There aren’t many things more British than tea, so it came as no surprise to us to find out that there is actually a National Tea Day in the UK, and an official Fes-Tea-Val to help people get into the spirit. While National Tea Day falls on the 21st of April, the celebratory festival came a week beforehand here, on the 13th – 14th.
Showcasing teas from all over the world, as well as tea-complimenting foods and masterclasses, the festival was a haven for those who love exploring all the aspects of this nourishing drink. Held over the weekend at Tobacco Dock, we originally tried to pop past on Saturday; but found out the hard way that you weren’t allowed to bring in any food (sealed or otherwise).
Heading back early Sunday morning we made it inside just in time to catch the first fitness class of the day, Zumba. As lively and energetic music played and people jumped and danced around, there was plenty of excitement in the room. As well as exercise classes, tea pairings, tea mixology and med-tea-tation were held throughout the day, and a fun blind tea tasting offered guests the chance to win a box of tea.
Our favourite space was Sultan Tea, an exotic tea company from Morocco whose set up featured traditional dress, intricate tea sets and a fun Ins-Tea-Gram wall. The tea was hearty and flavoursome, perfect for warming you up on a cold day or chilling with some fruit and ice to cool down under the hot Moroccan sun.
To keep up to date with all things tea-related, you can head to National Tea Day’s website here.