I recently learned that Kansas City, MO is going to be hosting their first tea festival (advance tickets go on sale today!) I'm really excited to see this type of event come to the Midwest and be located someplace other than Chicago (which seems to be the major hub for many events in the Midwest.) This is the perfect chance to see what Kansas City has to offer tea lovers, all in once place. You'll have the opportunity to talk directly with vendors, attend presentations, workshops, and sample tea until your heart is content. Many of the scheduled events are included with the price of admission, but there is an added fee to attend some of the workshops.
About the Event
Advance tickets can be purchased for $10 until June 1st or are $12 at the door. A complimentary porcelain tasting cup is included with advance admission and on a first come first serve basis at the door, otherwise plastic tasting cups will be provided. Free admission for children ages 5 and under, but you'll need to purchase a full price admission to receive a tasting cup.
This is a family friendly event, strollers are allowed, although space may be limited. Unlike other festivals I've attended children are not excluded from attending the various presentations and workshops (although there is no free admission to paid workshops.)
If you plan on attending there are a number of other fun attractions within walking distance of the museum. Crown Center, Sea Life (the KC Aquarium), Lego Land and Kaleidoscope are just around the corner and are perfect for all ages.
Free parking (including handicapped spaces) is located on the South side of the museum on a first come first served basis. There is also a paid parking garage located at Crown Center if the lot is full. Parking in the garage is free with a ticket validation from any Crown Center shop, attraction, or restaurant (as far as I know this doesn't include the museum, only shops in Crown Center.)
For more information and an updated list of events visit the Midwest Tea Fest website.
Anna Marie's Teas
Bingley's Teas Limited
Herbal Alchemy Teahouse and More
The London Tea Room
Phoenix Herb Company
Single Origin Teas
Kenna McGowen, Seamstress
This is only a partial list, visit the Midwest Tea Fest website for an updated list of vendors who will be in attendance.
Other Cool News
My mom and I had planned on starting out on our annual lets visit all our family who live in Kansas/Oklahoma/Arkansas road trip that week, so if all goes according to plan my last stop will be at the Midwest Tea Fest. I'll also be reviewing teas from several of the vendors who will attending the festival. You'll see them on Tuesday during the month of May as part of my weekly Tuesday Tea series.
If you plan on attending let me know. I'd love to meet up with other tea lovers while I'm in KC.
I am in no way affiliated with The Midwest Tea Fest, it's just a really cool event I'd like to see succeed. Upon my request I have been provided with a press pass for the event, admission for one guest, and samples from several of the vendors.