Victoria is an exceptional craft beer city, but it is also an awesome tea city! I have often mused that Victoria must have the most teahouses and teashops per capita in Canada. No doubt this stems from her very English past, an identity that is still very much alive in Victoria today, as evidenced by tea, the pub culture, the village system, the popularity of soccer, rugby, and cricket, and physical reminders such as the many English style buildings and street names. But enough about Englishness, and more about tea. This month, Tea Victoria is hosting the Victoria Tea Festival Revival from February 7th to 13th.
Join them for a week of tea education and community building to celebrate tea and Victoria!
Each day there is a different event or workshop, often focused on a different style of tea. This includes Taiwanese Red Tea, DIY Valentine’s Day Cards, Kombucha, herbal teas and infusions, and Matcha. Most of the events are free/by donation, and generally you are supposed to bring your own tea cup. The headquarters of the event is at Nootka Court, which is also the host of the final grand Tea Symposium and Market on the 13th!
If I don’t see you at any of the events, perhaps I’ll see you one day at one of the many teahouses in Victoria!