Poor tea, living life as coffee’s ever-neglected cousin—or so us coffee connoisseurs thought. According to the Tea Association of the USA (yes, it exists), after water, tea is the most commonly drunk beverage in the world. This means cause for celebration.

The 6th Annual Northwest Tea Festival comes to the Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center on Oct. 5 and 6, shedding light on the wonderments of tea for festival attendees. The festival, presented by the Puget Sound Tea Association, aims to educate everyone from families to imbibers to growers to restaurant owners about tea’s deep cultural roots and current uses, among other fun facts.

But don’t worry – this festival isn’t all talk. Festival-goers will have the opportunity to taste numerous teas from various vendors and shop around for their very own merchandise and souvenirs.

While there will be some returning acts, this year’s festival newly includes an art show, Raku Tea Bowl firing demonstrations, and a Korean Tea Ceremony performance, among talks from tea experts and authors.

The festival is free to the public, with a $10 donation ensuring you a tasting teacup and festival bag. Since events are planned for over 2,000 attendees, pre-registration and additional fees for some lectures and tastings may be required. 

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