Toronto Tea Festival will present different tea ceremonies from China and Japan for the enjoyment of the attendees. New for 2019, we will also have a Chinese Tea Ceremony Workshop, free of charge for attendees.
Chinese Tea Ceremony – by Sabrina Chen
Graduating from South China Agricultural University with a major in tea science and ceremony, Sabrina Chen has engaged with the tea industry for more than 7 years. In 2008, she received the gold prize in tea ceremony competition. Since then, she has given tea trainings and performances in China, Macau and Canada, in order to share Chinese tea culture and bring this culture to new generations.
During 2011-2012, Sabrina worked at the Galaxy Macau as the tea sommelier and trained the “tea team”, setting up services for the resort.
Further she participated in scientific tea research and wrote “The microwave dry effects on oolong tea, 2011”.
Sabrina came to Canada in 2012 and finished her International Business Management Graduate Certificate at Seneca College and MBA in Schulich school of business. Now she is managing her company Tearoma(tearoma.com) which offers tea tasting class, tea ceremony class and premium Chinese tea in Toronto.
Japanese Tea Ceremony – by Austin Wong
Austin Wong is a certified tea ceremony teacher of the Udea Ryu style of Japanese tea ceremony. Austin is a graduate of University of Toronto with a specialist degree in Botany. He also holds a bachelor degree in Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE).
After graduating from university, he lived and worked in Japan for nine years. During his extended stay in Japan, he was intimately involved in the activities of a Shinto shrine in Kagawa prefecture. He also practiced tea ceremony for more than three years while he was in Japan. Currently, he is the only person certified to teach Ueda Ryu style of Japanese tea ceremony in Canada. He currently resides in Toronto and is a full-time student in George Brown College.
Chinese Tea Ceremony Workshop – by MING Tea
MING Tea was founded by Chinese Tea Sommeliers Edward Qu and Monica Xian in 2016, in Burlington, Ontario. They have recently welcomed two new instructors, Jennifer Linton and Crystal Beaudoin, to their team. New to the North American tea community, MING Tea has introduced a wide range of authentic courses in Chinese tea appreciating, tea reviewing, tea art, and tea mindfulness practices. They aim to promote tea as a lifestyle by sharing knowledge about tea culture as well as brewing, tasting and appreciating methods.
In the workshop, MING Tea will provide guests with the opportunity to participate in an authentic Chinese tea ceremony and observe rituals that have taken place in China for centuries. After a brief introduction to the historical and cultural background of the Chinese tea ceremony, attendees will break into small groups. A MING Tea Instructor will guide each small group through the process of preparing, serving, and appreciating tea. All materials will be provided for participants to use during the workshop.