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Tea lovers rejoice. Royal/T in Culver City – the playful Japanese “cosplay” maid café, art exhibition space, and retail store will host unique art and educational programming for the popular Kulov tea-themed festival, alongside curated tastings and menu specials this weekend.
Kulov’s Annual Tea Lovers Festival will consist of three days of film, food, shopping, and special programming, all centered around the art and appreciation of tea. In its second year at the eclectic Japanese-inspired space, the collaborative festival between Kulov and Royal/T will celebrate the special relationship between tea and popular culture with educational workshops, documentary screenings, live world music and dancing, tea tastings, and unique tea products for purchase in the Royal/T shop leading up to the weekend-long event (Free admission; tastings, workshops, and labs are $10 – 25 each).
Friday, May 13, 2011: “Tea VIP”
On Friday, May 13 from 7 – 10 p.m., tea enthusiasts can gather at Royal/T for “dinner and a movie” with a screening of the film, “The Meaning of Tea,” accompanied by a discussion with Director Scott Chamberlin Hoyt, live music by KCRW’s Tom Schnabel, and tastings by The Hankook Tea Company. Attendees can also enjoy a menu of green tea-infused “Ochazuke” dishes from the Japanese maid cafe, including Seaweed, Sour Plum, and Spicy Cod Roe served over Rice and covered with hot Green Tea, and sides such as Kouya Tofu and Assorted Pickled Vegetables ($2.50 – 10 each). Throughout the weekend, Royal/T’s café will offer guests a new way to sample specialty teas with exclusive tea-infused desserts, featuring Royal/T Milk Tea and Green Tea Cupcakes by local recipe blogger, justJENN.
Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15, 2011
From 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., guests at Royal/T can enjoy two full days of extensive arts and educational sessions with tea tastings, lectures, and workshops suitable for tea drinkers of every kind, including a “Tea Patisserie” seminar on tea-infused sweets with Chef Kristy Choo of Jin Patisserie and a class on making tea-enhanced body care products by Tiffany Williams of Boutique Teas. Three “levels” of programming will introduce both novices and aficionados to the unique history, science, and varying tastes of tea. In addition, young tea fans can enjoy crafts with “Wonderland Tea Etiquette” Creator Sarita Gomez and performances by British classically-trained clown Madame Chocolat in the family-oriented “Kids-Love-Tea-Too” corner. An exclusive selection of exhibitors including Algabar Tea, Matcha Source, Naivetea, and Sencha Naturals will also offer a special look at their products for purchase at the Tea Marketplace, which will be open to guests all day long.
For more information on Kulov's Tea Lovers Festival, visit HERE