Steep yourself in tea
Festival will showcase more than 80 diverse blends
Ernesto Carranza For Metro | Halifax Kiyan Sobhani smiled Thursday as he watched three flowers bloom from the green bud he had steeped in hot water.
Yes, the tea experience has certainly come a long way.
“Tea is so diverse,” said Sobhani, who manages Humani- T Café in Halifax. “You can start with two very different flavours and create a completely new tea.”
Humani- T Cafe’s popular Three Flower Burst tea is one of the many offerings that will be showcased at the Halifax Tea Festival, this weekend at the Halifax Music Co-op.
Sobhani said the Humani-T Cafe would be exhibiting more than 80 different blends for people to sample.
Sobhani said he was glad Halifax was catching up with tea culture with a festival like this.
“I think people really enjoy the nutritional and medicinal properties tea has, as an alternative to coffee,” he said. “Obviously, coffee is still widely popular but tea has a lot of potential for taste and for personal health.”
Event organizer Ashton Rodenhiser is also a big fan of tea.
“It is such a social thing and I really enjoy community development and event planning. Tea is a great way to bring people together and explore healthier options,” Rodenhiser said.
Rodenhiser expects a few hundred people to show up and take part in the festival and said the event has been shared multiple times through social media.
“This is a good opportunity to connect with the people that make tea in Halifax and take part in the culture around tea,” she said.
DETAILS The festival runs Saturday and Sunday at the Halifax Music Co-op from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.
Cars head through the Cogswell Street intersection last year.