Last year was my first time attending +A Gift Of Tea‘s Spring White Tea. I was particularly excited for this year’s event because I would have a chance to finally meet +Robert Godden, also known as The Devotea. My boyfriend also joined in on the fun. This was his first formal tea party and although he’s more of a steak and potatoes kind of guy, he enjoyed it very much. A delicious passion green tea juice was served while we waited for the final preparations and Jason positively flipped for it.
I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves but both the savory and sweet courses were absolutely delicious. Out of everything I think the the tuiles were my favorites. They were expertly made by Pistache and incredibly delicate. Alongside all of this wonderful food we were served two of +The Devotea‘s blends, 1001 Nights and Lord Petersham. Lord Petersham is a personal favorite of mine and Jason adored it too. It has been suggested that we purchase a bag to stash at his house.
Getting to meet old friends and new is always the highlight of events like this. The wonderful event organizer +Jo J was in attendance as well as fellow bloggers +Katrina Ávila Munichiello, +Verna L. Hamilton and +Darlene Meyers-Perry. We were treated to readings from Verna Hamilton as well as from the guest of honor, Robert. I enjoyed Verna’s reading from her inspirational journal very much. If you aren’t already following her on Twitter, you should because her daily tidbits are something I look forward to every morning. Robert’s wit and sense of humor were evident to everyone as he read the introduction to his new book, The Infusiast : Diatribes from The Devotea. He also shared some lovely stories ranging from cuff links to the history of Darjeeling tea estates.
I love seeing how tea brings people together and this event was a great example of that. We all took the time out from our busy schedules to share cups of tea, laughter and friendship. Next year’s white will definitely be on my to do list.