Last weekend was the 6th Annual Los Angeles International Tea Festival held at the Japanese American National Museum. I had no idea what I was in for, so I bought a general admission ticket and headed on down to Little Tokyo for an adventure. This year they had over 25 exhibitors, 3000 attendees and 25 classes offered so I was eager to see everything!
After giving in my ticket, I received a cup for sampling the various teas, a festival guide and an admission ticket. This admission ticket also gave me access to the museum for that day which I highly recommend if you have the time! Vendors were inside and outside the museum so I started from the outside and worked my way around.
Most vendors had samples and were very happy to talk about their product and answer questions. However, the two exhibitors that stood out for me were Nepal Tea and Den’s Tea. Nepal Tea’s is a family owned business that cuts out the middle man and delivers straight from the farmers to the customer. It’s run by the youngest member of the family who was there giving out samples. Den’s Tea’s Matcha latte was definitely my favorite tea of the day and I had to stop myself from buying the gift pack they had on display.
This was a fantastic event for both the experienced and novice tea lover. If you didn’t go this year then I recommend you check it out next year as it’s a lot of fun and you can try so many different types of tea in the space of a couple hours (I ended up feeling very full). Next year I will be signing up for some of their classes so I will fill you in on those.