Thursday, April 3, 2014

World Tea Expo Announces 1st Annual World Tea Awards Dinner

I'm super excited to be attending the World Tea Expo this year. Even if you aren't able to attend, you can participate in voting for the awards dinner.
Long Beach, CA – There is more than just a new location for this year’s 12th edition of the World Tea Expo. A new black-tie Awards Dinner will be held on the historic Queen Mary recognizing some of the best in the industry on Friday, May 30th at 7 pm.

The Oscar-style event will be hosted by George Jage, founder/director of World Tea Media, and Gail Gastelu, publisher of The Tea House Times. The Expo’s Best New Products will be recognized along with a number of community-voted categories. Nominations are now being accepted for the following:
  • Best Tea Publication
  • Best Tea Book
  • Best Social Media Reach
  • Best Tea Room Website
  • Best Tea Retail Website
  • Best Tea Blog
  • Best Tea Educator
  • Best Tea Room Menu
  • Best Tea Short / Commercial
  • Best Tea Spirit
The nomination period will end April 24th. Finalists for each category will be announced, and voting by the community will follow. The Awards dinner will culminate with the recognition of Devan Shah with the Cha Jing Lifetime Achievement Award.

This is a tremendous opportunity for us to recognize and show appreciation to our industry overall, get dressed up, and celebrate what makes our community so special,” stated Gail Gastelu.

We have been looking to create this event for years, and with our move to Long Beach, the Queen Mary provides the perfect setting for a black-tie affair,” added George Jage. “Our longer term plans are to build the awards around recognizing the retailers and businesses on the front lines of the tea revolution. We will expand this significantly in future years, but this first one is not to be missed. I still have people come up to me and proudly say they were at the first Tea Expo and I am sure this micro-event will attain the same passion as our trade show.”

This is a ticketed event and you do not need to be a delegate of the World Tea Expo to participate. Delegates of the Expo can add the event to their registration online or individual or table reservations can be made by sending in this form.

For more information, contact World Tea Media at 702.253.1893.