Wednesday, October 18, 2017

PA Tea Festival - Vendor, Part II

Sisters Tina Sam of The Essential Herbal and Maryanne Schwartz of Lancaster County Soapworks shared a booth at the festival. Tina has a wide variety of herbal publications from soaps to incense to creating your own tea blends to healing herbs. The Essential Herbal was a sponsor of the festival this year. Thank you!

 Maryanne created unique tea scented soaps for this event along with her hand worked glass tea pot beads. No two alike, these little vessels are special in their own way.

Bee Bee's All Naturals featured a wide variety of unique honey with flavors that range from tumeric and black pepper to just plain honey. Beeswax candles and honey flavored candies rounded out her booth.

 Leaf & Twig traveled from Greensburg, PA to join in the festival. They offered hand crafted teas and powders, herbal blends, and classic tea samplers.

 Erin Bradley and Janet Meyers of Tea by Two from Bel Aire, MD had a colorful display of tea time treasures and teas to sample. They transported a portion of their gift shop to delight and entice all.

 A special thank you to all the vendors located on Rosemary Lane. It was fun to stroll along this little street of unique tea related treasures, sample some lovely teas, and receive a complimentary shopping bag from Janet and Erin.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

PA Tea Festival - Vendors, Part 1

Along Rosemary Lane, behind the lecture hall, we had a wonderful row of assorted vendors. Representing Essenay Special Teas from Philadelphia, PA you could find a beautiful assortment of puerh cakes in all sizes.

 Mike and Debbie Raab of Tea for All from Trenton, NJ had a sampling of their flavorful teas, a variety of tea shirts to select, and assorted tea vessels to consider. Tea-for-All was a sponsor of the 2017 PA Tea Festival. Thank you! Mike and Debbie Raab are certified tea specialists from the Specialty Tea Institute. Mike is also the currant president of the Mid-Atlantic Tea Business Association, also a sponsor of the PA Tea Festival.

Marisa Lightfoot of The Virginia Tea Co. carries certified USDA organic teas and certified Fair Trade teas. She offers organic and loose leaf teas online.

Local Mechanicsburg, PA vendor, Mary Carnahan from Virginia Road Candles & Gifts features soy and lotion candles. She finds vintage tea related pieces and fills them with her beautiful candles. Each vessel can be returned to its original use after the candle has been enjoyed. We are grateful for the many vendors that joined us last month for this first annual event.

Monday, October 9, 2017

PA Tea Festival - Food Vendors

 Chef Dani from The Red Brick Bakery & Tea Room set up a food booth in Rosemary Alley alongside the row of vendors. She brought a delicious array of chicken salad, barbecue, soup, cookies, scones, tea and pastries for festival attendees. The supersized chocolate chip cookies were Cedar's favorite!

The Red Brick Bakery and Tea Room is located in Red Lion, PA. We were fortunate that Chef Dani and her team were willing to travel and cater for this event among her busy schedule.
For a peek into Afternoon Tea Service in the Red Brick Tea Room, check out this blog post from 2014 when our family headed to Red Lion to enjoy a special tea.

There was plenty of seating available in Rosemary Lane to sit down and enjoy your luncheon selection.

In Sweet Remembrances Tea Room, Nancy was serving either a Cream Tea or a One Plate Afternoon Tea with your choice of a pot of tea. This life size menu board, placed in the garden listed all the options that were available.

The Afternoon Tea included a few different tea sandwiches (Chicken Salad on Croissant, Swiss Cheese & Sundried Tomato Tarts, and Hummus with cucumber & red onion), fresh fruit, English Cream Scone with cream and jelly, Carrot Cake Mini Muffin and a Shortbread Teapot Cookie. The sandwich variety was different on the second day of the event.
The Cream Tea included the English Cream Scone with cream and jelly, a slice of Orange Glazed Poppyseed Tea Bread, and fresh fruit.

Seating was available in the tea room and also in the garden. The garden seating was most popular on Friday, but with the temperature drop overnight, seating in the tea room on Saturday was a welcome relief to the chillier morning temps.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

PA Tea Festival - Vendors in the Red Barn

Tucked in the Red Barn between the Tea Tasting area and the Speakers area were two fun vendors. Tea & Whimsey from Port Republic, MD featured a booth where you could find a fun variety of tea pots, cozies, strainers, tea and more. Essentially your source for one of a kind, unique tea accessories.

Also located in the red barn was Karen Donnelly of Greenhalgh Tea out of Thornton, PA. Karen features select, single estate tea and blends. In addition, she concentrated on traveling tea service with perfect petite tea pots wrapped and ready to travel.

Karen (in pink) offered tea tastings at her booth also.

There was a steady stream of visitors through the barn as it was a convenient connecting point to the gardens and Rosemary Lane where a myriad of vendors were located.

Friday, October 6, 2017

PA Tea Festival - Japanese Tea Ceremony

Tucked in a quiet and peaceful section of the garden was an outdoor demonstration of the Japanese Tea Ceremony. We were fortunate to be able to welcome Sensei Todd from the Gessha Japanese Tea House out of York, PA. This is a private Japanese tea house that brings a touch of Japanese culture to southcentral Pennsylvania.

Both teacher and student were eager to share their knowledge about the Japanese tea ceremony, in the Urasenke tradition. Festival attendees were able to sample a personally hand whisked bowl of ceremonial grade matcha after being offered a traditional Japanese sweet. As the student prepared the matcha, the teacher looked on and gently guided him in the process. As stated in their mission, they are eager to promote awareness of this art through lectures and demonstrations.
 The two morning programs on Friday and Saturday featured a presentation by Sensei Todd, where he discussed matcha tea, health benefits, and the increasing popularity of this beverage. He shared about the different utensils required to make matcha, including the chawan (bowl) and the chasen (bamboo whisk). The host aims to serve the guest the most satisfying bowl of tea possible as they enjoy this 'once in a lifetime' moment. Nancy sat down during the festival and enjoyed a bowl of matcha, and it was indeed very satistying.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

PA Tea Festival - In The Garden

Welcome to the first annual Pennsylvania Tea Festival held this past weekend in the gardens of The Rosemary House and Sweet Remembrances. Upon arrival, attendees received a souvenir Tea Tasting Cup that they were encouraged to use throughout the day at the many vendor booths that offered tea samplings.
Susanna greeted attendees on the side porch of The Rosemary House where she answered questions, directed visitors to the tea tasting area, and offered assistance as needed. Kudos to her for pulling together this memorable event.

When you first entered the gardens, Janice Ritter (L) and Lorna Reeves (R), editor of Tea Time Magazine greeted you warmly. They had a wide variety of their tea themed publications for sale, a new tee shirt line, and complimentary copies of the October issue of Tea Time Magazine. A special thank you to Tea Time Magazine for their sponsorship and support of this premier event.
Nous Teas journeyed from New York City and shared the pavilion space with Tea Time. They specialize in premium organic loose leaf tea and their commitment to giving back to the community.

Camellia's Sin Tea Parlor had a booth opposite the pavilion. This local Carlisle, PA tea room, now celebrating their 11th year in business, was offering samples of their teas and scones.
As you wandered down the garden path, a gift basket provided by festival sponsor An Early Elegance out of Gettysburg, PA was available to enter for a door prize drawing. Congratulations to the winner, Donna Lerew of York, PA!

Passing through the arbor, took you into the center garden where tables and chairs were set up to enjoy Afternoon Tea or Cream Tea outside provided by Sweet Remembrances.

At the opposite end of this garden was a demonstration of the Japanese Tea Ceremony, Urasenke style, as represented by the Gessha Japanese Tea House in York, PA (a private tea house). Japanese sweets and traditional whisked bowls of matcha were offered.

During the day, Susanna conducted Garden Talks on Friday and Saturday. The morning talk featured Herbs for the Tea Pot and a (few for the cooking pot, too!). In the afternoon she talked about 'A Weed for Every Need' which concentrated on herbs and weeds that are excellent healing tisanes. Everyone gathered around the large amusement park tea cup to begin the tour.

Tucked in the corner of the third garden was the resource area where there was information about sweeteners provided by Sonnewald, a tea recipe offered by East Indies Tea. Co., tea samples distributed by The Tea Source, Tea Scapes Tea Bar, and An Early Elegance, and other little surprises.

And right near the resource center was the opportunity to purchase ice cream! Our local Bruster's blended specialty tea flavored ice cream just for this event. There was chocolate earl grey, lavender vanilla, chai, and a chamomile honey almond blend. Simply yummy!

There were several vendors located in this garden area. We welcomed Mursalski Tea. They offered a sample of their iced tea crafted from mursalski, jewel of the mountain. They also had chocolates created with this herb.

Mike, the Craft Tea Guy out of Philadelphia, PA had a variety of feel good herbal tea blends with clever names and unique packaging to purchase.
And Tea You There, from Baltimore, MD had a booth that included tea, sugar scrubs, lip balms, and bath bombs.

Tucked in the gazebo was Rhonda, Dancing Moon Beam. She offered Tea Leaf Intuitive Readings, 15 minute sessions. 

And the musical line up for the festival included Sasanach, an Irish fiddler, and Jonathan Frazier, talented in all the arts including music!

The three out buildings were utilized for the festival as well. The one directly behind Rosemary House was the tea tasting area, the building behind Sweet Remembrances housed two vendors, and to the right of that building was the speakers area. Back behind the red buildings were all the additional vendors that joined us for this two day event. We'll share more tomorrow.