I was perusing the aisles with +Chris Giddings when we realized that we were missing the start of the US League of Tea Growers. Although we missed some introductions, we managed to catch most of the presentations. There was a large turnout and it was great to hear from tea farmers in Hawaii, Mississippi and Alabama. The end of the event was a momentous occasion because I finally got to meet +Geoffrey Norman in person. He's one of my oldest "tea friends" since we started reviewing for Teaviews.com together before either one of us had a blog. Afterwards we ran off to the shindig at Teas Etc's booth where we ran into +Nicole Schwartz.
Many of our friends were off to the awards dinner on the Queen Mary so a bunch of us went to a local pub type joint. After returning to the beach house we learned that +Elyse Petersen had won the award for Best Social Media Reach and +Tony Gebely had won for Best Tea Blog. Congratulations guys! Both awards were well deserved.
Stay tuned to the blog tomorrow. I've got an interview with James from +Aiya America Organic Matcha green tea to share with you!