March 21, 2019
After eating breakfast we took shuttles to Houtu Tea Factory in Shengzhou. They showed us the factory, gave us a talk, set up a mid-day snack, and a tour of there tea museum. It was a pretty rainy morning, so it was nice that we were inside for it. This is a place that produces gunpowder green tea. Not really in a writing mood today, but it was a lovely day. The afternoon will be talked about next week. Thank you for reading my blog and my trip to China.
Tea Tasting Ceremony at the Yangtze River Park
After a good night’s rest on March 17, 2019, woke up and ate a lovely breakfast. After breakfast, we were shuttled to a Tea Tasting Ceremony at the Yangtze River Park in Yibin near the site where two rivers form the Yangtze River.
It was a little drizzly so we got ponchos, but I did not wear one. Since I was one of the VIP’s we got nice close seating to the festivities. There were dance numbers, different stories and myths, water transported by a drone to tea tasting ceremony, and a grand spectacle.
Afterward, I was given a formal invite to speak with tea gardens to sell their tea from China and abroad. This is where I met some Nepali people (fellow vegetarians so I followed them through the buffet) they had a person tell them what was vegetarian and what was not.
Walking to Yangtze River Park for the Tea Tasting Ceremony.
Tasting some tea from the local vendors before the ceremony
There also were a few dance numbers. Below is a picture of the drone carrying water from the Yangtze River to be used in the tea ceremony shown in the second to last picture. The last picture is me and my tea. It was refilled with water several times.
Well this weekend I had my vendor event that was the farthermost from where I live and the next day had an event the closest to where I live. Meet some really great people at both events. The last event got me thinking. I had a lot of misinformation stated at my last event. I see the need for more education so people can better understand what tea is and what it is not. I also believe people have a misconception why I have stated what I have, so I have decided to explain why I state what I do about tea. This is not a negative on what is not tea. This is a very evasive post, but my Thursday post will help and start to clear up. My intent is not to offend, just give the knowledge I have been given and to make things clearer, well except for this post.
Monday I am happy to have received my tea from Japan. I got some matcha and some matcha tea scoops. I will be adding this to the website soon.
So I have been having fun with coming up with some teas and tisanes. I have a few new ones recently.
One that went well at my two last events was Autumn Spice. I sold out of at both events. The first event I actually sold out of 7 of my blends, so I felt obligated to drive back to Green Bay and make more bags. I felt odd being at an event with a good portion of my teas and tisanes not available. If I just sold out of 2 or maybe even 3 of them I might not have gone back home. So instead of relaxing with a nice meal in Bayview and maybe a drink or two, which was what I wanted to do, I went back home. I do not regret it at all and am to make sure I am supplied for my customers.
Cat Nap sold out at the first event and the only tisane I did not bring to the second event because I needed to blend it and that would have taken too long. I blended it recently, so I do have it again.
Two new, temporary tisanes made were Cinnamon Plumand Lemon Blueberry Rooibos (below). They are only available at the events I am doing and the next three are Tis the Season Vendor & Craft Event Nov 18, The Small Business Saturday Nov 25, and Christmas at the Railyard Dec 2. I am doing this in limited quantities while supplies last. They may or may not return, so get them before they are gone.
My adventures with this website. Had the lovely marketing company Autumn Hill Creative create my lovely website. Will be adding more things to the web store in Gifts – Tea Time Store. The catering is something that will happen eventually, but not my focus yet.
Thank you for visiting my website and blog!
While the website was going through the tweaks and being designed. I was doing a few events. Here are some photos from the events
Audubon Days Pop-Up Shops in Mayville, WI
A Craft and Vendor Fair in Appleton photo credit below goes to Christine Beltran for the Community Benefit Tree
And two in Milwaukee: one was for the Special Education program called Autumn Artisan Fair
the other was Grace Fine Art and Craft Festival
P.S. I just noticed that the pictures for each event alternate from horizontal to vertical.