being held in Zhejiang Province, China, where you can learn about Chinese teas in a way that no other educational experience could hope to provide.

Students will take part in a large variety of educational tea activities from renowned local producers, growers, and experts. Focused on will be the famous Chinese green tea Dragon Well, or Long Jing.

The tour begins on September 15, 2014, and continues for a total of 10 days and 9 nights.

Included in the cost of the tour:

  • 10 days and 9 nights in the Hangzhou region of Zhejiang Province. Beautiful five-star hotel accommodations are provided throughout the tour
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are all provided daily
  • Transport to all locations in the tour, including to and from Hangzhou Airport
  • A professional photographer to document your learning experience, as well as four tea experts to guide and educate you
  • All activities, entrance fees, etc. are included
  • An “Advanced Certificate for Education in Chinese Tea Study & Travel” will be awarded to each student upon their completion of the tour

Not included:

  • Airfares (this allows students to extend their trip beyond the tour dates).
  • Travel insurance

A tuition fee of $4,250 for ITEI and CTMA (Canadian Tea Masters Association) members, or $4,475 for non-members. Further details will be announced soon and displayed on the ITEI website in the tea tours section. For bookings and more information, please feel free to contact Sylvana P. Levesque, at info@i-tei.org.

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Judging the Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards

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Resident Tea Master Sharyn Johnston is pleased to announce that she has been listed as a judge for the RASV Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards! She is pairing up with Tony Laurent as the official judges of Pantry Goods/Herbal Tea, and will be using her extensive experience in the tea industry and global tea knowledge to judge these fine products.

Entries for the awards have been extended until Friday the 31st of January, so there’s still time to get your herbal tea in to be judged! You can enter online here: http://www.rasv.com.au/Events/RMFF_Home/

Sharyn will be judging the entered herbal blends from Tuesday the 4th to Monday the 24th of February, 2014.

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It’s Tea’s Time: The World Tea Expo

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Many of you may not have heard of this, and I am aware that it’s not Australian, but as I’m betting that a lot of our viewership is from the US, I’m going to take the time to share this with you all.

The World Tea Expo is being held from May 29 to May 31 this year in Long Beach, California. It is a conference and tradeshow showcasing some of the best tea products out there, and is a must for any tea lover in the region. Plus, by supporting the Expo and going along, you’ll also be supporting tea growers, sellers and creators from all over the world!

If you’d like to find out more, you can at http://www.worldteaexpo.com/.

Happy drinking!

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