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Pasadena Festival of Tea

  • Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden 270 Arlington Drive Pasadena, CA, 91105 United States (map)

One of the garden’s most popular events, the Pasadena Festival of Tea will be held again at the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden during its regular Open Day Last Sunday in March. This year there is big news--the garden will open its new gift shop, "Takara-ten" full of beautiful treasures.

With spring in full bloom in the garden, the festival will delight tea lovers and garden lovers alike. Local tea vendors will offer tastings and sales of a wide variety of teas and tea accessories. Tasting cups will be included with admission so visitors can sample Darjeeling and Assam teas, Korean herbal blends, Chinese Oolong and Puerh teas, Japanese Matcha, Sencha and other green teas, Taiwan Oolong teas, herbal blends and flavored teas.

Tea specialists will give talks throughout the day and Dr. Bradford King, President of the Southern California Camellia Society, will give a talk about these delicate Asian flowers and their relationship to tea.

With an additional reservation, you can attend a tea ceremony in the Niko-an Teahouse and enjoy traditional tea and sweets while hearing about the traditions behind ancient rituals that are still honored today. Then visit En Gallery where there will be an exhibition of tea ceramics and prints by local artist, Julie Bagish.