Steep your­self in tea

Fes­ti­val will show­case more than 80 di­verse blends

Metro Canada (Halifax) - - NEWS -

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.

JEFF HARPER/METRO FILE

Cars head through the Cogswell Street in­ter­sec­tion last year.

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