Date: Sat. February 1, 2014 - Sun. February 2, 2014.
Location: Toronto Reference Library (Appel Salon 2nd Floor) (789 Yonge Street) - Toronto
Tea plays a very big part in Asian culture and all over the world. Whether you are a newbie or an aficionado of tea culture, the Toronto Tea Festival will enable you to discover the world of tea from the traditional to the trendy. Hundreds or tea sample tastings, talks from experts in the industry and also exquisite demonstrations of tea ceremonies.
Sat Feb 1 – Sun Feb 2 | 10am – 5pm
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Don’t miss the Chinese, Korean and Japanese tea ceremony presentations happening on both days of the event!
Chinese Tea Ceremony – by Sabrina Chen
Graduating from South China Agricultural University with a major in tea science and ceremony, Sabrina has engaged with the tea industry for more than 7 years. In 2008, she received the gold prize in tea ceremony competition. Since then, she has given tea trainings and performances in China, Macau and Canada, in order to share Chinese tea culture and bring this culture to new generations.
During 2011-2012, Sabrina worked at the Galaxy Macau as the tea sommelier and trained the “tea team”, setting up services for the resort.
Further she participated in scientific tea research and wrote “The microwave dry effects on oolong tea, 2011”.
Sabrina came to Canada in 2012 and finished her International Business Management Graduate Certificate at Seneca College. Now she is working in the tea industry offering tea sessions and workshops in the GTA.
Korean Tea Ceremony – by Sun Choi
Participating in tea ceremonies for over 40 years, Ms. Sun Choi’s passion for tea and the art of tea ceremonies has lead to many world journeys including North America, Europe and Asia.Her frequent travels have led her to internationally famous tea fields of Korea, China and Japan. Another important element: she is passionate about is the deeply cognitive process regarding the meditative nature of tea ceremonies.
A native of South Korea, her main focus and key interest lies in the art of Korean Tea Ceremonies. Ms. Choi studied with Benjamin Lee, renowned Professor of Tea at the University of Injae and is currently in preparation of finishing her master certification.
Prior to calling Toronto home, Ms. Choi’s years in Tokyo, Japan led to her discovery and appreciation for Japanese Tea Ceremonies. She is fluent in Japanese and studying Japanese ceremonies. Ms. Choi continuously practices Japanese and Korean tea ceremonies, and is additionally studying Chinese tea ceremonies and learning Mandarin.
Ms. Choi’s interests also includes porcelains, particularly porcelain tea sets. Ms. Choi will introduce a formal Korean tea ceremony called “Jub Bin Da Rae”
Japanese Tea Ceremony – by Austin Wong
Austin Wong is a certified tea ceremony teacher of the Udea Ryu style of Japanese tea ceremony. Austin is a graduate of University of Toronto with a specialist degree in Botany. He also holds a bachelor degree in Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE).
After graduating from university, he lived and worked in Japan for nine years. During his extended stay in Japan, he was intimately involved in the activities of a Shinto shrine in Kagawa prefecture. He also practiced tea ceremony for more than three years while he was in Japan.
Currently, he is the only person certified to teach Ueda Ryu style of Japanese tea ceremony in Canada. He currently resides in Toronto and is a full-time student in George Brown College.