It’s almost my favorite time of year, World Tea Expo! Next week Las Vegas will be invaded by tea industry representatives from all over the world. I have not been able to attend since 2016 so I am very much looking forward to catching up with everyone. It will also be some much needed time off (although not quite as relaxing as a typical vacation).
There will be a lot going on that week but here are two events that you definitely won’t want to miss.
Tea Bloggers Roundtable
Tea Bloggers Roundtable is a long-standing WTE tradition. Bloggers from all of the U.S. (and the rest of the world) gather for a lively panel discussion. It is a great opportunity to pose questions to some of the best and brightest tea writers out there.
This year’s panel consists of:
- Jo – Scandalous Tea
- Darlene – The Tea Enthusiast’s Scrapbook
- Rachel – iHeartTeas
- Sara – Tea Happiness
- Daniella – Tea Cachai
- Char – Oolong Owl
- Geoff – Steep Stories of the Lazy Literatus
- Connie – Tea in Spoons
The 2019 Tea Bloggers Roundtable will be held on Tuesday, June 11th from 1:30-2:30 pm. The room number hasn’t been announced yet but I’ll be sure to update this post once it is. I am super bummed to not be able to attend or participate in the roundtable due to a scheduling conflict. Who wants to take notes and pictures so that they can fill me in afterward?
Tea Masters Cup
One of the things I am looking forward to most this year is the first U.S. national qualifying round for the Tea Masters Cup. I’ve been following their events through social media for years. The amazing pictures and videos always made me wish there was a way to inspire such an active tea culture here in the U.S.
The competition will take place on the show floor on June 11th and 12th. Competitors will show off their skills in the categories of tea preparation and mixology. I’m incredibly honored (and nervous!) to be on the panel of judges for this momentous occasion.
Will I see you at World Tea Expo this year? What are you looking forward to the most?
Disclaimer: World Tea Expo is a B2B trade show and not open to the general public. You must be able to provide proof of direct involvement in the tea industry in order to attend.