About this project
The video you see above is a snippet of one of our educational programs. It's our favorite tea lab Battle of the Bakers from 2012, where two award-winning chefs competed in creating tea-infused desserts. The audience, comprised of tea lovers, tasted the desserts and judged the chefs, while also learned how to use tea in their own dessert making.
Our festival has three levels of Educational Programming: tea tastings (introductory), tea studies (mid-level, includes tastings + lecture) and tea labs, as the Battle of the Bakers above, which is either an interactive or a hands-on workshop. We are also the only tea festival in the U.S. that incorporates and promotes arts from various world cultures with strong tea traditions.
During past festivals, we've featured art, music and dance from India, China, Japan, Great Britain and other countries. We've also screened tea documentaries, such as "The Meaning of Tea" and "All In This Tea", plus cultural films like "Hannari: Geisha Modern", all with talks by the filmmakers.
To sum it up, our Tea Lovers Festival is an annual event and happens every spring in Los Angeles, but we also produce other educational and cultural programs in San Francisco, as well as in other parts of California, such as our popular Tea Lovers Bus Tours. You can view past programming content and images on the ARCHIVES section of our website: www.TeaLoversFestival.com.
WHY DO WE NEED FUNDING?
Since our first public festival in 2006, our Tea Lovers Festival has grown to become the premier tea-focused event in California. However, as this type of festival is still so new and unique to the tea industry, we hardly get any financial support from tea companies -- we rely primarily on the support from our audiences of tea lovers.
In addition, the art space Royal/T, which had been our home-base for the past three festivals, closed its doors last August. Therefore, we've had to look for new festival facilities. This year, most of our main events during the festival will be held at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena (see image below)
We have many production expenses, such as various space rentals and the design and programming of our website. However, any funds that we're able to raise through Kickstarter, will be applied towards the printing of our 32-page full color program, as well as the honorariums for the instructors of our Educational Programming, and the musicians, performers and filmmakers, who will be part of our Cultural Programming.
So we hope that you will contribute to this fundraising effort, as ultimately this festival belongs to everyone -- it's really a community-based cultural event, which revolves around tea. For the tea lover in all of us! :-)
TEA LOVERS BLENDS
The Tea Lovers Blends are our limited-edition, signature teas, designed in collaboration with tea masters to raise funds for our festival. They are not available anywhere else. Each pack is 1oz/28g and makes approximately 8-10 cups. Shown below from left to right:
Jasmine Passion is a blend of Green and Black Teas with Jasmine Flowers, Passion Fruit and Lavender. The rich flavor bouquet of this strong tea brews much more subtly, which can satisfy even the most sophisticated of tea palettes. Brewed for up to 4 minutes. Pledge Level: TEA ENTHUSIAST 01.
Winter Wellness is an herbal blend of Rooibos Tea, Astragalas, Echinacea and Vanilla Nut. This immune system booster has the richest golden orange color and a subtle earthy taste that feels healthy, while also delicious. Brewed for up to 10 minutes. Pledge Level: TEA ENTHUSIAST 01.
Summer Fruit is an Oolong Tea infused with natural Lychee and Strawberry Flavors. The exquisite taste of this award-winning and exotic lychee flavor is mixed with the familiar aroma of fresh strawberries to create a superb flavor combination. Brewed for up to 1-2min, each with multiple steepings. Pledge Level: TEA ENTHUSIAST 02.
Minty Peach is also an Oolong Tea infused with natural Mint and Peach Flavors. Smooth and invigorating, this elegant tea mixes the revitalizing flavor of mint with the creamy taste of peach. Great for any holiday season, served both hot or iced. Brewed for up to 1-2min, each with multiple steepings. Pledge Level: TEA ENTHUSIAST 02.
All of our t-shirts are limited edition and hand-printed and on 100% cotton American Apparel. They are unisex and come in XS, S, M, L & XL sizes. Quantities are limited, so please reserve your desired size in advance. Shown below from left to right:
Our Chinese Festival Tea-Shirt depicts a dragon bursting out of stylized fireworks. Gold with red-orange highlights on a dark-chocolate brown color shirt. Pledge Level: TEA LOVER 01.
Our British Festival Tea-Shirt has a surreal and whimsical Alice-In-Wonderland inspired design. Yellow and white on an olive green color shirt. Pledge Level: TEA LOVER 02.
Our Tea Lovers Tea-Shirt's intricate design is full of leaves and branches, twisting and coiling into the shape of a heart. But it doesn't stop there -- on second glance, one discovers all kinds of tea bags, cups, pots and infusers, hidden within the elegant swirls. Off-white on a cranberry color shirt. Pledge Level: TEA LOVER 03.
TEA BOOKS: CURIOSI-TEA
Curiosi-tea by Camelia Cha (a.k.a. Anne Norman -- performance artist and festival collaborator) is not only a witty and amusing, but also a well-researched book on the various aspects of tea. Full of zany illustrations, maps and tongue-in-cheek poetry, Curiosi-tea covers topics as diverse as the history of tea in Korea and Iran, botanical espionage and the sexual innuendo of tea, plus many other topics that are both fascinating and curious. Curiosi-tea has 204 pages with 58 cartoon-like illustrations, 4 maps, a bibliography, index, glossary and it's the 2009 first edition, for those of you book collectors. Pledge Level: TEA DEVOTEE.
TEA LOVERS TOTES
Our popular and coveted (never available for sale) Tea Lovers Tote Bags are hand-printed on 100% cotton canvas. Each bag is 15 x 15 inches (38 x 38 cm) with 24-inch (60 cm) long handles. Pledge Levels: TEA CONNOISSEUR 01 & 02.
Risks and challenges
After our project is funded, we don't foresee any challenges in producing our Tea Lovers Festival, as we have a lot of experience in doing the event -- this is our 8th year since the festival has been open to the public.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Those of you pledging at the TEA ENTHUSIAST 01 & 02 levels, if you have a preference to one of the two blends under each pledge level, please send us a message and let us know. We have set quantities of each blend, so it is on first-come-first-served basis, but we'll try to accommodate you the best we can. Otherwise, we'll send you either one of the blends at random. Cheers! :-)
Those of you pledging at the TEA LOVER 01, 02 & 03 levels, please send us a message and reserve the t-shirt size that you desire. We have set quantities of each, so it is on first-come-first-served basis, but we'll try to accommodate you the best we can. We suggest you check in with us first, before you pledge. Cheers! :-)
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