“Come and share a pot of tea,
My home is warm and my friendship’s free”
— Emilie Barnes
It’s time for tea at River Market.
This month we’ve been celebrating the world’s most popular prepared drink at Great Wall Tea Company.
Until Feb. 21, the spotlight is on the African continent, with rich, malty black teas from Kenya, to super-healthy, caffeine-free Rooibos from the Cederberg District in South Africa.
From Feb. 22 – 26, we turn our attention to Japan, the country that perfected the tea ceremony, or Way of Tea.
We close out the month from Feb. 27 – 28 by focusing on the world of herbs. Though not technically tea, herbs are a wonderful resource when treating a variety of ailments, or for the caffeine sensitive.
Finally, Tea Month gets a proper send-off on Sunday, March 3 at the Great Wall Tiny Tea Party, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. This shindig is for our littler visitors, and will feature caffeine-free tisanes in flavours like Candy Apple and Fuzzy Peach; treats from Pamola Bakery; crafts, music by Music Box Music & Theatre Academy, and a chance for the smaller set to try custom tea-blending themselves. Tickets are $4; it’s a Bring Your Own Teacup event. Details in the market.
Did you know?
Tea was discovered by Chinese Emperor Shen Nung in 2737 B.C., when a tea leaf accidentally fell into the bowl of hot water he was drinking.
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