The Hong Kong International Tea Fair, an event that a wide range of tea leaves, processed tea and tea products, tea packaging, teaware, and other tea-related products to buyers from all over the world, will open Thursday at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center.
The 10th Hong Kong International Tea Fair will open exclusively to trade buyers on the first two days before welcoming public ticket-holders on the last day.
The three-day fair will feature more than 240 exhibitors from seven countries and regions, with the debut launch of the Taiwan pavilion this year.
One of the highlighted products is an oolong tea produced exclusively in Taiwan. It is unique in that a tea green leafhopper must bite the tea leaves to produce a unique aromatic honey-like sweetness.
The fair will also feature other products such as a pair of Qing Dynasty covered bowls, a perfectly preserved 1950s Red Label Tea Cake and the Japanese Kyo-Hojicha Paste that can be mixed with other food ingredients for flavouring.
The International KamCha Competition 2018 Hong Kong Style Milk Tea – 10th Anniversary Special, organised by the Association of Coffee and Tea of Hong Kong, will hold its International Final at the Tea Fair on 18 Aug.
Representatives from Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Melbourne and Toronto will compete for the KamCha title. Combining technology and traditional skills, an artificial-intelligence (AI) robotic arm will give a brewing demonstration on the spot.
The International Yuan Yang Final will be staged on-site as well, with local participants competing for the winning title.
The highlighted Hong Kong International Tea Competition 2018 will see exhibitors compete for various awards, such as “The Best Aroma Award” and “The Best Taste Award” among seven tea categories.
Visitors will be able to taste the award-winning teas free of charge on 18 Aug when the fair opens to public ticket-holders. Other activities include a series of tea forums delivered by industry experts on such topics as antique teaware and cooking with tea.
Venerable Chang Lin will discuss “Tea and Zen” to provide an extraordinary experience for tea lovers. Events dedicated for trade buyers include tea tasting sessions, tea art performances, a seminar on “Capturing the Tea Business from the ‘Y’ and ‘Z’ Generation” as well as a buyer forum. – EventsNewsAsia.com