Hope on to the Gold line and get on down to Little Tokyo today for the third annual Los Angeles International Tea Festival at the Japanese American National Museum.

Go beyond Lipton and find out how fine tea can be even better than fine wine and can be matched to lovely things like chocolate and fine cheeses.  Those two workshops include tastings are require an extra fee on top of the $15 admission charge to the festival.

Other presentations are included in the entry fee.  For Sunday, there are talks on tea and health, Zen and tea, how to open a tea room and vendor presentations (Glenburn Tea Estate, Waterfall Teas, Chado Tea Room, Global Organic Teas, ZenSeu Teas, 1001 Plateaus, Sencha Naturals, Tea Gallerie and Timolino).

Early birds can pay $100 for a Tea Sommelier (Apprentice Level) certification course from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The rest of the festival runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Just walk around from vendor to vendor and you can taste different teas and learn more about tea and even tea-related cuisine. Tea, teapots and other accessories and books on tea are also available for purchase.

Anytime is high time for tea so head on out to the Tea Fest.

Los Angeles International Tea Festival 

  • JANM
  • 100 North Central Avenue
  • Los Angeles California 90012
  •  (213) 625-0414