The people of the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island (British Columbia), Canada, are eagerly awaiting the first harvest of their country’s only tea plantation. 200 tea plants were established 4 years ago, and this spring should bring about the very first plucking season. If successful, it will be Canada’s first home-grown tea, possibly igniting an already-growing tea culture to mirror that of the United States. What’s the difference between tea grown in Canada and tea grown in the U.S.? Well, for starters, the climate is completely different. The harsh northern temperature fluctuations are actually hard on the plants themselves. Because of the weather extremes and different soil types, the flavor of the tea will be quite unique.
The farm welcomes visitors, so make a note to stop by the next time you are in the B.C. area!
The idea of tea arriving at my door step through a subscription service has always been exciting. Recently I had something almost more exciting come to my door….a chocolate subscription box! Similar to a tea subscription, this box arrived with a selection of chocolate bars from makers all over the world to discover. I was gifted a Kekao Boxand it blew me away! My box consisted of 5 premium specialty crafted dark chocolate bars and I immediately had to steep some teas and get pairing. Chocolate and tea pairings allow you to experience more flavours from both. For best results, using both high quality tea and high quality chocolate is recommended. Luckily, that was all I found in the Kekao monthly chocolate box.
Index of Lectures, Workshops, and Events – Grouped by Interest * Indicates LiveStream Sessions Special Events Opening Ceremony: A Cup of Tea In Friendship Opening Night Cocktail Reception Taste The World In a Cup – Passport & Gift Afternoon Tea Buffet with Lorna Reeves, Tea Time Magazine Breakfast With the … Continue reading