Client: Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival
In the middle of the most well attended outdoor festival in Vancouver, the Global Tea Tasting Lounge drew people together to enjoy the diverse flavour traditions from around the globe. People were drinking meticulously prepared 28 yr old aged black Chinese tea, experiencing authentic Japanese Tea Ceremony, savouring Indian Chai tea, eating wild-crafted and foraged regional foods, eating Sea Lettuce for the first time, and eating exquisite food pairings created by the Head Chef of Shangri-La Hotel, and enjoying fairtrade seasonal flower arrangements by Megan @ Olla Flowers.
In order to celebrate the rich diversity of participants in the Dragon Boat Festival’s 25 year history, we curated a fusion of the world tea traditions and a celebration of fine local food. Building on the former year’s success with the Traditional Chinese Tea demonstrations: we assembled the best Indian, Chinese, and Japanese tea educators to prepare tea in Vancouver. The food pairings were crafted and served by Wayne Harris, the Head Chief at Hotel Shangri-La. Guests of the Dragon Boat Festival entered the Global Tea Tasting Lounge and sat at one of the three tasting tables to enjoy the ceremony of teas from around the world. Visitors were treated to a lesson, a story and even an epiphany if the flavours combined just right.
As a special focal point, Chinese Master Daniel Lui, was on-hand to pour tea at scheduled times through out the Festival. Also we were fortunate to have Japanese Tea Ceremony Master Sensai Ayako Sakaino, from the Urasenke Foundation leading a Chanoyu Ceremony and Trudy from Trudy Ann’s Chai serving extremely tasty Authentic Indian Chai.