Tea Festival

2021 Tea Festival: May 9 - 31

Join us online throughout the month of May to learn about the world of tea! Learn about how to get that perfect steep, tea and wellness, tea culture, and how to forage and grow your own teas. Looking to explore some new tea varieties? Connect with a local expert at our virtual Tea Expo! 

Featured Events

Visit our Event Calendar throughout May to access links to our video programs. *Registered program: visit the links below or call 705-728-1010 to register. 

Sunday, May 9, 1pm  Tea for Two - Plan a Tea Party 
Sunday, May 9, 3pm  Sunday Simple Sew: Tea Mug Sleeve 
Wednesday, May 12 6pm  Tea Leaf Reading Basics with Madame Butterfly 
Saturday, May 15, 2pm  Art of Pottery 
Tuesday, May 18, 2pm  Edible Wild Food 
Wednesday, May 19, 2pm  DIY Takeaway: Crochet Mug Sleeve *
Thursday, May 20, 6pm  Tea 101 
Friday, May 21, 11am  In Focus: UN Days: International Tea Day, Film-Infusion (NFB) 
Monday, May 24, 12pm  High Tea with RoyalTea on King 
Wednesday, May 26, 2pm  DIY Takeaway: Tea Tasting *
Thursday, May 27, 6pm  Books, Brews, and Eats 
Saturday, May 29, 2pm  From Bush to Cup: Farming Tea and Herbs 

 

Tea Expo

Celebrate and support our vibrant community of environmentally minded organizations, non-profit agencies and businesses. Browse the online Tea Expo and shop online by clicking on the links below. Quote 'BPLTEA21' at checkout, in their comments box or when contacting the vendor for shout-outs and savings*. *Individual vendors may have coupon codes. 

  • Blue Mountain Tea Company has been operating since 2015 in historic downtown Collingwood, ON. THey offer over 170 organics, single estate, blended teas and herbals to stimulate your senses and help you ease through whatever the day brings. While they are a loose leaf retail and online store, they offer cups-to-go of hot and iced teas, kombucha on tap, turmeric shots as well as tea lattes. They also have a lovely selection of tea accessories such as teapots, unique on the go tea steepers, local pottery, mugs and infusers. They offer individual custom blends to support weddings, corporate events and even naturopathic prescriptions. Get a 20% discount, use BPL20 at checkout. Get a 20% discount, use BPL20 at checkout. 
  • Behr Farms is an organic farm in Oro-Medonte serving the Barrie and Orillia area. Offering a registered foodbox. Brendan grows vegetables and plants, making soap and birch baskets, and works with local artisans to produce flax linen from his own crop.Visit them at the Barrie Farmer's Market.
  • Bohemia is quiet place that’s soothing and full of nostalgia and art. Serving up tea and coffee that tastes exactly the way they are supposed to taste, homemade food that tastes the way you remember, and warm intelligent staff that you can trust to keep things cool. This is the everyday spot you’ve been longing to come back to, even if it’s your first visit.  
  • Blue Willow Tea Shop has been delighting local residents, cottagers and visitors from around the world since 2006. An idyllic waterfront location at Muskoka Wharf, where you can shop our vintage boutique, indulge in their traditional high tea or enjoy lunch and a pint in their lake view dining room or patio.
    Call for reservations or for take-out 705-687-2597
  • Chelsea Chocolates - In January 2021, new owners Megan & Jason Leigh and Dan & Kathy Barber were very excited to take over the long-standing tradition at Chelsea Chocolates, located in Craighurst, offering the finest, handmade Belgian chocolates including truffles, buttercreams, gourmet bars and a variety of molded chocolate for a variety of occasions. They are now located at the corner of Hwy #93 and Horseshoe Valley Rd at the lights in Craighurst. Visit them to satisfy your own sweet tooth or a unique gift for someone special in your life.
  • Clearview Tea Company sells fine loose leaf teas and tea accessories. Established in 2012, and based in Creemore this proud mother/daughter team promotes the many wonderful attributes of tea. As avid tea drinkers they want to share the ritual, health benefits and the rich traditions surrounding tea. 
  • Continental Specialties and Imports referred to as The Dutch Store has called Barrie its home since 1964. Located in Downtown Barrie, it has everything you need. Fully stocked Deli, Grocery , and Gift ware sections. Featuring a Dutch Tea Room/Café with a limited takeout menu during the lockdown, as well as offering a wide selection of teas and treats to enjoy at home. They are open to shop in store or online at shopdutch.ca.
  • Creative Café Paint Your Own Pottery & Art Studio is Simcoe County’s premier art experience, it is a clean, safe place to get your creativity on be it for family time, date night, a birthday party or rainy day! Creative Café, has shifted to curbside pick-up so that families, couples, and individuals can all still have a creative outlet. The benefits of Creative Café are far more than just the interaction or calmness or even positive overall mental health, Creative Cafe is FUN for all abilities! 
  • Edible Wild Food - Karen Stephenson is an expert wild food educator, chartered herbalist, author, professional writer/researcher, Acute Canine Herbalism Specialist, and a certified Master Naturalist (Lakehead University). Karen has a passion for teaching people about healthy eating by integrating wild food into their daily diet, even throughout the winter months.
  • Epic North - Epic North Coffee Co. believes that even the most extreme adventures need great coffee. They work directly with top green coffee importers to obtain the best green coffee from around the world. When it comes to their roaster, they love their new handmade Diedrich IR-12. It’s beautiful, efficient and roasts amazing coffee. They are pumped to offer custom packaging and gear specifically designed for your EPIC expedition trip for free.
  • Escarpment Gardens is a Certified Naturally Grown herbal tea farm in Mono, Ontario. We grow, sustainably wild harvest and source the best ingredients for the herbal tea you love. Each box of herbal tea contains 16 unbleached, biodegradable, non-gmo and plastic free tea bags. with no added flavours, colours or scents.
  • Hamley'sTea & Coffee Co. gives their customers a look through their window into the wonderful world of tea and coffee. With over 80 types of loose leaf teas, Hamley's has a tea for every taste, occasion and mood. Hamley's offer a wide range of herbal teas that provide health benefits for digestion, stress, nursing, immune system, pregnancy and vitamin deficiencies. They also offer a full range of green, white, black and rooibos teas.
  • Homestead Artisan Bakery + Cafe is a local bakery dedicated to providing good food with real ingredients. They specialize in long ferment sourdough breads and baked goods, crafted by hand in small batches using locally milled flours. Their community is their backyard; they focus on sourcing local ingredients and creating strong relationships with the food entrepreneurs in our area.
  • Lazy Tulip Café is a mindful independently owned café in the heart of downtown Barrie with a focus on fresh and conscious eating, everything is made in house. They are proud to serve Planet Bean Coffee, a small micro-roaster from Guelph along with sustainably sourced teas from Pluck Tea.
  • Madame Butterfly - Psychic Madame Butterfly is a ‘Tasseomancer’ (tea-leaf reader) and Tarot card aficionado whose studio is in the heart of downtown Barrie. She has been featured on radio, podcasts and television and teaches Psychic Development, Tarot and Reiki classes. You can book a reading with her here.
  • RoyalTea on King brings you all the very best of everything British, on the beautiful shores of Georgian Bay. Their British goods range from all your favourite snacks and sweets and groceries and drinks to jewellery, gifts, and much more! Freshly baked scones are available for pre-order. Afternoon Teas are available for takeout. When allowed to open they offer a full sit down tea room with antique furniture where you are served on fine China.
  • Sigrid's Cafe & Fine Bakery Ltd purchases the highest quality ingredients, from the freshest yeast available to the highest grade flour in Canada. All of their bread and buns are mixed, proofed, and baked the day you purchase them using non-enriched flours only. Gluten free options available.
  • The Valley Alchemist Tea Co.-  Tea is so much more than your grandmother's bag of orange pekoe - and they reflect how modern tea drinkers are steeping it. They offer high quality, pure teas, in wickedly fun flavours. They are all about guilt-free pleasure in your mug (or glass)! Get a 20% discount, use BPLTEAFEST21 at checkout 
  • Violet's Vintage Rentals - Looking to add a special touch to your upcoming event? Violet's Vintage Rentals offers an eclectic collection of vintage china teacups, teapots and tiered serving trays to enhance your tablescapes. Whether you choose full table settings or only require specific pieces for accents, you can add interest and charm to your tables and room decor. Check out violet'svintagerentals.ca for a full inventory of items available for rent. Any inquiries should be addressed to Mary at violet'svintagerentals@gmail.com.
  • The Wired Owl Coffee Company is Barrie's first coffee shop/salon/barber shop in one location. This family-run business is an inclusive place for everyone. The menu features many treats from the couple’s Portuguese and Greek backgrounds. Enjoy a specialty tea, coffee or hot chocolate.

Resources

Access our database Gale Power Search to discover a collection of trusted periodicals, scholarly journals, newspapers and reference content. Using Gale OneFile, select the Culinary Arts database to search for topics on tea. Use the Topic Finder to explore new topics or keywords related to your search. Searches across multiple databases including Academic OneFile, Popular Magazines and Gale Virtual Reference Library. *Library card needed to access 

Perfect Blend - Festival Blends to-go!

The Barrie Public Library has partnered with 5 local cafés to showcase a Featured Tea Festival Blend with a suggested BPL Library Book Pairing on a handy bookmark. Visit all 5 shops to purchase these brews to-go, discover a book with similar ‘tasting notes’ and get your steep on.

Participating Tea Shops

A green tea blend with fruits, citrus and blue butterfly pea flowers.  This blend is fragrant and is a beautiful blue/purple colour when brewed!  It is a lovely warm tea, but can also be enjoyed as a refreshing iced tea.

Dawn Patrol is our flagship freshly roasted blend, and changes seasonally to bring together 3 amazing ethically sourced beans to create a bold and balanced coffee. It’s a perfect start to any day’s mission, whether it be surfing, SUP, cycling, running or just getting to work on time!

A perfect blend of sweet and tart with the hint of tea and a pink infusion of colour. For a berry lover and tea lover, serve hot or cold

  • Bohemia, 125 Dunlop St E, Barrie – Earl Grey Tea

Named after Charles Grey the second Earl of Grey, he was Prime Minister of England in the 1830's and author of the slavery abolition act of 1833. The quintessentially British tea is typically a black tea base with a citrusy bergamot flavour. 

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