Starfish Junction Productions, producer of Coffee & Tea Festival, is getting ready to pump caffeine into the veins of Philadelphia area residents at the 2nd Annual Coffee & Tea Festival: Philly. This international extravaganza is being held on Saturday and Sunday, November 8th and 9th, 2014 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center located at 100 Station Ave. in Oaks, PA 19456. The event is open to the public and the trade. Producers are planning for more than sixty local, national, and international exhibitors.
The Coffee & Tea Festival: Philly is modeled after the successful Coffee & Tea Festival: NYC which was featured on the Food Network’s hit show Unwrapped and has been running annually since 2006. “The Coffee & Tea Festival is a celebration of everything related to coffee and tea,” said Kristyn Dolan, event manager at Starfish Junction. “It is quite a unique show in that it is open to the public and the trade. We’ve had a sold out show the last few years in New York City and adding the Philadelphia area event last year was met with great enthusiasm from both exhibitors and attendees,” she added. The lineup of exhibitors, including national and local key players, is sure to delight all attendees. Like the established New York City show, the Philly show is primed to become the area’s premier tasting event. “Helping exhibitors turn attendees into customers is what we do best,” boasted Dolan.
The event will include both free and fee-based seminar sessions each day. “There is something for everyone, both coffee addicts and tea lovers, at all levels,” added Dolan. This year’s free programming sessions include topics as varied as the basics of coffee roasting, black tea, coffee from crop to cup, the health benefits of tea, and afternoon tea etiquette. For a small materials fee, more hands-on and interactive classes are offered on these topics: pairing tea with KIND Healthy Snack bars; coffee cupping; making the perfect iced tea; and pairing tea with chocolate. Advance registration for the fee-based classes is highly recommended as many reach class capacity in advance of the event.
New this year, Tea Course Fast Track, taught by Gail Gastelu, producer of TeaCourse.com. This half-day tea intensive is designed for a business ready to incorporate tea into its food and beverage offerings. The seminar will provide all of the knowledge you need to get started right away. More information is available at www.CoffeeAndTeaFestival.com/philly under the “seminars” tab.
The event will help raise funds and awareness for Cup for Education, a non-profit group that provides help to the poor, rural coffee communities of Central and Latin America. Cup for Education is conducting a small electronics drive and attendees are asked to bring old phones, iPods, electronic organizers, cameras, and/or tablets-even if they don’t work anymore-and the charity will recycle them to raise funds.
Tickets, which include tastings from the international lineup of coffee and tea exhibitors as well as attendance at select seminars, can be purchased at the event website for $20 each. Goodie bags will be distributed to the first 1,000 attendees each day. More information on this exciting event is available at www.CoffeeAndTeaFestival.com/philly.
[All images courtesy of CoffeeAndTeaFestival.com]