Once a small, intimate tea tasting among friends, Kulov’s Tea Festival has grown over the past ten years into a celebration of tea with educational workshops, exhibitions, tea tasting booths and live musical performances.
This year’s event at Royal/T in Culver City kicks off with a free lecture on tea and fair trade (Saturday, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.). Throughout the weekend you can attend workshops ($5 to $20) on Chinese YiXing teapots, tea blending and cooking with tea â€” there’s even a children’s tea etiquette class. General admission to the tea marketplace with dozens of vendors is free, as are the performances throughout the weekend. If you’ve been dreaming of catching a Tsugaru-Jamisen (a variety of three-stringed shamisen) concert, but that trip to Japan isn’t happening anytime soon, it’s your lucky weekend.
Kulov’s Tea Festival
Saturday- Sunday, May 1 – 2
Royal/T, 8910 Washington Blvd., Culver City
Schedule & tickets at kulovteafest.com, or callÂ 310.699.7271