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SECOND RANDOMENNIAL HOUSTON TEA FESTIVAL - “HARRY TEAPOTTER AND THE PERFECT CUPPA” - Jan 27-28 Texas

Monday, December 4th 2017 @ 3:37 PM

Houston, TX - Hurricane Harvey has not stopped the Houston Tea Festival, but it will be held at a new location, the Hilton Houston NASA Clear Lake. On Saturday, January 27 and Sunday, January 28, 2018, the hotel will be transformed into “Mugworts Academy” with the theme of Harry Teapotter and the Perfect Cuppa. This exciting event will celebrate the “magic” of the world’s most popular beverage, tea, with talks, classes and tastings presented by expert speakers; vendors, samples, live entertainment, and children’s activities.  A silent auction will benefit KIPP School Southeast Campus, whose students and their families are still recovering from Harvey. 

Second RANDOMENNIAL HOUSTON TEA FESTIVAL
“HARRY TEAPOTTER AND THE PERFECT CUPPA”

SATURDAY, JANUARY 27, 2018 – 10AM-5PM;  SUNDAY, JANUARY 28, 2018 – 11AM-5PM

LOCATION: Hilton Hotel Houston NASA Clear Lake, 3000 NASA Parkway, Houston, TX 77058

The festival is presented by Lone Star Houston Tea Festival, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Sponsors at press time include Leaf and Bean Magazine and The Tea Mistress, LLC. Select sponsorship opportunities are still available.

Special events include a Harry Potter-themed scavenger hunt and a friendly “Mugworts House” competition. On Saturday there will be a “Chai Wizard Tournament”: tea businesses can enter their special chai blends and attendees can taste and vote on their favorite. On Sunday, a three-course afternoon tea will be served, accompanied by harp music.  Tickets for the afternoon tea are $50 and can be purchased on Eventbrite. The festivities will close with a Japanese-style Lolita Fashion Show presented by Houston Lolita Society.

Scheduled speakers include tea professionals from all over the U.S., including Noli Ergas of Sugimoto America (Washington), Youlian Banov of The Dragon’s Treasure (Chicago), and Abianne Falla of CatSpring Yaupon (Austin). Local speakers include Lee Garcia of Tea+Art, Janice Adams of Adams Tea Shop; Nick Panzarella of Wild South Tea; Amanda Vermillion of The Tea Mistress, LLC.  British tea will be the focus of a talk by the Daughters of the British Empire.  Other talks lean to the mystical with Astrologer Ginger McCord and Melissa Daggett, author of Spiritualism in 19th Century New Orleans.

Highlights of the festival entertainment include: Celtic harp and dance by the Dublin Harpers; comedic juggler and family entertainer Bruce Manners; classical Indian dance by Silambam Houston; belly dance and Hawaiian dance by Sage Rose; Flamenco music and dance by Lucia and Valdemar.

Volunteers are needed to help out during the festival and will receive free admission.

Those coming from out of town or those wanting to make it a weekend of fun and sightseeing in the NASA/Bay Area can book a discounted hotel room under the festival’s room block.

Early-bird tickets are $10 per day, $18 for a weekend pass through November 30, $10 per day, $20 for a weekend pass December 1 through January 26;  $15 per day, $25 for both days at the door. Seated afternoon tea tickets are $50 per person and include festival admission on Sunday.  VIP add-on packages are also available. Tickets are on sale at Eventbrite.com and additional information can be found at http://www.houstonteafestival.com.

 

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