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Participation fees apply – please purchase additional program ticket(s).
Seating is limited.


Saturday, March 19, 2016


1:00PM -

Tea Course Fast Track (Presented by: Gail Gastelu) - $199 early-bird pricing until 2/19/16, $245 thereafter


Sunday, March 20, 2016


8:00AM -

Tea Course Fast Track (Presented by: Gail Gastelu) - $199 early-bird pricing until 2/19/16, $245 thereafter

** Additional seminars to be announced. Seminars subject to change without notice. Please check back for updates. Email if you are interested in speaking and would like to submit a proposal or have a seminar topic you think would be great to have at the festival. **

Tea Course Fast Track
Presented By: Gail Gastelu, Producer of
Sponsored By:
Participation Fee: $199 early-bird pricing until 2/19/16, $245 thereafter

Profit from TEA – Learn about tea this year! In four hours, your business will learn how to incorporate tea into its food and beverage offerings.  This seminar provides all of the knowledge you need to get started right away. Tea Course Fast Track includes: Tea 101- Learn about Camellia sinensis (tea!) What is it? Where is it grown? How is it harvested? How do you get it (loose or bagged)? Tea Experience- Taste and compare white, green, oolong, and black teas to understand differences. Learn proper brewing techniques and how to serve. Tea Uses & Health Benefits- Learn how to incorporate tea into your business. Tea Success- Learn how to successfully market tea and tea events to draw new customers. Tea Trends- Learn what is trending in the tea industry and how to stay on top. Tea Resources- Learn how to find suppliers, additional education, associations, and more. BONUSES: All attendees receive a flash drive with additional reading, eBooks, resources, and special offers worth more than the class fee. Taste and compare teas and leave with your own tea cupping set. Tea Course Fast Track ticketholders receive access to the Coffee & Tea Festival with their ticket purchase that day.

for members of the trade or interested individuals looking to add tea to their business; high knowledge level

Tea Course is produced by The Tea House Times (a bi-monthly publication connecting businesses and consumers since 2003). The online program is considered continuing education as running a successful business necessitates continual learning, reading, watching the news, and connecting with others in the industry. Members/students are worldwide and many have been successfully continuing their education from the comfort of their own computers since 2008. Over 200 topics, tea market reports, tea trends, tea news, 24/7 access, and weekly updates ensure continuing education.

About Gail Gastelu:
Gail Gastelu is Publisher of The Tea House Times and produces several other beneficial products and services to the tea industry.  Specializing in information management; Gail is a publisher, consultant, webmaster, educator, author, speaker, and graphic designer.  Gail also serves on the Board of the Mid-Atlantic Tea Business Association as Chief Information Officer and press liaison.  Since 2003 she has been working to connect businesses and consumers to all facets of the tea industry.  Her passion and drive is to help tea businesses grow.  Services and programs produced by Gail include publication in print and online; continuing education; tea industry directory, news bureau;;;;; and  Having worked with consumers and businesses on all levels, Gail understands the ups and downs of the tea industry and works hard to build positive business and deeper consumer connections through tea.


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