The second edition of Singapore Tea Festival kicks off today with over 100 varieties and blends from 30 local and international tea brands on show.
Following its inaugural launch last year, the Singapore Tea Festival is back this weekend for its second edition. Set to take place from 21 to 23 September, the event will be held at Ion Orchard and will showcase over 100 varieties and blends from 30 local and international tea brands. The teas are grouped into four categories: Modern Blends by local makers, Classic Blends showcasing single-origin and unblended teas, Lifestyle brands and flavours, as well as flavours from Beyond Our Shores.
Some not-to-be-missed items include Sucre’s durian tea ($17.80 for 30g), Gryphon Tea’s botanically cold brewed sparkling range ($6 each), Tea Chapter’s Imperial Golden Cassia ($35 for 50g) which is said to be similar to the one served to Queen Elizabeth II in 1989, Brew Me’s organic teas from Bali, and Ito En’s green teas which are best brewed with room temperature water.
The highlight of this year’s festival, however, is the newly launched Teapasar, the first global omni-channel marketplace featuring local and international tea brands. Created by the organisers of the festival to encourage a seamless online-offline-online shopping experience, Teapasar comprises three pillars—namely the tea marketplace, ProfilePrint and Taste Map. ProfilePrint is a taste profile mapping and metabolomic fingerprinting technology that creates a unique “fingerprint” for each tea through the scanning of tea leaves. This allows Teapasar to accurately match consumers’ unique taste preference to the profile of each tea on their database, providing customers with a variety of blends that they might enjoy the most. Once you’ve decided which teas to get, you can purchase them directly on Teapasar.
Customers who register for an account with Teapasar at Singapore Tea Festival (STF) will receive a $5 discount (a minimum spend of $50 is required) and a complimentary Yixing purple clay glazed porcelain cup.
For those who are keen to deepen their knowledge and appreciation for tea, there are plenty of workshops to attend, such as Many Tastes of Chai, Basics of Tea Cupping and Aroma Training conducted by Australian Tea Masters.
Whether you’re a tea connoisseur or a new tea drinker, you’re bound to find something tea-licious at the Singapore Tea Festival. Check out their Facebook and Instagram page (@sgteafest) to find out more!
Basement 4, Ion Orchard. 2 Orchard Turn.