Aug. 12 – 14, 2011
In a bid to expand the perception that Victoria is all about British afternoon tea, a new tradition is being added to this year’s Canada Dry Victoria Dragonboat Festival by Silk Road Tea – a Classical Chinese Tea Garden.
The public is invited to attend the free tastings, lectures and interactive demonstrations being offered from noon to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12; from 11 a.m.to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13; and from 11 a.m.to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011. On Sunday, people may also purchase tickets to attend one of three seatings for Dim Sum (China’s version of afternoon tea) prepared by executive chef Rick Choy of the Hotel Grand Pacific. Tickets, at $8 plus HST, are available from the hotel’s front desk and at the Silk Road Tea Classical Chinese Tea Garden on Sunday.
The Silk Road Tea Classical Chinese Tea Garden is curated and led by Daniela Cubelic, owner and founder of Silk Road Tea. Cubelic is a highly acclaimed Chinese tea master, who received her original training with Chinese and Taiwanese tea masters and herbalists. Over the course of her 20 years in the tea industry, she has become one of North America’s foremost tea experts, and specializes in tea culture and history.
“Throughout the weekend, I’ll be joined by special guests including Dr. Jean Bernardi, a cultural anthropologist from the University of Alberta who specializes in Chinese society, as well as Ms. Fei Wu, who in addition to being an expert on Chinese pottery, comes from a family of famous potters,” says Cubelic.
Tea was invented in China and it has a rich tradition that dates back over 4000 years. Visitors to the garden will be invited to participate in a Chinese Tea Ceremony, and learn about the symbolism behind the world’s most ancient tea ritual. Presentations will also help visitors discover the fascinating world of exotic Chinese teawares, and China’s famous tea pottery traditions. China’s rarest and most precious artisanal teas will be served along with delicious cookies made with tea. Created to be a relaxing oasis within the busy Inner Harbour, visitors will also have the opportunity to purchase hot and iced tea, as well as unique Chinese teaware to take home as well.
“I’m passionate about China’s incredibly rich and diverse tea culture, and am delighted to be able to share these traditions with Victorians, dragon boaters and their families at this year’s festival,” says Cubelic. “The study of tea and its customs in China is also a wonderful way to learn more about Chinese society and its history.
About Silk Road Tea: A retail store, spa and tasting room located in Victoria’s historic Chinatown that has been in operation since 1992. Silk Road Teas are created and blended in Victoria. Fresh botanicals from around the world and the West Coast are carefully prepared to yield a superb tea experience. Silk Road is still owned and operated by Daniela Cubelic who ensures that not only are her teas presented and prepared in the time honoured tea tradition, but that Silk Road is also managed as a sustainable, triple bottom line company with exceptional service. For more information, and to view the schedule, visit www.silkroadteablog.com/.